We had the good fortune of connecting with David Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, what do you attribute your success to?
Authenticity. There’s no doubt in my mind that is what has gotten me to where I am. When I started this crazy music journey, I didn’t understand the industry or how being an artist even worked. I just thought that if I put out music and looked cool doing it, that’s it. People will like me. I was so wrong! I was so afraid that people wouldn’t like me for me, so I tried to keep as much to myself as possible. My life wasn’t glamorous (and still isn’t). I had mental health struggles, I didn’t have a lot of money, and I thought that publicizing all of that would make people want nothing to do with me. I wasn’t allowing people the chance to connect with the real me because I was pushing them away out of fear. Once I took a risk and started being more vulnerable and authentic to myself, it changed everything. Now I have a clear sense of who I am as an artist and the message that I want to communicate to my fans.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
First and foremost, I wouldn’t be where I am today without my fans and supporters! If no one listened to my music and connected with me the way that they do, music would still be a dream of mine. Initially, it was difficult. I had no performance experience and no prior knowledge of the music industry. The only real supporters I had were my mom and my friends. I recorded my first original song on a microphone I bought at GameStop on a computer that was basically a million years old. I was so intent on making my dream a reality that I’d use whatever I had at my disposal to achieve my goals.
Eventually, though, my support system expanded, and I taught myself how to grow and improve with the new resources and opportunities that I had access to.
I’ve learned and lived by two lessons in life: don’t be afraid to say “no,” and be careful who you trust. It’s no secret that the music industry’s filled with some talented people with kind souls. However, it’s also filled with people who have hidden agendas. I’ve dealt with some people who I thought were good-hearted and well-intentioned, but they turned out to be thieves, liars, and scumbags. So, I’ve learned to be extremely careful of the people I allow into my space both personally and professionally.
I always do my best to find ways to create songs that relate to everyone and not just a specific group of people. Ninety-five percent of songs out there right now (as well as ones yet to be written) are various repetitions of the same thing, love. I have nothing against love or the people who choose to write about it. However, being human, we are complex and experience so much more than just love. Those other aspects of the human condition are what I choose to explore in my music.
The most important thing that I want people to know about me is that what you see is what you get. I love music, I’m a philosopher, I eat burritos, and I’m a sensitive guy who likes to talk about feelings. I don’t try to be someone I’m not for clout or acceptance. I take immense pride in my vulnerability and authenticity, both in life and in my music. When you try to be someone your not, people can see right through it. It’s so much more meaningful when your success comes from just being yourself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First I’d say we’d have to get an early breakfast at Keke’s. Walt Disney World would have to take up at least 3 or 4 days. After that, I’d lunch at Infusion Tea or The Stubborn Mule! Follow up with 2 or 3 days at Universal Studios. Specifically in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can’t go without getting a robe, a wand, and trying Butterbeer! Then, finally, end with a nice dinner at Moe’s Southwest Grill because they are the BEST EVER and some drinks at either Brass Tap or the Stubborn Mule!!!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people have contributed to my success, like my friends and family, my mom, my fans, my philosophy professor from college, but I have to shout out my manager and friend, Amanda. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am if it weren’t for her. She’s done so much for me that I feel I don’t deserve her. She’s one of the hardest-working people I know, a true boss. Once she sets her mind to something, she goes after it with brute force. She’s always learning new things and constantly seeks to understand my experience as an artist and what she can do to help us take it to the next level. Amanda is the best, I love her so much and I’m so grateful for everything she does!