Mozado – “Tangerine Dreams” ft. Danny Diamonds

By: Seamus Fay

At his very core as an artist, Danny Diamonds most impactfully makes his presence known by creating soundtracks to the universal moods and feelings we all experience on a day-to-day basis. His music is easy to resonate with on a wide scale, for this reason, and today, he shows this off yet again with a bright new offering, “Tangerine Dreams” alongside Boston-based producer, Mozado. Transporting listeners back into the sun-soaked days of the summer, this song is most definitely an anthem of sorts, and quite frankly, it’s one of Diamonds’ finest performances to date.

That said, the essence of “Tangerine Dreams” arrives in the form of immense ambition and even greater dedication. Danny Diamonds has his sights set on the top, and over a backdrop of sparkling melodies and energetic drumlines, he proclaims his commitments to paving his own lane and finding success regardless of what it takes. Considering the Boston native’s wide arsenal of musical talents, I truly believe that he’s going to bring this star-studded dream to fruition very, very soon, and when that happens, we’ll be able to look back on “Tangerine Dreams” with a genuine smile.

Mozado snapped on this one by giving Diamonds just the right instrumental for the occasion, so be sure to check out the latest collaboration from the two Massachusetts representatives at the link below!

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An Interview With Danny Diamonds

By: Seamus Fay

In all my time covering new music for Graduation Music, the artists that have always stuck with me most are those who never seem to compromise the quality of their music just to increase their output. These are the artists who seem to care most about their art, and naturally, by releasing only once in a while, they tend to make much more noise when a new song or project finally does come out. Such is the case with Massachusetts-based artist Danny Diamonds.

Diamonds has been on my radar for over a year now, and by staying true to himself in every sense of his artistry, it goes without saying that his stocks are rapidly rising. This budding talent has always been a Graduation Music favorite, so it only makes sense that we reached out to him for an interview. Read our conversation about Danny Diamonds’ beginnings, creative process, hair, and more below.


To start, where are you originally from? How did you start making music?

I grew up on the edge of Brookline/Allston, MA. One of my best friends in 5th grade started rapping and he got a lot of attention at school. I always thought I could do better than him, so that was kinda why I started writing music, to affirm myself.

What has been the proudest moment of your career as an artist as of yet?

Honestly, the completion of my song “The Fall” is up there as probably my proudest moment. I’ve never been so diligent with a song before, in writing or recording. Every lyric is such a clever bar (double, even triple meanings) and the background vocals are so dense and perfect. One of my favorite tracks that I’ve ever made for sure.

Who are three of your dream collaborations?

Medasin, Monte Booker, Snakehips.

Explain the creative process behind your latest EP, For The Record. How long has it been in the works and how did everything come together? What was your mindset while creating the project?

The theme of the EP was actually based around “Stuck” which was the first song I finished on the project maybe last December. The concept was to sort of make a collection of songs that were all about my romantic encounters with women, but from different chronological parts of the relationship. The writing of each song is in a different tone and describes a different situation but they are all based around that raw emotion that develops from investing a lot of time into someone whether it’s “I don’t give a fuck anymore” or “let’s figure this out”.

The project didn’t flow as cohesively as I had hoped so I decided to rename it as an EP. Now it’s more of a collection of what I’ve been working on as of late and really a statement about where I am as an artist + how much I’ve progressed in the past year. The theme is still somewhat there though.

We have to mention it — everyone loves the hair! It adds some individuality to your image. Who is an artist that you look up to in terms of the way they rock their own hair?

Thank you bro, I don’t really look up to anyone really for hairstyle. I’m honestly just feelin the long hair right now.

How and when did you and Chase Murphy meet? What made you decide to join forces and create Golden Boy Music Group?

I met Chase when I was a Sophomore in High School. We did a lil freestyle session at his crib the first time we chilled and he said he wanted to start recording my stuff at his place. We recorded a bunch of my old songs on his lil bedroom setup and became really close during that time.

One day I came to him with the idea for Golden Boy and he was invested immediately. I think GB really perfectly embodied what we both wanted to accomplish with our music overall, especially from the standpoint of being from Boston (a city not very well known for Hip-Hop). Our image plays into the branding really well too.

Lastly, what can fans expect from Danny Diamonds in the future? What can we expect from Golden Boy Music Group?

Now that the EP is out I want to really branch out with my music in terms of genre. Right now I’m focused on kinda pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I also want to get back to my electronic roots a little more — that was always my favorite type of instrumentation to write to.

