Hard rock artist Diamante may have been born in the 90s, but everything from her looks to her sound was inspired by the music of the 80s. The 22-year-old Mexican-Italian-American released her debut album “Coming in Hot” in 2018 and has been making waves in the music industry ever since. She even recorded a duet with Bad Wolves, a song titled “Hear Me Now” that has tallied nearly 50 million views on YouTube.
Diamante later went on the road with Bad Wolves to sing the hit song on their tour in the spring of 2018. While traveling with the band, she spent time with tour mates Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown. In the summer, she did the same thing with Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, and Nothing More.
But as of 2019, Diamante is traveling across the country with her own band, taking in the packed venues as she performs her songs “Coming in Hot,” “Haunted,” “Had Enough,” and more. With millions of YouTube views and hundreds of thousands of social media followers, many were naturally curious: what artists inspired Diamante to become the entertainer she is today?
When she was barely a teenager, Diamante was a fan of Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne. But it wasn’t until she spent time in a School of Rock summer program that she truly discovered her passion for music, particularly rock music.
It is hardly a surprise for fans of Diamante that much of her inspiration comes from female rock artists of the 80s, particularly Joan Jett. Diamante has stated several times that her the single off her debut album “Coming in Hot” was inspired, both vocally and with the guitars, by the famous rock star. The “female grit” and anthemic vibe of Jett regularly influences and inspires Diamante. She also felt a strong connection to other female artists from the 80s, including Pat Benatar and Debbie Harry.
“I thought they were so cool, iconic, and badass,” Diamante shared. “That’s how I wanted to be.”
Inspired by some of her favorite rock artists, Diamante recorded a cover of “Crazy on You” by Heart. She explained that she had always wanted to do an 80s cover by an iconic female artist. Diamante recognized that by performing a cover of Heart, she was taking on one of the biggest challenges of her career. Diamante enjoys challenges, and although the song is difficult to sing, most would agree she certainly did the song justice.
Diamante has also stated that her producer, Howard Benson, has played an instrumental role in pushing her to be more fearless lyrically, and it has certainly paid off. Benson is no stranger to working with a talented artist with unlimited potential. Benson has also worked with My Chemical Romance, Halestorm, Chris Cornell, and Kelly Clarkson. Knowing this, Diamante fully trusted Benson to bring the best out of her, which he certainly has.
Benson was quoted saying “Diamante is the only true heir to the female rock throne that has been vacant since Joan Jett’s heyday.” That’s quite a powerful statement coming from such a well-known and respected music producer.
Despite being inspired by some of the biggest and most successful names in rock music history, Diamante is determined to make a name for herself. She hopes that when people hear her music, they will think “’Oh my God, rock is not dead. This girl is bringing it back’ – whether they’re ready or not…”