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Check out Diego Rodrigues

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diego Rodrigues.

Diego, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
After the disbandment of my last band, “The Ombres”, I was on a mission to start playing music again. Our old bassist Matt DeMartini and I started writing music in the summer of 2018, soon after, we started to piece together the band. We decided on the name “Martini Drive”, by taking the second half of Matt’s name and slapping “Drive” at the end of it… he hated it, lol. Around half a year goes by and I started to notice the lack of true friendship between us all (except Matt and I). One thing lead to another and those guys were no longer in the band, Matt ended up leaving too (we still chill though). However, during all the drama the homie Gus came into the picture! He and I continued to play gigs with other friends who offered to help us out. Finally, during the summer of 2019, Matt Coates and Fernando Romero joined the group. I met Matt at a party a year prior and Fernando has been a long time homie for seven years– he even played in “The Ombres” for a little. Now, everything feels right, and we’re all stoked to be playing together!

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I love a good story and I think using songs to tell a story, whether it’s based in reality or fiction is a great way to express myself. The ability to create a fluid song has been a skill I’m always trying to perfect. Some of our biggest inspirations for this band are artists like the Arctic Monkeys, Los Sonors, Marty Robbins, Dr. Dog and surf rock in general. I think performing live is also a great space to express our visions! I love it when a band puts on a great show, it fills their music with nostalgia when you listen to it after the fact. We’re always trying out new ways to engage with the crowd. Our favorite so far is hosting a game show mid-set.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
It’s important for an artist to advocate for the social issues that they identify with. Most artists have a platform, whether it’s big or small they still reach more of an audience than most people would on their own. We definitely feel a responsibility to be vocal against the racism that Latinx folks are getting in our country. Being a band that’s mixed, we love to support our heritage and be an ally to those less fortunate. Also, when creating love songs, I like to try to keep in mind the female perspective– but more recently, in my lyrics, I’ve been trying to keep love a universally accessible feeling, by limiting my use of gendered pronouns.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Instagram is the best place to keep up with new music and shows, we’re always posting. We’re also on Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud! We just released our first EP, “Bandits of the West”! We think the best way to support any local music scene or band is to give ’em a follow and show up to a show.

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Image Credit:
Diego Rodrigues, Jeremy Kirsch

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