Story by Jordan White
Ontario native Diamond Rings (a.k.a. John O’Regan) has been a busy, busy man. In anticipation of his upcoming album Free Dimensional, which hits stores on Oct. 22, the shimmering, shoulder pad-clad pop sensation has been hitting nightclubs across the U.S. with catchy, electro beats.
The album is somewhat thematic, covering love and journeys, topics that O’Regan says he wasn’t confident enough to tackle in his earlier work.
Like his previous album, Special Affections, Free Dimensional was created in O’Regan’s personal home studio. The album uses lots of bass lines, guitar, and synth. O’Regan’s favourite instrument to mess around with is a vintage synthesizer, the Roland Juno -106, however he finds that “utilizing everything to make the right sounds” is key.
“The record has a lot of positive energy that I’m really proud of, it’s about celebrating life and happiness. That’s how I felt when making it, and that’s how I want people to feel when they hear it.”
O’Regan reveals that his fascination with uniforms and bands like NWA and RUN DMC because of their athletically inspired gear. “I like the band looking like a team, bright, bold, and fierce,” he explains.
Diamond Rings baritone voice over the bass and synths will draw listeners in on the hit “I’m Just Me.” The video is out now and gives pure aesthetic justice to the song.
Diamond Rings will be appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman on Oct. 26, and the Canadian leg of his tour kicks off in Victoria, BC on Nov. 16.