Enjoy a moment with talented singer-songwriter and actress Diamond White where she talks about quarantine, creating and challenges.
Photography and Interview by Keitaro Cloward
Phone is ringing. Diamond picks up. Keitaro: Hi!
Keitaro: Just calling about the interview, wanna give an intro?
Diamond: Sure, I’m Diamond White, Creator, Artist. Currently on my way to Taco Bell, because it’s really hot outside and I want a “Baha Blast Freeze”. But.. I’ve been working on a bunch of new music and I have a song coming out called “Secondhand” that I’m releasing sometime in the end of May or beginning of June.
Keitaro: How has quarantine been treating you?
Diamond: Just trying to keep my head on straight during this quarantine. Because it’s just really, really, really boring and when you’re bored your brain wanders. So just trying to keep it together.
Honestly, it wasn’t as terrible for me as it was for a lot of people. I normally do my work from home anyway. I was at first, really confused by it all though. Because, they were like “ Don’t wear a mask, it’s not gonna do anything” and then they come up next week with “It’s mandatory to wear a mask, and you have too…” It’s just so much contradicting and it was hard to know how to navigate what to listen to and what not to listen too.
When I had to go to the grocery store, I would have panic attacks, because, I was positive I was gonna catch the virus. I would have nightmares about it. I was really paranoid about it for a good two weeks. In my dreams I would catch the virus and then I’d wake up and when I’d wake up, my allergies would kick in and I would sneeze and I was like “Oh no?”. And I don’t have it, but, I would definitely freak myself out sometimes. Over here when there’s nothing to do, people just go out and start walking. It was really sus sometimes when I’d go outside with my dog and there would be people trying to communicate with me. And I’d be like “No. It’s Covid -2020, No. Stay over there, I’m not doing that today.”
“I’m really excited… I have a whole bunch of songs I’ve just been sitting on, just need to put it out.”
Keitaro: Anything in particular that you really miss?
Diamond: I just really miss going out to eat! I wanna sit down at a table!
Keitaro: Let’s rewind a bit, how was the beginning of 2020, for you, before all this happened?
Diamond: Going into the year, I was hyped as fuck because it was my 21st birthday (Birthday is on the 1st of January) and I was drunk, haha. It was really fun, I got an Airbnb, I really thought rest of the year was gonna be the be the same. Then there was a pandemic just around the corner waiting to tap us on the shoulder. But going into the year I was hyped, I was so excited, I was ready to go to bars and be like “I’m 21!”, I was really excited. But now I guess I can go to CVS and buy wine, haha.
Keitaro: Have any of this year’s resolutions changed with all of this happening around?
Diamond: I feel like my goals and resolutions have been the same, because like “NOTHING HAS STOPPED ME”, no I’m just playing , haha. My goals have stayed the same, I wanna make a full project and get it out. Everybody is gonna be inside anyway, so they might as well have a new song to listen to. Everyone else I know is like “ I wanna tour etc.”. But personally I could definitely be down with a Virtual tour/ Virtual performances. I don’t know, I’ll figure it out. The main goals have been with creating and creating with good quality and not putting out trash. That part and those goals have definitely stayed the same.
Keitaro: How has that been so far?
Diamond: Well, I’ve been creatively thinking on how I can still get things done. I’m working on this Animated show, and I’m recording it from my room. Which I definitely wouldn’t have done, if this wasn’t a thing. But it’s crazy, because you’d never know that you could do something from your bedroom at such a high quality like that. A lot of the jobs we thought we had to go in for, we can actually stay inside for, which is for me is crazy to realize.
“By July, I wanna become a weirder person in general. I wanna keep dying my hair and experimenting with my style.”
Keitaro: Is there anything that you wanna knock out before the summer comes around?
Diamond: By July, I wanna become a weirder person in general. I wanna keep dying my hair and experimenting with my style. I have so much time to online shop. And.. the government check came through so I’m just gonna waste it all on making my aesthetic better, I’m really into making my aesthetic better than it is, now sometimes I feel pretty basic and I need to change that. But hopefully soon, I’m going to be putting out a project. I’m really excited to have a body of music out there. I have a whole bunch of songs I’ve just been sitting on, just need to put it out. And I guess nothing’s really stopping me, there’s just a lot of things that need to fall into place to where I’m like “go”. But this year is that year so I’m… just waiting for my life to bring it together.
Keitaro: And do you have any plans or concepts for visuals moving into the summer?
Diamond: Well I’m definitely gonna practice social distancing, when I do everything. But, I do really want to go to really beautiful spots that I’ve never gone to before. Not touch anything or do anything that’s contaminating. I wanna try… it’s gonna be tricky to do visuals and stuﬀ, while practicing social distancing. But I think it’s very possible and I’m excited to see what I can even do in my bedroom, because now that’s a whole space, I can make anything in my room. So, we’ll see.