The current radio host and the club booker is now “just Diane” as a musician

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She was born on a now almost abandoned island in the middle of the Bering Sea. Which makes it even more impressive how Diane Miller ties together different musical genres and job titles these days near central North America.

Between his more than ten-year involvement in the Fargo music community and now three years in Minneapolis, Miller has worked as a club booker, reporter, radio host and musician.

In the latter category, she also takes on many different roles: rapper, singer, songwriter and guitarist – all talents displayed brilliantly and cheekily on her new hip-hop-heavy EP, “Terre à Diane.”

“I feel like I thrive more on juggling a lot of different things,” said the busy, gangly bee, who plays Saturday to 7th St. Entrance under his solo nickname, Diane.

Miller, 35, was the talent buyer at Icehouse for nearly three years, fostering an eclectic and experimental mix that has made the Minneapolis South Dinner Club a vital music venue. Then last fall, she was announced as the new host of 89.3 the Current’s weekly “Local Show”.

In all of her roles, she has shown a knack for showcasing women and minority talents while appreciating a wide range of musical styles. All of this apparently comes easily to him.

“I’ve been exposed to many different parts of the Minnesota music scene and know people there, from hip-hop to bluegrass to jazz,” she said, also targeting “musicians. under-represented in the past. “

“And I don’t just know and work with all these people and these different styles of music,” she added, “I to like all too. “

Miller certainly throws a wide net in his own musical endeavors. She led the tough, raised by Fargo hip-hop group D Mills and the thrills while also performing as a folk singer / songwriter and occasionally playing guitar with the classic style rock band Twin Cities Kiss the Tiger.

His new EP shows his talent for skipping genres and connecting with others.

Each track in the six-song collection was produced by various cross-border musicians, including Martin Dosh, MAKR, drummer Greg Schutte and single-named local star Haley – who quickly became a fan watching Diane perform live one night. at Icehouse.

“Her mind is so bright, sparkling and alive, I immediately adored her,” Haley (McCollum) recounted, specifically recalling hearing “Out of Order” that night, the song she finished. by produce.

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

“Can you hear me making the crowd scream?” Miller spits in “Out of order,” offering proof that she actually led a Rage Against the Machine tribute set occasionally.

“What is proud is that my doubt is gone / As I jump out of town / Exit, no entrapment, reverse, relapse / No curse, just applause, and Pabst and stop and started.”

Other tracks on “Earth to Diane” include the ethereal, lyrical freestyler “Sometimes” (the Dosh collaboration), the sexually laced love song “DTGHAF” (produced by Just Pete) and the funky and hopeful, Chance the Rapper-esque closer “Which is ignored.”

She called this latest song a tribute to “feeling like an outcast and abandoned as a kid and lacking the self-confidence to be myself.”

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

From afar and Fargo

Miller was born on The remote island of Adak in Alaska, the second daughter of a US Navy sailor serving at was then the most westerly military complex on American soil (now decommissioned). His father Mark met his mother Emy while serving in the Philippines and they returned to his native Midwest once he was out of service.

She heard it all about her birthplace when she traveled to Alaska in October, working as an Artist in Residence at Homer on a McKnight Fellowship.

“Before I even left the airport, I heard people talking about Adak,” she said. “It’s kind of legendary up there.”

She spent part of her youth in Alexandria, Minnesota, before moving to Fargo in 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 applauding Fargo’s music scene, Miller said the city as a whole “is pretty conservative.

“Not a place where you always feel comfortable being a person of color and dressing in a non-sexist way. I think that’s one of the reasons that music has become a such a beautiful outlet for me. “

It’s also one of the reasons Miller didn’t become a lesbian until her late twenties. “I was locked up for a long time, to the point where I was even engaged to a man,” she said. “It created a lot of angst. But when I finally came out, it was like, ‘Where have I been all my life ?!'”

In a happy relationship now – “DTGHAF” which means “Damn that girl is as hot as [bleep]her partner Jet – Miller said she felt more comfortable with her identity living in Minneapolis. And that’s just one of the many reasons she’s happy living here.

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

Turn the equivalent of two hours of songs from other Minnesotans on the current every Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is certainly useful. Miller has so far said the new job has been “as enjoyable as I know it”.

“Whether I book bands or play them on the radio, it’s about enjoying the music, which I definitely think I’m good at,” she said.

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

“The music brought out so much in me that it probably would never have come out any other way,” she said. “It has helped me go from being a shy, excluded kid to someone who is confident to take the stage, confident to try different things, confident in who I am.”

Diane

With: Crescent moon + Big problem, MAKR.

When: 9 p.m. Sat

Or: Entrance 7th St., 701 1st Av. N., deputies.

Tickets: $ 12- $ 15, first-avenue.com

Fargo Release Show: March 19, The Hall at Fargo Brewing, 610 University Dr. N., thehallfargo.com

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