AMERICAN SONGWRITER Magazine writes:
"Diego Sandrin’s A Fine Day Between Addictions is a delicate folk record, but don’t let that fool you because lyrically it’s anything but. The Italian’s gentle acoustic arrangements are offset by his heavy storytelling, often evoking extreme images such as, “I’m gonna drown my lungs in water, gonna dive right through this pain.” As Diego mans the mic and acoustic guitar his partners in crime add a vast array of cello, violin, piano and percussion. The sounds give the album a unique cinematic quality, undoubtedly attributed not only to Sandrin’s breathtaking ability, but also to the production of famed Italian movie producer Romeo Toffanetti. Sandrin has clearly taken advantage of the rich history of music in the American South, absorbing the finer points of Delta blues, jazz and country while living in Baton Rouge, La. This is evidenced in the standout “Sammy’s Farm,” where plainly put Sandrin hits the nail on the head. With all the sappy, watered down singer songwriters today reaching for Grey’s Anatomy status, A Fine Day Between Addictions is like a warm sip of a fine scotch. "
By Murray Sharp
"A formidable presence on the LA music scene (he co-wrote "Gone" with Lisa Marie Presley) and former member of a popular Italian punk band (Ice and the Iced), Diego Sandrin's debut album harkens back to the days when singer-songwriters were indeed confessional, as evidenced by the album's dedication "for all those who hold the world in contempt -- for dreamless and locked up ones everywhere for whom pain is a way of life." Despite the dour subjects addressed in "A Fine Day," Sandrin's plaintive melodies and quasi-orchestral arrangements are a most uplifting blend of heartland rock and adult contemporary. The ascending chord progression of "Bad Graces" affords a positive spin to a guy who'd either kill himself or move to California should his love remain unrequited. Orchestral flourishes evocative of Paul Buckmaster and Gus Dudgeon's groundbreaking work with a young Elton John abruptly stamp out the pastoral waltz verses of "My American Friends" -- yet another frightening tale of alienation. Fear not, Sandrin often employs Cindy (no last name given) to temper his temper with lovely vocal harmonies. Fans of the Wallflowers, Rufus Wainwright, and David Gray will likely be hooked." © Tom Semioli
Diego Sandrin realized he wanted to be a performer at age 8, when he dressed up like a cowboy and sang Adriano Celentano songs—emulating the Italian singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. That’s an unlikely starting point for this “son of sailors and bricklayers” who, as a teen, turned away from an offer of a professional soccer contract to pursue a passion for punk. His first success in the music business occurred at age 16, when his band Ice and the Iced scored a recording contract. Compulsory military service ended that portion of the dream, but he was undeterred. He made his way to the States, landing first in Baton Rouge where he was taken with delta jazz and blues and eventually landed in Los Angeles thanks to Teddy Zambetti who later produced his first CD " Ten Songs in The Key of Madness" for Sirius Sateliite Radio , his first band included an all-female quarted. He got his big stateside break when Lisa Marie Presley literally grabbed him off a stage and co-wrote a song, “Gone,” which appeared on her To Whom It May Concern album, which would sell over 900,000 copies. He’s clearly traveled the “road less taken.” as An almost-pure experiential songwriter, he not only writes what he observes—he lives it. “I have this strange technique for my writing; I observe something or imagine it from something I see and then I try to become that character.” Sandrin has kept his eyes closed for a day to experience blindness, spent a week in a wheelchair to write about a person with a disability, and lived in a rented trailer in Vegas to effect a “white trash” experience. The result is lyrics that are poignant, deep and lodge in his listeners’ souls. The result is songwriting that touches a wide range of universal themes: “45,000,000 and 1” is an anthem to everlasting love; “Aged 14 Years” tells the story of a boy on trial for killing his abusive father; and “My American Friends,” a commentary on the consequences of shallow friendship. “I want them to feel like they want to play the CD and be alone in their cars so they can listen to the stories and imagine it’s them singing; that the songs are about them and their life,” he says. His listeners will experience that with a new CD, A Fine Day Between Addictions, which was recorded at Acustic Studio in Treviso near Venice. He veered away from convention here, too, by having Romeo Toffanetti produce the album. Toffanetti, a movie director, had never stepped into a recording studio before working on the album. “I thought he would give the songs a fresh slant because they’d be driven by the world of storytelling and image synching,” Sandrin says. “He always kept the connection between my word-pictures and the images on film in mind.” In the song "45.000.000 and one,” the drummer used roses instead of drumsticks—an arresting visual in itself, but even more striking when the sound is actually captured as part of the recording.” He is an indie Renaissance man, a collector of scotch; sailor; painter; and regular in L.A. rooms such as HOB, Viper Room, Troubadour, Gig, Dragonfly and Luna Park. His regular following includes Lisa Marie Presley, Juliette Lewis, Daryl Hannah, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, and Danny Masterson. He has written for Brooklyn South, Bar Hopping and indie movies. SONY VAIO picked SAMMY'S FARM to be preloaded in 6 million of their new Notebooks. Through it all, Diego Sandrin has managed to maintain a very practical, level-headed view of the industry and the challenges he’ll face as a recording artist. One thing is certain: once A Fine Day Between Addictions is released, this multi-talented artist will see his popularity grow exponentially.