Matt Diaminds’ debut self-produced EP “The Rimbaud Protocol” explores genres with bass-heavy beats blended with synthesizers, live instrumentation, vinyl-sampling & vocals. Written, produced & mixed by Matt, it stems influence from electronic, dub, jazz, hip-hop & funk. The 6- song EP includes features from Fatlip (The Pharcyde) & Woodyard (Lazy Syrup Orchestra). Matt also features as a vocalist on the single “Take the Ride ft. Fatlip”, showing his background as an emcee (past groups include; The X Presidents, Conscience).
On stage, Matt Diamind combines live production, DJ mixing & emceeing to create a seamless, high-energy set. Last fall Matt joined NYC group The Beatnuts on a Canadian tour as their opener as well as their DJ. Matt has extensively toured in 13 countries (North America/Europe) since 2012 (opening on tours for artists such as Raekwon (Wu-Tang), Fatlip & Slimkid3 of The Pharcyde, KRS-One, Rakim, Slum Village, Apathy & Celph Titled) & has performed at Canadian festivals such as Rifflandia, NXNE, 5-Acre Shaker & Honda Celebration of Lights. Matt has collaborated on studio singles/videos with renowned artists, such as KRS-One, Fatlip, J-Sw!ft & Slimkid3.
Music video for “Take the Ride” ft. Fatlip
PUFFA PODCAST EP 42
December 11, 2018 - Matt Diamind is a guest on Cannabis Culture’s Puffa Podcast Episode 42
BEATROUTE: BEST OF 2017 VANCOUVER LOCAL RELEASES
December 19, 2017 - The X Presidents’ self-produced second album is a largely introspective affair, with tracks ranging in tone from melancholic, guitar-driven reflections like “What I Should Have Said” and “Get Me Through” to the more feel-good “Carefree” and “Tumblin’.” Jazz, blues, and rock influences underscore the album, resulting in a cohesive, relevant release from a local hip-hop crew worth keeping an eye out for.