1. How did you get your band name?
Richie (vox, guitar) had just moved back to Vancouver from Toronto and was staying with his friends Sean and Barry from The Doers. Sean suggested Richie start a band called "Diamond Dancer." Sean was a huge Bill Callahan fan. Richie and Evan still haven't heard the Bill Callahan song, but Carmen digs it.
2. How did this band get started?
Richie and Carmen were in a band together in Toronto and made the move to Vancouver. Evan tried out for Richie's old band, Jakartah and didn't make that band. He stayed in touch with Richie and the two started jamming when Richie got back to Vancouver.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
Mineral, American Football, Braid, and The Promise Ring.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
It would be rad to tour with any of our influences, which are mainly 90s emo/indie rock bands. We grew up watching those bands as kids. The ultimate would be Sunny Day Real Estate, just because they represent the Pacific Northwest and emo, and we're from the Pacific Northwest. Modern day bands we'd love to tour with would be CSTVT, Agernon Cadawallar, andSnowing...to name a few.
5. Best food to eat on tour?
We pretty much stick to sushi as much as possible. If there is a really good sushi joint in that touring city, we're on it.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
The music we write and play is about the way it makes us feel. We give 1000% to it. It's a feeling more than anything. If you hear us and you're "feeling" it, there is a definite connection between yourself and Diamond Dancer. That's the main reason people should listen to us - if our music moves you and makes you feel a certain way, that's all we could ask for.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
We hate sports.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Everyone who helped us get to that point.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
We'd like to replace all the baby boomers who still push shitty music on everyone (just listen to the radio) and replace them with younger people who are actually in touch with what's going on with music, bands, and the digital era.
10. Memorable tour experience?
Sleeping on a floor that didn't smell like cat pee.
11. What is your favorite song to play?
"Nothing Feels Good"...our bastardized version of that Promise Ring song.
12. What is your vacation spot of choice?
13. What music reminds you of your childhood?
The Land of the Living Sky (one of us is from Saskatchewan)
14. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
15. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
That we are really into connection with our fans through social networking. We really dig on our facebook page and our Last.Fm page.
16. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
Radio, major labels, etc. are all a part of an archaic system. Nothing is relevant. No one cares. They're unaware of what people actually like and listen to. Even the common music listener is starting to tune out major radio stations for internet radio or satellite. That's why the industry is failing. The whole model is out dated. Time to get rid of those baby boomers.
17. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read, write, practice, sleep, and eat.
18. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
Evan does a great impersonation of Jesus. No seriously...