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Q & A with Diamond Rings

  • June 22, 2013
  • 2 min read


Q: When did you first know that you wanted to be a musician?

A: I didn’t really! I just knew that performing and singing brought me

pleasure and joy so I kept at it. After awhile I started playing more

and more and eventually it became my job!

Q: What artists inspired you to start performing/recording?

A: Mostly my friends who were already making music in Toronto. People

like Katie Stelmanis of Austra, Owen Pallett, and John Caffrey of Kids

On TV.

Q: What process do you go through when you write?

A: I try and try and try until I finally do. Sounds simple, but it’s not!

Q: How did music help you express who you are?

A: Music has given me a means of describing my window onto the world. The

thing I like about music best is that there aren’t many rules and the

ones that do exist are always made to be rewritten.

Q: How do you feel music can help save lives?

A: I don’t know if it can but it can definitely bring joy and comfort to

someone who may otherwise feel alone in the world.

Q: Are you releasing any new music or touring soon?

A: I’ll be touring throughout the summer with Orchestral Manoeveurs In

The Dark (OMD) across Canada and America as well as making appearances

at a few select festivals.

Q: Where do you see music heading in the future?

A: Hopefully the recording and production of music will continue to be

further democratized and made more accessible to a wider range of

people of all ages and backgrounds. I think music is a great way to

connect across cultures and hopefully we’ll see more and more people

pushing boundaries and bridging gaps in the culture.

Q: Any words of advice for other musicians trying to make it or

trying to find their voice?

A: Work as hard as you can but remember that at the end of the day it’s

still supposed to be fun. Slow and steady always wins the race.

Check out Diamond Rings online and purchase his latest release Free Dimensional

Check out his latest video for “Runaway Love” below

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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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