John O’Regan didn’t begin as Diamond Rings—he started with The D’Urbervilles and art school. After moving from the ‘burbs into Toronto, he then began creating music anew as Diamond Rings, releasing it with accompanying music videos. Astralwerks recently re-released his debut album, Special Affections, which got him nominated for the Canadian Polaris Music Prize.
Five Questions with Diamond Rings
- Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
Diamond Rings: Klaus Nomi
- If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
DR: Speaking In Tongues by the Talking Heads. But it’d have to be the one with the super limited edition Robert Rauschenberg designed album cover.
- Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
DR: Bruce Springsteen
- We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
DR: Open minded
- We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.