Diana Espir is a dynamic girl that likes to sing, dance, act and write songs in two different languages. She was once a contestant on The Voice France and has been immersed in the music world since she was two years young. Now, a grown up herself, she has made it into the industry and her last adventure has been releasing a single called "Tomboy" featuring award-winning artist Nelly.
We had the opportunity to chat with her about relationships, music, being a "tomboy" and much more! Check it out below!
When and how did you start making music?
I started playing the piano at the age of 2. I used to go to piano lessons with my older sister and her teacher noticed my enthusiasm to play. She came up with a method to teach such a young pupil. Singing came later on after when she sadly passed away…
What led to your decision to audition for The Voice?
My dream was to be part of a show (musical) in France and the casting director for the Voice France is absolutely amazing! He casts all major shows there so I thought it would be a good platform to get noticed by industry professionals.
How would you define your music style?
I’ve gone through many phases but at the moment it is sounding more pop with an urban twist.
What inspires your lyrics?
Everything! My lyrics aren’t necessarily always based on personal experiences. My inspiration also comes from what my friends and family are going through. I like to write lyrics that people can relate to and sometimes, I try to elaborate on themes that aren’t always the most obvious ones for me.
What instruments do you play?
I used to play the piano but now, I will only play when I need chords to write melodies / lyrics. I have also taken a few guitar lessons and picked it up quite easily but haven’t carried on so far.
Who is your favorite artist?
That’s a really tough question to answer! As an artist, I listen to so many people and appreciate them all for various reasons. I do look up to people like Pink, Beyonce and Sia amongst others.
Who would be your dream music collaboration, dead or alive?
I’m just so happy to have had the opportunity to work with an artist as talented as Nelly! I never know how to answer that question because as I said, there are too many amazing people I appreciate and respect so much, I just hope one day, they would like to collaborate with me!
If you weren't a musician what do you think you'd be doing right now?
I always wanted to be in the ‘performing arts’ so back in Paris, I was doing voice-overs, and almost debuted as a presenter. I was also casted for a play so I would probably be acting, on stage or as a voice artist. I took a risk by leaving it all behind to pursue music!
How many languages do you speak?
English and French. I also used to study Spanish back in high school but am probably rubbish now!
Have you ever thought of singing in any language other than English?
Yes, I also sing in French.
Do you have any hobbies besides music?
I love dancing and acting, although they are not activities I practice as hobbies anymore, but I still enjoy it just as much! I used to be a makeup assistant back in London so I love trying new things on myself as well as looking at pictures in magazines. I also love photography, but don’t know much about it. I just like playing around with my camera. Anything creative!
How would you define your style?
I think I would call it 'street glam'. I dress casual with a bit of an edge, I’ll add a more elegant touch if necessary depending on the occasion.
Speaking of Tomboy... do you consider yourself a tomboy?
I’m definitely not the cliché of what you would call a Tomboy! But that’s the point we tried to make with this record. I do think every girl has it in her; no girl wakes up in pretty clothes and with pretty lashes and is only interested in activities that are extremely ‘girly.’ I think we all have that little rebellious side to us. I have always been more comfortable around my guy friends for sure, especially following a few bad episodes with groups of girls, and Tomboy is about that cool girl that guys would like to have as a friend but who also might have the potential grow into becoming their partner.