Eclectic Minneapolis musician Diane releases her first solo hip-hop EP, Earth to Diane, an upbeat, introspective work featuring themes of grief, romance, angst, growth, and sexuality. The release show at 7th St Entry will feature a full live band with special guests Crescent Moon + Big Trouble and MAKR.

Earth To Diane is an alternative hip-hop record that sounds more like a mixtape than a cohesive album. Featuring six different Minnesota producers on each track, Earth to Diane is riddled with contrasting soundscapes and stylistic experimentation. Featured producers include HALEY, DOSH (Andrew Bird, The Cloak Ox), MAKR (Marijuana Deathsquads, Ringing Bell), Just Pete (Nooky Jones), Greg Schutte (Ryan Bingham, Chastity Brown), and Miles Hanson (Erik Hutchinson).

“I’m a go-getter who strives to learn and grow from failure,” Diane says. “This album is a product of my neurosis and depression intentionally channeled through creativity to somehow develop a more compassionate, better understanding of myself and the world around me.”

On October 30, 2021, Diane released her first single and music video, “Out of Order”, off Earth to Diane. Produced by acclaimed singer/songwriter/instrumentalist HALEY (FKA Haley Bonar), this hip-hop single features distorted soundscapes and heavy guitar riffs backing in-your-face lyricism and voice tracking.

Diane’s playful and poetic lyricism is a constant. Her words are developed through a stream of consciousness voice that patterns itself to the rhythm and flow of the music. As someone who loves nearly all music genres, Diane is carefree in her exploration of sound and noise. It’s as though unpredictability is the goal. Yet, each song is crafted to connect to universal themes almost any person can relate to. From atonal to melodic, cute to dark, tender to authoritative, Earth To Diane will take listeners on an emotional journey of creativity and musical ingenuity from an underrepresented voice in music, let alone hip-hop.

"I hope that others like me can find a home in my music," Diane says. "As a sensitive, queer person, I know how wonderful it can feel to discover I am not alone in my thoughts, identity and personality."

Since moving to Minneapolis in 2018, Diane has become a fixture in the Twin Cities music scene. 2021 was especially a year of accomplishments. She was named host/producer of The Local Show powered by Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current; wrapped up her artist fellowship year with the McKnight Foundation; co-emceed the bluegrass festival Blue Ox headlined by Jason Isbell; performed for a Minnesota Lynx WNBA Halftime Show; headlined the local music stage at Basilica Block Party; and served as an artist-in-residence at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska.

Diane gained notoriety as a musician in her hometown of Fargo-Moorhead. The Fargo South High School and Minnesota State University Moorhead music grad fronts the local hip-hop band D Mills & The Thrills. She served as the editor-in-chief of the local alt-weekly High Plains Reader. And she booked music for celebrated indie music venue The Aquarium.

Past Shows


Jan
15
th
2022
7th St Entry
Jan
15
th
2022
7th St Entry

Diane

'Earth to Diane' Album Release Show
with Crescent Moon + Big Trouble and MAKR
Jan
14
th
2022
Turf Club
Jan
14
th
2022
Turf Club
Cancelled

A Tribute to
Dolly Parton

with CECELIA ERHOLTZ (of TABAH), DIANE, FAITH BOBLETT, JAEDYN JAMES, JILLIAN RAE, LESLIE VINCENT, LYDIA LIZA, MADISON HALLMAN, MOLLY BRANDT, SIRI UNDLIN (of HUMBIRD), and THEYSELF
Sep
4
th
2021
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater
Sep
4
th
2021
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater

First Avenue Goes To The Fair
feat. Colin Campbell, Diane, EVV, Longshot, Monica LaPlante

Hosted by Nur-D
with house band Al Church and The Congregation
Aug
27
th
2021
Turf Club
Aug
27
th
2021
Turf Club

A Tribute to
Shania Twain

Backed by the All Star A LITTLE TOO SHORT TO BE STORMTROOPERS band featuring members of GENERAL B AND THE WIZ, RUBEN, THE OK FACTOR, THEYSELF, SLEEP STUDY, and THE PLOTT HOUNDS
with Jillian Rae, Faith Boblett, Savannah Smith and more!
Aug
11
th
2021
7th St Entry
Aug
11
th
2021
7th St Entry

Natalie Fideler

with Jessica Vines and Diane

More Shows

Jun
9
th
Fine Line

Emmit Fenn

Mar
28
th
Turf Club

Genesis Owusu

Feb
15
th
7th St Entry

Bruise Violet, RiGBY and EVV

May
29
th
Turf Club

The Body