Diamond Ortizby June 17, 2022
Jeremy Diamond-Ortiz grew up in a musical household and was exposed to doo-wop, reggae, rockabilly, and R&B at young age. He started playing bass for his family’s homespun funk band, learning music from his brother who played with session players from Sly & the Family Stone, Tower of Power, and Funkadelic. As a budding musician he recalls being influenced by the showmanship of artists like Louis Jordan, Chuck Berry, Guitar Slim, Johnny Guitar Watson, Roger Troutman and others. Playing in countless gigs with his band, he was a young man and already a seasoned performer with a soulful style bred out of the Bay Area funk scene and his Californian roots. He’s a direct lineage of the music he represents.
In 2010, Ortiz bought a Talkbox which has become a signature attribute to his music. Soon after, he was asked to perform on the song “Golden State of Mind” by Disko & Nipsey Hussle. In 2012, he appeared in his first video with LA rap legends Kurupt & Disko Boogie which inspired his first solo song, “I Love California”. By 2014, Ortiz released his first single on MoFunk Records titled “Zooted”, and the following year he released his first EP, “Boomerang” which was limited to only 300 copies and quickly went out of print. Ortiz collaborated on a few more singles in 2015 and 2016 before releasing his debut, Loveline on MoFunk Records in 2016. Loveline revealed the brilliance of a one-man band who also wrote, produced, recorded, and mixed the majority of the album. In 2022, Diamond has now released 13 full length LPs, most on vinyl, and several more 7” singles and EP’s.