Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ DIANA

Photo by Laurie Kang

Toronto-based foursome DIANA released their debut album Perpetual Surrender last year. Before playing their show at Toronto’s The Drake Underground tonight for Canadian Music Week, we caught up with the band to discuss what’s next on the recording front, crazy audiences, and Nick Kroll of Kroll Show. Read the entire interview here:

AMBY: Hello DIANA, welcome to AMBY. What’s the band been up to lately?

DIANA: Thanks for having us. These days we have been doing a lot of writing for our new album and rehearsing for our upcoming Lawyna Vanya and CMW shows. For the CMW sets we are deconstructing our entire song catalogue and reinventing all the songs. For the first night on May 8th we are doing ambient versions of our songs and then on the 9th we are extending all the song forms and turning our set into a full on house/techo dance party.

AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?

DIANA: Paul: Balanced, Kieran: Sensative, Joseph: Insensitive , Carmen: Late

AMBY: You released your debut album Perpetual Surrender in August of last year. What are your thoughts on the record now that there’s been time to reflect on it?

DIANA: Good question!! Obviously I can’t speak for the whole band but personally I still feel really proud of the album but would definitely do things differently if I could do it all over again. When we recorded Perpetual Surrender we had no time frame and barely any of the songs were written before we got into the studio. Because of that I feel like it lacks a certain amount of focus and vision. Had we written all the songs ahead of time we could have produced the album with a predetermined vibe instead of just slowly feeling things out as we went along. All that being said, recording Perpetual Surrender was an incredible learning experience for me as a musician so I don’t think that I would want to go back and change anything we did. I just want to learn from it and do things a bit differently for our second album.

AMBY: What’s next as far as recordings or releases go?

DIANA: Album #2!!

AMBY: Does hailing from Toronto have an influence on your sound? If so, how?

DIANA: I’m not really sure if Toronto influences our sound at all but having access to the wonderful musicians that reside in TO certainly does. Perpetual Surrender would not sound like it does without the wonderful contributions of TO musicians like Thom Gill, Allie Hughes, Ben Gunning, Bram Gielen, Dafydd Hughes, and Robbie Grunwald.

AMBY: Which other artists from Toronto should we keep our eyes and ears on?

DIANA: Thom Gill (THOMAS), Ben Gunning’s new album is gonna be amazing, Bernice, Petraglynt. Doc Dunn, Yacht Club, Ice Cream.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to the band at a show?

DIANA: One of the funniest things that happened on a tour was the crazy shit that got yelled at Carmen when we went on tour with Tegan and Sara. You’d think that a predominantly female audience would be respectful towards a female singer but man oh man did they say some wild stuff. Some of my faves (all shouted by women) were: “Show us your tits” and “I want to sit on your face”. I should say that for the most part everyone in all the audiences were very respectful, but for whatever reason there were always a few wild ladies who needed to let Carmen know exactly how they felt about her.

AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?

DIANA: Most: Nick Kroll…tons of Lolz, Least: A member of the Westborough Baptist Church.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about DIANA that nobody knows yet?

DIANA: We’re getting Rob Ford to produce our new album.


Thank you DIANA, for giving us your answers!

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