Dirty Diamonds is now prepared to give us the ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ EP.
Dirty Diamonds is a multi-award nominated Duo originally from the City Of Bulawayo. The duo consists of a producer, singer, songwriter, and rapper by the name B-Ray and a South African-based rapper songwriter by the name ADN.
Dirty Diamonds is popularly known for its hit single titled “Tonight” which participated in the 2020 Afrimusic Song competition, qualifying the duo as one of the few representatives for the country Zimbabwe at a continental level.
We had an interview with one of the group members ADN who shared about the ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ EP.
Dirty Diamonds (ADN) Interview (Part 01)
- Please Introduce yourself to the world! Dirty Diamonds is a multi award Nominated Duo originally from the City Of Bulawayo . The Duo consists of Producer, singer song writer and rapper by the name B-Ray and South African based Rapper songwriter by the name ADN.Dirty Diamonds is populary known for its hit Single titled “Tonight” which participated in the 2020 Afrimusic Song competition, qualifying the Duo as one of the few representatives for the country Zimbabwe at a continental level .
- 02. I understand you got an EP coming your way, Please tell us more about the project! Our Brand New EP is titled “Diamonds Are Forever” and is set to be released on a date to be announced soon and will be available on all major streaming platforms. The long anticipated project is a 5 track master piece that will prove, just like the name suggests, that Great Music will always stand the test of time. The EP will show case our growth and accumulative skill sets as song writers & recording and performing artists over the last couple of years.Hence we promise our fans and supporters nothing short of an electrifying listening experience.
- 03. What drew you to the project in the first place? Was marketing a factor, or was it word of mouth, or something else? What draws us to the the project the most is definitely just how well branded it actually is .The cover art works and Visualizers that escort the project will easily pull the listener in at first glance. The artwork branding is an exceptional representation of the Sonically genius catalogue that makes up the EP .
- 04. Did this project grab you on first hearing, or did it need repeated listening before you started enjoying it? Why do you think that is? Was there deliberate attempt at accessibility? The Project definitely stuck to us on the first listen. We believe a huge part of this is accredited to the exceptional production behind every one of the songs . All 5 songs are produced by B-Ray (1/2 of Dirty Diamonds) and as a result every song almost sounds like a crucial piece to the perfect puzzle. The overall sound is coherent and every song compliments the other, making it a definite, effortless listening experience.
- 05. Does the whole project fit into a particular musical genre, or does it borrow from multiple forms? Can you spot key influences? Have these been merely copied or has there been development, updating or reworking? What was most original about the music? The whole project is a well balanced fusion of Hip Hop and afro soul . The Primary leading sound is Hiphop with a fine twist of Southern and Western afro sounds throughout . This gives the project an original home grown pop sound that doesn’t merely sound like a replica of any particular Sonic arrangement . The project does not sound like itwas influenced by any particular style but is rather more of a well thought out fusion of genres, sounds and styles, creating a unique home grown sound
- 06. Were you affected emotionally by the music? Can you identify particular moments when this happened? Did these moments reflect or coincide with intensity in the lyrics? We were indeed emotionally affected by the Music. There is a sense of hunger and determination that one cannot help but pick up from the project holistically and more especially from songs like “Torn Apart”, “Over” and “Rubber Bullets” .We believe Music is a spiritual element and the energy exerted by the lyrical content and cadence of such songs easily rubs off on you and ultimately inspires you to keep going at it until you fulfill your dreams. Songs like “T.O.F.M (Nobody)” are highly relatable aswell since everyone has at some point, had somewhat of an encounter with the experience of love and the hiccups that sometimes come with it .
- 07. Does the project stick in your mind because of the lyrics? The Project sticks a lot to the listeners mind mainly because of all the memorable moments sonically and lyric wise. There is always something to run back and listen to atleast a second or third time.
- 08. Is there a consistent lyrical style through the project, or a range? Is it immediately accessible, or does it require reflection? Do you sense that this is deliberate? There is consistent lyrical style throughout the project. We’ve managed to find a way to blend well together both as song writers and lyricists and we show case a lot of that synergy through our lyrical style from track 1 all the way till the end.
- 09. Were there any key ideas or images which were inventive or which worked particularly well? Or some that were less successful? A lot of key ideas worked well in the project and were ultimately a huge success. We experimented with a lot of imagery throughout the songs and every song is well thought of conceptually. We took our time in the making of Diamonds Are Forever and as a result every song hits home as far as lyrical imagery is concerned.
- 10. Did any lyrics allude to other songs (previous songs made) , ideas or art-forms? Is there any religious themes that get appropriated or subverted? A lot of the lyrics on the project share little to no similarity with any songs outside of the project itself. The lyrics are original and depict the Duo in the best form possible.
- 11. Does the project express the point of view of different persona and characters? Or does it seem more autobiographical? Or perhaps observations and reflections on historical or contemporary events and and situations? Most of the songs express the point of view of the artists themselves and a lot of the stories told are a representation of ADN & B-Ray as musical personas and Characters and depict their thoughts and experiences in musical form.
- 12. What does the project’s title reveal, if anything, about the project’s impact and themes? The title “Diamonds Are Forever” represents the underlying theme of the project that great music is Timeless music. The diamond will always mantain its valuability no matter the amount of time that lapses. This is in connection with the time line that it actually took to create the musical master piece ranging over a period of 4 years to write , record and playlist it to perfection . The project will also show case the Duo’s growth and accumulated skillets during this time interval .
- 13. Are there any featured artists ? There are no Artists featured in the Project as our main aim is to get our fans and listeners more familiar with the Duo and what both members have to offer sonically . All you’l be hearing is ADN & B-Ray.
- 14. Who produced the records? All tracks are produced by B-Ray (1/2 of Dirty Diamonds) .
- 15. What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever released and why? We believe “Tonight” is undoubtedly the best song we have released so far simply because of the great heights it managed to take us as a brand. The Hit single not only proved to be an Afrimusic SC Qualifier but also went on to earn us a “Group of the year” nomination at the annual South African “City awards” in 2020.
- 16. If you didn’t become a musicians, what would you be doing right now? If we didn’t become musicians, we think we would be experts and professionals in our respective fields as we are currently simultaneously pursuing our qualifications in Law (ADN) and Civil engineering (B-Ray).
- 17. Which musician(s) would you like to collaborate with next project ? We would love to collaborate with artists like Gemma Griffiths and Ricky Tyler on our next Project. We particularly love their catalogues as well as their respective contributions to the industry as a whole so far.
- 18. Do you think you could get better as musicians? And if so, how would you achieve that? We definitely think we could get better as musicians if we had more resources to our name . This would enable us to access better quality recording and production studios and financially inject more into our work so as to reach greater audiences with more ease.
- 19. If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be ? One message for our fans would be “believe in yourself and take your time to harness your craft, never feel pressured, you’re your own Boss”