Coming next month, eclectic Minneapolis musician Diane will release her first solo hip-hop EP, “Earth to Diane”, an upbeat, introspective work featuring themes of grief, romance, growth, anxiety and sexuality. Available on CD and to stream on Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Apple Music, she’ll debut the album on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7th Street Entry, with special guests Crescent Moon + Big Trouble and MAKR.
“Earth To Diane” is an alternative hip-hop record that sounds more like a mixtape than a cohesive album. Featuring six different Minnesota producers on each track, “Earth to Diane” is riddled with contrasting soundscapes and stylistic experimentation. Producers are HALEY, DOSH (Andrew Bird, The Cloak Ox), MAKR (Marijuana Deathsquads, Ringing Bell), Just Pete (Nooky Jones), Greg Schutte (Ryan Bingham, Chastity Brown) and Miles Hanson (Erik Hutchinson).
“I’m a go-getter who strives to learn and grow from failure.” Diane says. “This album is a product of my neurosis and depression intentionally channeled through creativity to somehow develop a more compassionate, yet true understanding of myself.”
On October 30, 2021, Diane released “Out of Order”, her first single and music video off “Earth to Diane”. Produced by acclaimed singer/songwriter/instrumentalist HALEY, “Out of Order” features distorted soundscapes and heavy guitar riffs backing in-your-face lyricism and voice tracking.
Diane’s playful and poetic lyricism is a constant. Her words are developed through a stream of consciousness voice that patterns itself to the rhythm and flow of the music. As someone who loves nearly all music genres, Diane is carefree in her exploration of sound and noise. It’s as though unpredictability is the goal. Yet, each song is crafted to connect to universal themes almost any person can relate to. From atonal to melodic, cute to dark, tender to authoritative, “Earth To Diane” will take listeners on an emotional journey of creativity and musical ingenuity from an underrepresented voice in music, let alone hip-hop.
"As a sensitive, queer-idenityfing person, I know how wonderful it can feel to discover others who are like me,” Diane says. “I hope my music can provide a home for anyone who can relate to being a social outcast.”
Since moving to Minneapolis in 2018, Diane has become a fixture in the scene. 2021 was especially a year of accomplishments. She was named host/producer of The Local Show powered by Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current; wrapped up her artist fellowship year with the McKnight Foundation; co-emceed the bluegrass festival Blue Ox headlined by Jason Isbell; performed for a Minnesota Lynx WNBA Halftime Show; headlined the local music stage at Basilica Block Party; and served as an artist-in-residence at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska.
Diane first gained notoriety in her hometown of Fargo-Moorhead. The Fargo South High School and Minnesota State University Moorhead music grad fronts the local hip-hop band D Mills & The Thrills. She served as the editor-in-chief of the local alt weekly High Plains Reader. And she booked music for celebrated indie music venue The Aquarium.