Any fans of GBMG have a lot to look forward to! Chase has some really amazing music on the way and we’ve got a lot of shows planned in the upcoming months. Look out for that new Golden Boy merch and also a website that we’re hoping to launch before the year is out.


Connect with Danny Diamonds on:

SoundCloud

Twitter

Instagram

Danny Diamonds – ‘For The Record’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

Danny Diamonds is no stranger to our pages here at Graduation Music, and deservedly so, as he continues to utilize pure talent and a charismatic personality to fuel his remarkably strong catalog of music. Today, keeping the full court pressure on and subsequently brightening up our week, we get to hear a brand new EP from Diamonds entitled For The Record. And let me just say, for the record, that this is undoubtedly one of the smoothest projects to come out of Massachusetts this year. No debate.

That said, over a duration of 7 tracks, this tape offers up the most polished version of Danny Diamonds that we have heard to date. His vocals are sharp as ever, his lyrics delivered with a thundering passion, and most importantly, it truly feels as though the rising talent is putting his full heart and soul in every single second of every single song. Also worth mentioning, this project comes equipped with three, previously-heard singles, as it reintroduces “Stuck”, “Pacifier”, and “La La” with a brand new burst of excitement, so much so that they take on new breaths of refreshing energy thanks to the fuel of the other tracks on the tape. So to answer any questions — yes, this is a must-listen.

I could go on about this one all day, but the point is that Danny Diamonds outdid himself. Listen to For The Record at the link below:

Production by Illuid Haller, Glassic, Polyte, K-Rain, Yusei, & Gambi
Feature from Abhi The Nomad

Danny Diamonds – “La La” ft. Abhi The Nomad [Prod. Yusei]

By: Seamus Fay

Between the likes of “Can’t Talk“, “Pacifier“, “Stuck“, etc., there exists no argument to say that Danny Diamonds is not one of the most talented artists in Massachusetts right now. It feels as though he has completely locked into an artistic maturity far beyond his years, and in such a way, is now at a point in his budding music career where everything that he touches is gold. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at Diamonds’ latest offering, “La La” featuring Abhi The Nomad.

Produced by Yusei, this silky smooth single finds its identity within a supply of deeply emotional lyrics that seamlessly run right along the key-led production. Things are kept at a minimum in this song, and it works perfectly, as Diamonds’ incredible vocal talents can and always will entertain listeners without much effort. He simply floats over “La La” while losing himself in his passion, and the guest spot from Abhi The Nomad brings this exact same feeling to the table.

Needless to say, “La La” is a must-listen, so listen at the link below and keep an eye out for Danny Diamonds in the future!

Featuring @abhithenomad
Produced by Yusei
Mixed & Mastered by Robie Rowland
Artwork by Danny Diamonds

Danny Diamonds – “Pacifier” [Prod. Illuid Haller]

By: Seamus Fay

All things considered, Boston might just be looking at its newest star in Danny Diamonds. Not only has the rising talent seen incredible success with his streaming numbers, but at face value, he also possesses some of the most exquisite vocal skills that I’ve heard in a minute – and it doesn’t end there, as these skills are complemented by an exuberant personality and clear songwriting abilities far ahead of his time. With that being said, we here at Graduation Music welcome readers to listen to the latest from Diamonds, “Pacifier”.

Produced by Illuid Haller, this single’s warm-weathered energy immediately takes shape as the perfect song to take over the summer. It’s an anthemic offering in every sense of the word, and by sticking to the talent and charisma that the Boston native seems to thrive from, we hear Diamonds at his best, sonically. As if we needed any more evidence, there doesn’t exist a valid argument to say that Danny Diamonds isn’t something special, at this point. He is well on his way towards a rapid ascent to the top, so make sure you don’t sleep.

Listen to “Pacifier” at the link below:

Danny Diamonds – “Stuck” [Prod. Polyte]

By: Seamus Fay

After first getting hip to Danny Diamonds by way of his hypnotic single “Can’t Talk” and the immense energy that it brings to the table, I haven’t been able to keep his music off of repeat. This rising talent’s skills are nothing short of infectious to any kind of listener, and with the way that Diamonds can so easily create cultivating sounds for anyone to enjoy, I predict that he’s in for a prosperous year in 2018. Having said that, here enters the Boston native’s newest single, “Stuck”, that we were most recently blessed with.

Speaking to the feeling of being “stuck” within a relationship, this track takes us through the conflicts of making decisions when things aren’t going well in a light that anyone can relate to. The well-crafted lyricism, soulful production, and simply mesmerizing combinations of confident basslines and looming background vocals make this an intoxicating listen with an abundance of replay value, and since hearing it for the first time, I’ve probably run this one back about ten times so far.

