Friday nights show began extremely proper with two local favorites NO PROPHIT and Something Spicy. As most who are actively seeking music in the greater Boise area know, there is no shortage of musical talent in our beautiful home and both openers set the stage for Dimond Saints to dazzle the audience, and dazzle they did. Not only with their incredibly stunning glass masks and alluring hoods that are worn throughout the entire performance but with the ebb and flow of the dynamic production that fans and music junkies alike have come to know and fiend for. The delicate, almost elegant soulful melodies meshed with staggering bass grooves and vocals that ravished the eager audience made closing time come all too soon and fans left satiated but eager for more. Luckily for those moon loving, bass addicted, soulful heads out there Dimond Saints has an album coming out very soon. Keep reading to hear more about Prism in The Dark, their upcoming album, their thoughts on Bernie Sanders and more.
Shontelle Reyna: You have a song called “Feel The Bern,” in fact you played it tonight, what are your thoughts on the current candidates running for president? What are you thoughts on Bernie Sanders?
Dimond Saints: (An-Ten-Nae) It’s all stupid and crazy except Bernie Sanders. (Releece) Personally, this is the first time in my life I’ve ever registered to vote. That’s just how I feel about that pretty much. It’s inspired me to actually vote and feel like my vote means something because I actually believe in a candidate. I don’t have any commentary on any other candidates, except that we’re feelin the Bern.
SR: In another interview you talked about wanting to be beyond genres and not restricted by them. Do you both feel like what you have coined Future Bass has allowed you to do that?
Dimond Saints: (An-Ten-Nae) We just make music we like. Its just music, its more emotion and energy. We try to keep pushing ourselves into different elements. (Releece) We’re not afraid to experiment with different things. Even in our sets you’ll hear an eclectic mix of songs, even if theres a general vibe in our music we are not afraid to experiment so I don’t think any genre really suits what we’re doing. (An-Ten-Nae) We just want to keep pushing and not restrict ourselves.
SR: You’ve also said that you’d like to be considered performers rather than DJs, rightly so. What would you say to the unassuming skeptic who doesn’t understand the difference or realize the skill it takes to do what you do?
Dimond Saints: (An-Ten-Nae) For us it is a theatre. Like one of our last shows in San Francisco we had a full horn section. At Lightning in a bottle we’re gonna have horns, live strings, live vocals so we’re turning more into a very futuristic orchestral kind of sound. That’s where we’re pushing forward right now. (Releece) I guess just how we tend to perform our sets, we mix it live and we keep it pretty open so that we can go where we feel live which makes each show authentic. Generally we don’t record our shows so each one of our shows is a different experience.
SR: It made my heart extremely happy when I realized that you release your music with the cycles of the moon. The first song you ever put out as Dimond Saints was on a the full moon of the winter solstice and Shingetsu literally means new moon in Japanese. Can you elaborate on that?
Dimond Saints: (An-Ten-Nae) Good questions. Finally some real questions. Nothing like, whats the favorite party you played at? You know when we first started, that first song came naturally and timed perfectly with that moon and our first live set was the next full moon. It was exactly a month after so we ended up making a full live set in that first cycle. With that it just felt like that was our guide and there is energy with that, with the moon. Not to try and get super esoteric but it’s cycles and music is cycles, its energy and the moon is a very powerful energy in the world. (Releece) I feel like our music and our project kind of birthed from darkness in a sense. I feel like the moon is part of the darkness but it is still emanating light. I feel like symbolically we represent that too, the darkness and light. It just happened to perfectly align.
SR: There are a lot of people who feel connected to the cycles of the moon and its energy as you’ve said, was there a connection previous to this that you’ve had with the moon.
Dimond Saints: (An-Ten-Nae) For awhile I got into the whole Mayan 13 moon calendar and there’s the Jewish moon calendar, there’s a lot of things like that. I feel like that’s the actual natural cycle, 13 moons. The gregorian has co-opted to throw people off their natural rhythms so I feel like thats our natural cycle and everyones trying to fight it. (Releece) I don’t know about you but I have definitely gone to my share of full moon gatherings, my moms a hippy. I think that celebrating that is something in my life.
SR: You two like to bridge the electronic and the indie. Who are some indie artists that you are into right now?
Dimond Saints: (An-Ten-Nae) We work with Layla, she has a great voice. I like BANKS. We’re working with this new singer Yaarohs that’s gonna be on the new album. She’s really amazing. There’s so many good ones. (Releece) There’s some really soulful indie stuff and I think that resonates with us. The more soulful, bluesy, indie stuff seems seamless into base-y music somehow. (An-Ten-Nae) It relates to our sound. Stuff with some soul, energy, it brings you in and makes you feel, has emotion, depth nothing like (sings) “Im a candy girl,” kinda shit.
SR: An-Ten-Nae you originally created Acid Crunk which has roots in southern 808 hip hop, who were some musical artists/inspiration for that?
An-Ten-Nae: Southern 808 and a lot of Acid (laughs). You know it was very early techno, everyone was usign 303s which gave it a very acid, psychedelic sounds. It was a fusion back then. People weren’t doing trap. It was really that dance-y 808 hip hop minimalism when everybody was doing all that heavy dubstep and mid sounds. I think that’s why we merged really well because he comes from a very hip hop space and it was a natural progression of his musicality and it just worked.
SR: Shingetsu and Hunters Moon were released a little over a year apart, is it safe to say that we’ll be able to hear chapter III in 2016?
Dimond Saints: (An-Ten-Nae) I think we will do a chapter three. Right now we have a new album that we are actually putting out before that called Prism In The Dark. That’s almost in a way the next chapter but its not. We’re putting a lot of energy into this. We want to do a full cohesive album and then revisit and figure out that last Shingetsu, multiple things but right now I would say it is definitely Prism In The Dark, right? (Releece) I think that doing an album as opposed to the EPs gives us a lot more freedom to experiment and do things that we wouldn’t put on an EP, being more explorative.
SR: So your album is coming soon, and you guys are touring. Where can your fans find you this festival season?
Dimond Saints: (An-Ten-Nae) We’ll be at Lightning In A Bottle, What The Festival, on the east coast we’re at Mysteryland and a few others that we’re not allowed to announce yet.