Radio host for Current and club booker is now “only Diane” as a musician

She was born on a mostly deserted island in the middle of the Bering Sea. Which makes it all the more impressive the way Diane Miller connects different music genres and job titles these days near central North America.

Between her over a decade involvement in the Fargo music community and now three years in Minneapolis, Miller has worked as a club booker, journalist, radio host, and musician.

In the latter category, she’s also taken on many different roles: rapper, singer, songwriter, and guitarist – all talents brilliantly and brazenly shown on her new hip-hop music album, “Earth to Diane.”

The busy slender spider bee, which performs on Saturdays at 7th St. Entry under her single name Diane: “I feel like I thrive more on a lot of different things.”

Miller, 35, has been a talented buyer at Icehouse for nearly three years, fostering an eclectic and experimental mix that has made Southern Minneapolis’ supper club a lively music venue. Then last fall she was announced as the new host of the current 89.3 weekly “Local Show.”

In all of her roles, she has shown a knack for engaging with the talents of women and minorities while also appreciating a wide range of musical styles. It all seems to come to her easily.

“I got to know a lot of different parts of the Minnesota music scene and know the people in it, from hip-hop to bluegrass to jazz to just about anything else,” she said, also choosing “musicians who have been under-represented in the past.”

“I don’t know and I only work with all these people and different styles of music,” she added. the love All of them too.”

Miller certainly throws a wide net into her music making projects. She has topped the power of Fargo-bred hip-hop group D Mills & the Thrills while also performing as a folk singer/songwriter and occasionally working with the classic-style rock band Twin Cities, Kiss the Tiger.

Her new CDs show her talent for jumping between genres and connecting with others.

Each track in the set of six songs was produced by different transnational musicians, including Martin Dosch, Foxy, drummer Greg Schott and fellow local star Hailey – who quickly became a fan of watching Diane perform live one night at Icehouse. .

Hayley (McCallum): “Her soul is so bright, lively, and lively, I fell in love with her right away,” recounting specifically hearing “Out of Order” that night, the song she ended up producing.

“It reminded me of the Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine, Da Brat. I was like: I need to hear this song again right away.”

“Can you hear me make the crowd scream?” Miller spits out the song “Out of Order,” providing evidence that she’s actually experienced an anti-Machine tribute Rage Against the Machine set up on occasion.

“What I’m most proud of is my doubts frustrated / As I get through town / Outside, Untrapped, Reverse, Relapse / No damn, Just clap, Pabst and it stops and starts.”

Other tracks on “Earth to Diane” include the ethereal freestyle song “Sometimes” (a Dosh collaboration), the love song “DTGHAF” (produced by Just Pete) and the funky and hopeful, Chance the Rapper-esque close “What Gets Ignored”.

She described the final song as a tribute to “feeling abandoned and neglected as a child and a lack of confidence to be myself.”

“I didn’t fully blossom until I accepted who I am.”

From far and far

Born on the remote island of Adak in Alaska, Miller was the second daughter of a US Navy sailor serving at the time in the far western military complex on US soil (now decommissioned). Her father, Mark, met her mother, Amy, while serving in the Philippines, and they returned to his home in the Midwest as soon as he was decommissioned.

She heard all about her hometown when she traveled to Alaska in October, where she worked as Homer’s artist-in-residence as part of the McKnight Fellowship.

“Even before I left the airport, I heard people talking about Adak,” she said. “It’s kind of legendary over there.”

She spent part of her youth in Alexandria, Minnesota, before moving to Fargo in the seventh grade. After graduating from Fargo South High School, she started out as a singer/songwriter and then a rapper in her early twenties.

While praising Fargo’s music scene, Miller said the city in general “was very conservative.

“It’s not a place where you always feel comfortable being a person of color and dressing in a gender-neutral way. I think that’s one of the reasons why music has become such a beautiful outlet for me.”

It’s also one of the reasons Miller didn’t appear as a lesbian until her late twenties. “I was closed off for so long, that I was engaged to a man,” she said. “It led to a lot of anxiety. But then when I finally got out, it was like, ‘Where have I been all my life?!’ “

In a happy relationship now – “DTGHAF”, which means “Fuck that girl is hot like .” [bleep]About her partner Jet – Miller said she feels more comfortable about who she is, living in Minneapolis. This is just one of the many reasons she is happy to live here.

“I feel I owe my service to this city now,” she said, noting that she gets this trait from her mother (who has been known to sing with her daughter on occasion). “She’s always happy doing things for others.”

Spinning other Minnesota songs for two hours on Current every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. definitely serves a good purpose. So far, Miller said the new job was “as fun as I knew it would be.”

“Whether I’m booking bands or playing them on the radio, it’s about being an appreciative of music — which I definitely think I’m good at,” she said.

And it’s easy to see why she’s so good at it.

“Music has brought me so many things that might not have come out otherwise,” she said. “It helped me go from a shy and outcast kid to a confident person who would take the stage, confident to try different things, confident in who I am.”

Diane

with: Crescent Moon + BIG PROBLEM, MAKR.

when: 9 pm Saturday.

where: 7th Street Entrance, 701st Street 1. N.

the tickets: Buy it: $12 – $15, first-avenue.com

View the Fargo version: March 19, Hall at Fargo Brewing, 610 University Dr.N. , theallfargo.com

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