Diamond Rings is from Toronto. He makes melodically smart and sweet pop music with bits of electro and synth elements. And songs are often about breakups, wishing, hoping, and navigating the murky waters of love. And he can rock some bad-ass rainbow eyeliner.
I got to see Diamond Rings (aka John O.) perform in Austin during SXSW and he bounded all over the little stage behind Beauty Bar there, playing a million instruments at once (including many keyboardy electric devices), while dancing and singing simultaneously. He’s something of a one-man band, but the sound is rich and big. And it’s simple, all at the same time.
Diamond Rings opened for Robyn on a bunch of dates this past winter/springs and they’re sharing a few more tour dates this weekend/next week (in Toronto, Detroit and Columbus). And he talks about early days, his style, why he’d make a great boyfriend (and a bad boyfriend), his current crushes, and whether or not he actually own any diamond rings.
After the jump, watch the “It’s Not My Party” video that we’ve talked about. And then watch two killer acoustic performances that he served up for us in our studio during his visit. He’s fab!
First up, watch the very cool “It’s Not My Party” video which John (that’s Diamond Rings’ real first name) discusses in our interview. Brrrrrrrrr… It looks COLD!
And now for our uber-cool in-studio acoustic performances. First, comes “Wait & See.”
And here’s “Something Else.”
Diamond Rings’ first full-on album, Special Affections, is out now. Get more sparkly good music and info and updates at DiamondRingsMusic.com. And follow him on Twitter at — gotta love this — @StayFierce.