Oakland based electronic music duo, Dimond Saints have built an ever growing fan base throughout 2014 with their passionate sound that create a melodically eerie bass to create the sound known to many as Future Bass. Just fresh off completing their Hunter’s Moon EP with the release of “Howler“, here’s our exclusive interview with the two. Read on to hear what the duo has to say about their sound, latest album, and future plans.
How did you guys originally meet and decide to start Dimond Saints?
We live in the Dimond District of Oakland, California about half a block from each other and we have a lot of mutual friends. So, we would wind up at each other’s houses frequently. We would play around making sounds at after parties then we started to take it more seriously. We realized we were on to something and went with it and ended up being in the studio 15 hours a day.
When performing live, since much of your music is pretty dark and soulful, do you adjust your music at all for festivals, like many who amp up their music for these live performances?
We’ve played everywhere from Shambala to Lightning in a Bottle, and people are dancing as hard as they can. We feel that our music really grabs people and since a lot of it is the same tempo you can definitely dance to it. We mix everything live so the formula is raw and people feed off that.
You describe your sound as Future Bass, which seems to incorporate trap or hip-hop beats, unusual synths and heavier emphasis on melodies. Who do you consider your peers in this genre?
Not to classify each song as a genre, we use the term “Future Bass” for lack of a better word. Each song we want to try and do something a little differently. We want to be beyond genres and not be restricted by them. Recently, we also have been trying to challenge our style and tempo.
But there is a lot of stuff out there that I wouldn’t say is similar but fits in with our music like Flume and Odesza, as it’s more song-based and melodic and less heavy and noise-based focusing on a tearing synth line.
Besides your own since you guys have tons of music, what artists or tracks have you played during your shows that you found your crowds have really been vibing to?
We only play our own music actually. We have hours of unreleased music that we use, but I think the only time where we played a little bit was at Burning Man. We played 4 or 5 sets in a row and we figured we’d have some fun by throwing in some other songs that we still mashed in with our beats. We try to have more of a live aspect to the performance much like a band would, so even though it’s all our music, we have never played two sets that are the same. We want to be considered performers rather than DJs.
We’ve noticed that your latest EP “Hunter’s Moon” and a lot of your work in general is very inspired by the moon.
The entire album’s name “Shingetsu” actually means new moon, and the first song we put out was on the full moon during winter solstice, and we just came into it. We made it into part of our release schedule, and have been releasing music with the cycles of the moon.
Do you guys wear your hoods for all of your gigs?
We started with it but sometimes it made it difficult to hear properly. So eventually we decided we don’t need these anymore after our first three shows, but they were nice for the pictures. The hoods let us start out more mysteriously but now that people know who we are they don’t really fit anymore.
What artists do you guys like listening to in your own free time?
I would say the latest BANKS album is really damn beautiful. SBTRKT has some really great tracks. Listening to some of Flume’s stuff is really inspiring. Aphex Twin is really nice and what he does with his sounds is really refreshing.
Honestly, these days we spend so much time writing our own music but my girlfriend listens to a lot of deep house ,which I feel like I’ve gotten more into just from hearing selections of that. It’s not our thing but it kind of gives you an idea of the spectrum of the future of electronic music.
I love artists like Kygo, Bondax, and of course Zhu. We actually remixed his track “Faded”. We like music that is more different rather than a generic EDM-y sound made by a third or fourth generation producer who are all trying to follow in the footsteps of this one producer who made a big track and they all end up sounding the same.
Are there any artists you guys want or are collaborating with in the future?
We really love working with vocalists. We just worked with LAYLA a while ago. We would love to work with BANKS. It’s amazing how many good vocal artists there are out there. We feel that the indie songs we’re remixed have done well for us and really won us a lot of fans. Kind of bridging electronic and indie music is really interesting to us.
Do you guys have any plans to come out to the East Coast or tours?
Possibly in 2015. Right now we’ve been very focused on producing our album, so we’ve been doing one-off shows and just keeping it focused on the music for now. Since we’ve started Dimond Saints 8 months ago. We want to build up our audience even further before we go to places we haven’t been to. We have much more of a following on the West Coast just because we’ve already played many shows here, but we think 2015 is the right time for the East Coast.
Do you guys have any last things you want to say to your fans before we go?
Follow the signs and thank you for the support. We have new music every week so be sure to keep checking it out!