We had the good fortune of connecting with Diego Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diego, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Patience. You can always tell the difference between an artist and a patient artist when you see their work in the light. Waiting is a key element when it comes to putting your art out into the world, whether it be for listening or purchasing purposes. We are all so eager to share our work with others but sometimes we forget how much bigger an impact it would make if one chooses to wait for the right time to do so. My key is wait–but not too long. There is a thin line one must walk between waiting and waiting too long. The artist must learn to do both properly.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My name is Di Ivories and I started an eccentric-indie psychedelic dream pop project in Miami. I describe my music to others as a “symphony of chaotic wonders” as the style really perpetuates the moments we can all revel in the experience we are witnessing. I am proud of how this music has been able to draw so much positive energy from others and people around the country. My favorite memories are of people dancing and moving in their own way when listening to my songs either at home or a live show. It took me 2 years to gain solid ground in areas like Miami and New York but I have come a long way from where I used to be. It took time for me to adapt to my new surroundings and create music based on my purest emotions. In the end they have helped me attain that groove and passion that characterizes my spirit and helped me create music for people to enjoy wherever they may be.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anyone who visits Miami should check out Lagniappe. I’m a very avid listener of Jazz and the improvising arts. Once this pandemic is over, I am hoping to go back to that lovely decorated wine jungle of a venue to indulge in some smooth jazz, proper wine, and tantalizing cheeses. My last birthday party in MIA took place at Lagniappe, and since then I’ve always associated it to very fine evenings filled with laughter and friendships. I also like the fact that there is plenty of seating outside for several parties to enjoy their outings without having to jump over tables. That’s always nice
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to Animal Music Studios in Miami! I would never be where I am in my musical persona without ever being given the chance by Raul Garcia and Nick Aponte of Animal Music Studios in 2018. They were the first to listen to me and make me believe that my music could change me and inspire me to build my own genre.
All Photography by Nicole Miller @neptunne Thank you