Matt Diamond was born May 21st, 1980, right here in the “Shwa”. He loves it here just as much as he loves being part of an amazing team. Matt Diamond respects his listeners, he says “I’m lucky to have a close connection to this area and it’s people”. It has helped Matt become who he is on and off the airways. Luckily he graduated and got a job on a station right here in his home town, 94.9 FM (The Rock).
“How did you get into the radio business? Can you tell us about your day show on 94.9 The Rock?”
Matt Diamond: “12 years ago I traveled around out west doing some soul searching, and decided that when I got back to Ontario, I simply didn’t want an office job anymore. I had already received my diploma in Multimedia from Fanshawe College a year earlier, and had landed a gig as Creative Director for a small PR firm, but hated dealing with picky clients all of the time. I was listening to a lot of local radio stations while visiting different cities, and thought that radio might be a good fit for me. When I returned for Christmas, I cold called Humber College, talked to the head of the broadcasting program, got an interview, wrote the test, and was accepted to the program. Fast forward to today, and I’m now the Mid Day host for 94.9 The Rock, meaning I’m on the air from 9am until 2pm each weekday, talking about rock n’ roll, and spinning great music.”
“Who is your role model?”
Matt Diamond: “Hmm, this is a tough question, as I’m not really a “radio guy.” I never thought about being a DJ when I was a kid, but I always knew I wanted to do something creative and musical when I grew up. I suppose I really look up to musicians and producers who get paid to be creative everyday, and express themselves through art. As far as radio personalities go, my best friend here at The Rock is David Marsden. I learn a lot from him every time I listen to his show, and I think he’s legendary. I don’t know about him being a role model, but we can all learn something from him, that’s for sure.”
“Could you tell us about your Djing outside of the radio station (for example: bars, etc.)?”
Matt Diamond: “I stopped Djing in clubs and bars because of the crowds. The older I get, the more I hate being in negative spaces with drunken tough guys who want to hear their request. That being said, I adore Djing house parties, and hosting parties in my home studio where I can spin music for friends. You’d be very surprised at the type of stuff I listen to at home, or during my DJ sets. It’s nothing you’d ever hear on The Rock.”
“Could you tell us about your Grey Cup experience with 94.9 The Rock?”
Matt Diamond: “The pre-party at the Grey Cup was far more exciting than the game itself. Being downtown in the heart of the city was electric. My friend and co-worker Lee Eckley and I took the Go-Train in, and hit a pub close to the Dome. We had beers and experienced the buzz of the game with the hardcore fans, and that was a lot of fun. By the time we got to the press box, the game didn’t really matter. We were with a bunch of journalists and writers who were trying to be professional, when all we wanted to do was have a good time. I remember this much: Gerry D was there and they offered us a lot of free pizza. The rest is somewhat of a blur.”
“Whats going on in your musical life right now?”
Matt Diamond: “Right now I’ve been working on 2 projects. The first is a collaboration with some of my closest friends and people who I look up to musically. It’s a band called The Coachlites and it’s a very grass roots rock band. 2 part harmonies and guitar based stuff, but it also feature a couple of people I’ve never played with, as well as 2 members of my old band. I’m really excited to play with these guys. The other project couldn’t be more of a contrast to The Coachlites, as it’s electronica based experimental music that I’ve been doing in my studio under the name Mass Device. It’s a lot of ambient droney stuff and very self indulgent. I’m excited to play my first show as Mass Device in April. I have a feeling a lot of people will find it odd, but I’m okay with that. I listen to a lot of strange music and I’ve been very influenced by that lately.”
“Could you tell us a little about your experiences at Humber and Fanshawe that led you into your current career?”
Matt Diamond: “Fanshawe happened when I was 18, so that was quite a while back. I originally wanted to get into the Music Production course, but my demo wasn’t good enough, so I was accepted to the Mulitmedia Production course on the first day of school. It was really a blessing. I spent 2 years in London with some of my best friends, overindulging in every way the average college student does. I graduated with flying colors though. Humber was a different story, as I was 21 at the time and wanted to get my diploma and get out of there. I was partied out, and just wanted a job that I didn’t hate anymore. It just so happened that as everyone else in my program was looking for internships, I landed a job in my hometown of Oshawa. I’m a very lucky guy.”
“Top 3 weirdest/comical/uncommon requests while being a DJ?”
Matt Diamond: “1. “Can you play Hero by Enrique Iglesias?”
2. “Please stop playing The Beatles. They suck.”
3. “You guys need to play more Saga. Seriously.” “
“How did you feel announcing with Ken Judge? Do you think it was overall successful?”
Matt Diamond: “Ken is a great guy, but to be honest, he didn’t need me there at all. That guy was born to be on the microphone. I was flattered that he felt it was cool to work with me, but I kind of felt I was stepping on his toes! He doesn’t need any help dealing with the crowds. He’s got them in the palm of his hand at all times.”
“Anything else you would like our readers to know?”
Matt Diamond: “People have a lot of misconceptions about what I do. I am very humbled by listeners, and I get nervous speaking in front of large crowds. The one thing that always puts me at ease is getting to know people in the crowd, or in general. I love stories from listeners who have had cool experiences at concerts, or with music in general. Those are the little things that make my job special. It’s not me, it’s you.
Thank you very much!”
Such humble words from an inspiring man who was born and raised right here in the Durham Region. Accomplishing so much in such little time and we know there is so much more to come from this brilliant, young man.
We at Durham Entertainment can’t wait to see what Matt Diamond has in store for us next.