Diamond Pistols is currently one of the dance music scene’s emerging artists. Known for his creativity and versatility in music production, the Los-Angeles-based talent has recently signed with Spinnin’ Records to drop his brand new single titled “Run Away”, which features vocals from Chicago native Ian Everson.
Prior to this release, Diamond Pistols has successfully established his high-ranking status within the industry. From gaining much prominence for his remixes for the likes of Rae Sremmurd and Ace Hood to receiving heavy support for his original productions such as “Power Moves” and “Swervin”, Diamond Pistols has clearly had an outstanding career thus far.
Pushing his boundaries even further, Diamond Pistols joins the Spinnin’ Records’ roster to release his latest track called “Run Away”. The record was featured on the Spinnin’ Records 2017 Future Hits mix, as well as on radio shows from some of the biggest names of electronic music such as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Blasterjaxx.
“Run Away” brilliantly blends the striking vocals from Ian Everson and the mind-blowing instrumentals provided by Diamond Pistols. With its stunning melodies and piano chords, the track delivers an awe-inspiring auditory experience right off the bat and continues to do so until the end. Especially with the unique and staggering future bass drop, “Run Away” will surely become a fan-favorite heading into the festival season.
Discussing his newest single, Diamond Pistols sat down with We Rave You for an exclusive interview which you can read below.
Your latest production “Run Away” featuring Ian Everson is quite different and more melodic than your previous trap productions, will this be the new direction for your career? Do you experiment with new production styles all the time?
“Run Away” is definitely a big step forward for me in my career, and marks the beginning of a new era in my music. I’ve never really been interested in creating one certain type of music. For me, trying new things in the studio is what keeps me engaged, so I don’t see myself sticking to any certain sound or genre.
Tell us more about the new single. What were your inspirations behind the track and how did it all come about?
I wrote the instrumental for “Run Away” about 6 months ago, which was right when I graduated from college and moved down to LA. Around that time, I had been introduced over email to singer/songwriter Ian Everson, who had also recently moved to LA a few minutes away from where I was living, but we had never met. We shared a unique common thread in that both of us were super stoked to have left our hometown and be thrown into this land of opportunity. We got in the studio and instantly vibed on the concept of wanting to distance yourself or “run away” from the things holding you back in life, but not being able to due to your own doubts and inhibitions. It was a really cool process and the song feels very genuine as a result.
Your remix of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type” two years ago has amassed over 2 million streams on SoundCloud. How did the success of that remix shape your career in the years following? Did you expect it to blow up as much as it did?
I never expected it would get 2 million plays! It actually started as an original track I made just for fun, and I had no plans to release it. My friends and I would listen to “No Type” a lot when it first came out, and I found the acapella one day and it fit perfectly over this instrumental I had written! I wouldn’t say that its success really shaped my career in any way, people nowadays don’t really blow up off remixes like they used to, it’s just a fun song. It is cool to hear playing in someone’s car passing by or at a party once in awhile, though.
What was it like collaborating with bass heavyweight Antiserum? How did you guys meet and how did the track come to life?
For me, I usually find that collaborating with other producers is kind of a chore, and one person ends up doing more work than the other and often no one ends up loving the final product. Writing Swervin’ with Antiserum couldn’t have been more the opposite. Mikey and I have been good friends for a few years now, and we had talked about working together for awhile but had never really gotten around to it. About a year ago, I was in San Francisco and went over to his studio and hung out, and ended up writing the original demo for Swervin’. We passed it back and forth a few times, and ended up with a really unique song that we both liked, and I think both of our strengths as producers are really apparent in the track.
Have there been times in the studio when you felt like you’ve run out of ideas/directions to go in with a particular sound? If so, how have you dealt with it in the past? Any advice you can offer to producers who face the same issue?
Yeah of course, I think this happens in any profession, not just with creatives. For me, change of scenery is key, something as small as taking a walk outside to go get a cup of coffee can help me collect my thoughts and focus in on what I need to do. Going on hikes with awesome scenery can be super inspirational too.
What are your plans for the upcoming year? What can we expect with regards to new music? Any tours/festivals scheduled?
My focus for the upcoming year is set on being an artist rather than just a producer, and writing real songs rather than just beats or dj tools. Since moving to LA I’ve been doing lots of sessions with songwriters, vocalists, musicians and everything in between, and it’s really made me fall back in love with making music again and finding new ways to be creative. I have SO much awesome unreleased music, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone throughout 2017.
“Run Away” is now available exclusively on Spinnin’ Premium, listen to the track below and grab your free copy here.