My earliest musical influences were the songs, of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and the Everly Brothers flowing from the Jukeboxes and radios of small logging towns in rural Northern California. Followed by the strong harmonies and song writing of the Beach Boys, Beatles, and Byrds. In my High school years, I became attracted to the powerful energized rock of The Who, Rolling Stones, and Led Zepplin. Songwriters that have influenced m the most include: Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Pete Townsend, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney.
Like many musicians, I first started performing folk and gospel material in church. As I moved into College, I began playing with several different types of musical groups performing at various venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. This included everything from small acoustic based folk, gospel trios to classic power rock quartets. In all of these groups, I had the opportunity to perform my own compositions and see how they set with the public.
In 1980, I hooked up with an old guitar playing buddy and we formed the band Forecast. Forecast contained three strong songwriters/vocalists and in a short time worked it's way into the rotations at some of the better venues in the Bay Area. My hope for the band was to pool our resources, then cut and promote our own independent record. However, I was the only member of the band that could produce (and hang on to) any significant income. By 1983, I had saved enough money to begin work on the record. But, since the other members of the band did not have any funds to contribute to the project, I decided to hire a group of top studio musicians and record nine of my own songs.
This led to the 1983 Project "Cantinas No Mas," which included: "Getting Better," "In Your Smile," "Still There's Something," "Won't Let You Take the Time," "Midnight Feels Like Noon," "You That Makes Me," "Never Too Late," Not Good Enough," and "Golden Boy." The project generated some interest from independent labels on the East Coast, but also proved to drive a lasting wedge between the members of Forecast.
Following my split with Forecast in 1984, I decided to build an 8 track based recording studio and focus on songwriting. This kept me busy through the rest of the 80's, writing and recording such songs as; "Left Home," "Broken Cowboy," "Pick Up My Pride," "She's So Close, " several many others.
By 1990, the demands of my day job were becoming more and more pressing and I was spending very little time in the studio. However, in 1997, I got an invitation from a musician I had played with in College, inviting me to his CD release party. My friend's independently produced CD coupled with advances in Digital Audio Workstations (DAW), inspired me to get back to the studio.
After some initial research, I built my first DAW and began the substantial task of learning the software and digital recording technique. Now working in a digital studio, I have the ability to working intricate projects at my own pace at home and reach a new audience over the Internet. Since 1997, I've completed: "Cold Nights," (my first all digital production), "I Still Care," "Can't Reply," Interlude," "Sad Clown," "The Way That I Came," Lauren's Lullaby," "California Suite," and "Simple Minded." In addition, I've been able to digitally remaster the earlier analog recordings.
In 2010, I released "Anger Grows" which was a three year project featuring new material and new directions.
Where to now? Well, I'll certainly continue to write and market new material. With the possibility of putting together another band and performing live again sometime in the future. Thanks again for your interest in my music. If you like what you hear, please share it with your friends. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Sincerely, "Kerry Leigh" Diminyatz