Nina Diaz, The Fontaines, SEE

The Satellite Presents

Nina Diaz

The Fontaines


Wed, June 7, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

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Nina Diaz
Nina Diaz
Nina Diaz has been hailed by NPR as “one of the two or three most exciting, scary-good vocalists in rock today.” Nina Diaz entered the music business at a young age and is the front person for the band Girl in a Coma. At age 17, Nina and the band performed at New York’s Knitting Factory as part of a taping for a television show. Joan Jett was in attendance and was so impressed, that she signed GIAC to her label, Blackheart Records, on the spot. The band’s 2007 debut album, Both Before I’m Gone, was a critical hit with raves from Alternative Press Magazine, the LA Weekly, Bust magazine, among many others, with the album reaching No. 23 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and No. 21 on iTunes. Girl in a Coma went on to release three more albums and toured the world opening for bands such as Sia, Smashing Pumpkins, Morrissey, Tegan and Sara, Amanda Palmer and many more. The band’s most recent album Exits & All the Rest was named to NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums of the Year.

Nina's distinctive voice and powerful live performances attracted the attention of fans, producers and fellow artists. Nina collaborated with Tiësto to co-write the dance track, “In Your Mind.” Director Robert Rodriguez is such a fan of the band that he not only filmed an impromptu music video when he first saw them perform at SXSW, but also asked Nina Diaz and the band to compose a song for the climactic fight scene in his movie, Machete.

Being a public performer at such an early age took a toll and Nina began finding an outlet as she began writing new material that was all her own. Nina launched her new solo project with a series of live concerts at The Belmont in Austin, Texas. On the first night of the residency, Nina fronted a five-piece band and performed this new material to a sold out crowd. Since then she has performed to sold out crowds throughout Texas as well as at Maverick Music Festival, Fiesta de la Flor, The Austin Music Awards and opening weekend at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Her backing band, hand-picked by Nina to highlight her new sound, includes Jorge Gonzalez (drums), Johnny Shrink (keys), Austin Valentine (bass), and Travis Vela (guitar).

Nina Diaz’s solo debut album is scheduled to be released later this year.
The Fontaines
The Fontaines
If, after listening to The Fontaines' debut EP, you find yourself at a loss for how to describe them, don't worry…that's by design. The young brother-sister duo (Charlotte, 19, sings; Hank, 24, plays guitar) don't want to make music that's easy to pin down.

"We call it New-Wop," Hank says, adding that the he really wants his music to be "swoon-worthy," to have that indescribable sense of a song taking over your heart, a feeling he's gotten listening to artists from Miles Davis to Beach House. For Charlotte, it was hearing The Drifters sing Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Some Kind of Wonderful" in grade school that made her realize what kind of sound she wanted to play with in her own music.

The duo has a vibe that only Charlotte and Hank could have come up with. Originally from Texas, they were born into an artistic household--their mother was a romance novelist, their father an office worker who claimed he was devoid of any creative talent despite an avid sketching habit.

Hank moved to Los Angeles in 2008; partially for his health, but also, he adds, because he "wanted to live in a culturally important city where I could be in warm weather and still go out and hear rock n' roll at night." Charlotte, who always knew she wanted to sing (perhaps because she shares a birthday with Frank Sinatra), followed suit after she graduated high school, determined to follow her brother into the music business. Charlotte, a regular at Hank's early gigs, found herself inspired as she watched him "play at every dive bar and small social gathering in town." Even though most of those shows didn't go well, "she and I both knew that getting up on stage to perform always beats sitting around and then regretting it afterward." From that point, it simply made sense that they join forces.

By late 2013, The Fontaines were playing wherever and whenever they could. "We try to make our shows as unpredictable and spontaneous as possible; we're constantly pushing ourselves to step it up." They also began to write constantly, even compulsively - Hank estimates they've written over 200 songs. Yet "Dusty Springfield," which is set to be the group's fourth single, was written the night before it was recorded. "We actually already had a different song with the name 'Dusty Springfield'," Hank explained. "We didn't like it, but we still wanted to record a song inspired by her. The other guys in the band were shocked when we showed up to record a new song with the same title." The Fontaines' self-produced new songs were recorded at Bedrock Studios near downtown L.A. and mixed by Matt Linesch (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes) at Ocean Way Studios.
At 18 most kids are writing essays for college applications. However New York native SEE was writing a very different kind of essay.

“I’d decided I wasn’t going to go to college; I wanted to do music full time. My parents were definitely freaked out, but at the same time they were really supportive,” she explains. “One night, I gave them a big presentation outlining the paths of a bunch of successful musicians and once they had seen that, they were on board. I just showed them that I really felt confident that I could make it. I didn’t believe in having a Plan-B.”

A self-taught musician boasting an impressive repertoire that includes piano, drums, guitar, bass, ukelele, and more, SEE showed that she had the confidence and drive needed to succeed in music at a very young age. At fifteen she was crafting full-length instrumental tracks in her bedroom, and soon after began drumming and writing in alternative/indie rock bands. But it wasn’t until she started singing during her senior year of high school that things truly fell into place for the alt-rock darling.

Utilizing everything she had learned over the years, SEE began her solo journey with The Time Thief, a carefully crafted seven-song demo that showcased her incredible vision and talent. It wasn’t long before the self-produced demo caught the attention of Blue Élan Records, who signed the artist shortly thereafter.

Now just twenty years old, SEE is preparing for the release of her much-anticipated debut EP Ties. The record is the culmination of a month in the studio with producer Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Sunny Day Real Estate, Say Anything) and co-producer Walter Dicristina, and embodies a collection of tracks as multifaceted as SEE’s unique talents. “I really wanted to focus on making a body of work that wasn’t too similar all across the board. I didn’t want to make a record that sounded the same,” she confides.

Ties is spacious and spellbinding – a series of songs as introspective as they are engaging. SEE’s lilting vocals float effortlessly over acoustic guitars and electronic elements alike, resulting in a seamless blend of alt-rock and pop.
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027