Danny Diamonds can’t stop releasing dope material, so show him some love and listen to “Stuck” below.

The Top 50 New England Songs of 2017

By: Seamus Fay

Looking back, 2017 was a year of immense growth for New England and specifically Massachusetts’ budding music scene. We were fortunate enough to see the rise of many new talents as well as watch some of the more established artists prosper in their own ways, and frankly, it was inspiring to us to see the work that the artists, the producers, the photographers, the graphic designers, the mixers, the managers, etc. have been putting in. Without all of these people playing their respective roles, our scene wouldn’t be where it is today.

Having said that, we here at Graduation Music collaborated with Fresh Out The Mint to compile a list of the “Top 50 New England Songs of 2017” (in our humble opinion). Below is the playlist of all the tracks – enjoy!

Thank you sincerely to everyone for supporting us throughout 2017 and making our first full year as a blog a successful one. We greatly appreciate all the love and can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2018.  

  • Young Seuss – “123”
  • Big Leano – “Broke” [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
  • Vintage Lee – “Bless You” [Prod. Jew Paidro]
  • Millyz – “Lessons” [Prod. Achillies]
  • VALLEY – “Atari” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
  • Caliph & Jefe Replay – “The Mood” [Prod. Obeatz]
  • MyCompiledThoughts – “Romeo and Juliet”
  • Cousin Stizz – “Lambo”
  • DJ Lucas – “Doubt”
  • Lonny X – “Believe It” [Prod. Gravez]
  • Juxi – “Leave Me Alone” [Prod. Banbwoi]
  • Jiggz – “Excuses” [Prod. digitLIX]
  • KREW$ – “Dog Days” [Prod. DMND]
  • RAMS – “Disease!” [Prod. Maka]
  • Rothstein – “Jaded” ft. Supa Bwe [Prod. Shepard]
  • Patrick Michel – “Perfect” [Prod. GrandCruu]
  • Alejandro Blanco – “Give It To Her” [Prod. TFresh & SSB]
  • Jefe Replay – “Stay Ugly” [Prod. Humbeats]
  • Mizzie Cash – “Maneuvering” [Prod. Rob $urreal]
  • Lord Felix – “Power” ft. Marvelous Stefan [Prod. LoLoTheGod]
  • Plad Fine$$e – “Cheese” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]
  • Maye Star – “Adjacent” ft. CH!LD [Prod. Sevnth]
  • WHYTRI – “XURWIFI (Remix) ft. Lily Rayne [Prod. Cecil]
  • Stripes iii – “Henny Down” [Prod. K.C.B.]
  • Khary – “1-800-IDGAF” [Prod. Cloud Atrium]
  • SuperSmashBroz – “Replay Interlude” ft. Jefe Replay [Prod. LDG]
  • Michael Christmas – “Not The Only One” ft. Tobi Lou [Prod. Durkin]
  • $ean Wire – “Moonlight” [Prod. Tropicana Bwoy]
  • Pistola – “Jokes On You” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
  • CAVE – “Who’s Next” [Prod. Maka]
  • Maka & Durkin – “Waterworld”
  • Gio Dee – “Buzz Lightyear” [Prod. MLVN]
  • Humbeats – “Monday” ft. Austin Fair & TeaMarrr
  • StupidGenius – “Palm Trees” ft. Capito [Prod. Lil Rich & Gruca]
  • Garrett Merk – “Simple” [Prod. Frace]
  • Danny Diamonds – “Can’t Talk”
  • Gogo – “Cocaina”
  • Polo $ummers – “$ad Boi” [Prod. WaVe GoD]
  • SuperSmashBroz – “Still” ft. Big Leano & Vintage Lee [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
  • Haasan Barclay – “Live For You”
  • CHE – “Thii”
  • Avenue – “Ain’t Shit Funny” (Remix) ft. Prano, Millyz, Le$, Al-Doe & Chase N Cashe
  • Donald Grunge – “Shade” [Prod. Maka]
  • Boogie Da God – “Get Well Soon” ft. Jefe Replay
  • Marvelous Stefan – “Double Tap!” ft. Saint Lyor [Prod. Trevor Powers]
  • Black EL – “Another Dose” [Prod. Durkin]
  • $wooli – “Rainy Days” ft. Rachel Aiello
  • Rosewood Bape – “Miss Me” [Prod. Kin Rich]
  • TeaMarrr – “The One” [Prod. Ky Thompson & Keith Bell]
  • Michael Christmas – “Top Turnbuckle” ft. OG Swaggerdick