Rob Diament : biography
Robert Diament (born 1980 in Reading, Berkshire, England) is an English singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer of UK electronic rock band Temposhark. In 2010, Diament began working as a gallerist with Carl Freedman, a contemporary art gallery in East London.
Diament has mentioned in interviews that another passion for him is modern and contemporary art. He is a patron of public art spaces in London including South London Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom, Studio Voltaire, Camden Arts Centre where he supports the Outset Residency Programme, and also Institute of Contemporary Arts, performing live at their 2010 fundraising gala..
He is an art collectorhttp://www.defendmusic.com/temposhark.php As mentioned in this write up on his band project Temposhark, second from last paragraph includes details of his art with a keen interesthttp://www.artreview.com/profile/robdiament particularly in women in art. Between 2008-2012, Diament loaned works from his collection by artists such as Tracey Emin to public galleries in Europe including Tate Britain, Hayward Gallery, Turner Contemporary, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga and Kunstmuseum Bern. In June 2011, Modern Painters magazine listed Diament as one of their 50 under 50, an annual list of young art collectors from around the world.
In 2010, Diament began working as a gallerist with Carl Freedman Gallery, a contemporary art gallery based in East London.
- Sketches (January 2000 promo 3 track EP · RDM
- Seven Years Running ( July 1999 5 track EP produced by Anthony Amos · RDM
- Threads (2010 second album)
- Remixes & Rarities (2009 remix and b-sides album)
- The Invisible Line (2008 debut album)
In 2004, Diament emerged as lead singer/principal songwriter with Temposhark, the critically acclaimed UK electronic rock band. Diament formed the band developing a distinctive blend of epic filmscore and late 70s/early 80s synth pop. His first nationwide released UK single It's Better To Have Loved came out on December 12, 2005 produced by acclaimed producer Guy Sigsworth (Madonna/Björk/Frou Frou) on Diament's own record label Paper and Glue.
Temposhark finished recording their debut album The Invisible Line during February 2007 in London with producer Sean McGhee as well as recording a new song with Guy Sigsworth. The album will be released worldwide in early March 2008. Temposhark were in New York on a UK music industry trade mission in June 2006 and started performing live in Europe including a sold out headline gig in Paris the following July. In November 2006, Temposhark began performing with their live band, Mathis Richet on drums and Mark Ferguson on bass. The four live musicians travelled to the USA to Austin, Texas in March 2007 for two live showcases at the SXSW festival. Temposhark head out on their first USA clubs and theatre tour in June 2007 performing alongside Diament's friend, the popstar Darren Hayes
As part of Temposhark, Diament has written songs and sung with a diverse array of musicians from Frou Frou's Guy Sigsworth and Imogen Heap, Kate Havnevik, Sophie Solomon, Morgan Page, MaJiKer, Sean McGhee, Cursor Miner, Avril (FCommunications), Metronomy, Mark Moore (S'Express), M.I.A., Camille, Hellogoodbye, Matthew Jay, Akira The Don, Noblesse Oblige, Princess Julia, Richard Norris (The Grid), Melnyk, Kevin Freeman, Border Crossing and Masashi Naka (Escalator Records, Japan).
In 2005, Diament said that his band name Temposhark was thought up when he "woke up in the midst of a dream one night, at like 4am, and just said the word Temposhark. So it came from my subconscious I guess. Honestly it was that simple. I wanted a name that sounded strong. I liked the idea that music could be a weapon. Something powerful."
Temposhark's second album Threads was released in April 2010 including the singles The World Does Not Revolve Around You and Bye Bye Baby. It reached number 15 on the UK iTunes Top 20 electronic album chart.
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