Illusion of Life is the rhapsodic splashdown album debut by Invincible Recording newcomer Bishop Diamond. With its exhilarating infusion of electronic music, disco, eighties glam, and Motown, the dynamic 17-song LP invigorates a pop genre that has idled for decades. The melodies and instrumentation were artfully crafted to satisfy the most avid listeners of today's trendy bubble gum tunes. Yet the album's lyrical content weighs in as a candid reflection of our vast human experience, drawing infinite perspectives on the delicious eccentricities of life.
Bishop's passion for creative expression inspired him to compose and play each sound and sing every vocal heard on the record. For the all-around musician and songwriter, the creativity found in coming up with unique and catchy songs is the highest order where life is defined by the pursuit of recording great music. With the guidance and partnership of veteran producer Liv Khalsa, Bishop dedicated six months without break to write the album and record the finished vocals and instrumentation at the Invincible Recording Music Studio in Phoenix, AZ. Many song sketches and ideas were first captured using Diamond's old iPhone.
"Usually I'll get a really good melody in my head that comes from singing something really ridiculous or mundane,"explained Bishop. "I'll talk to myself about a situation that got me mad or made me feel happy, and I'll end up singing out loud. Usually it's just stupid, but sometimes I'll sing something and it's really cool. I'll get my phone out and record it. Later, I go back and write the lyrics."
Bishop first started recording his own music using an old Tascam cassette 4-track purchased as a gift by his father when he was just 19 years old. Bishop later taught himself to play the guitar and bass while making use of whatever items he found strewn about his home to design the sound and structure of his songs; boxes, glass bottles, water gallon jugs, and keys among others.
As fate would have it, Bishop discovered Invincible Recording while scanning the yellow pages website on his iPhone. This fateful search led Bishop to the unique opportunity to collaborate with Liv on Illusion of Life.
"Once I heard his songs, I knew Bishop had an incredible talent for songwriting that is rare in young musicians today," shared Liv. "He is a natural artist when it comes to being a writer. Even vocal phrasing comes easily to him, which a lot of people struggle with."
Bishop and Liv went into post-production in September 2013 to complete the final mixes and produce several music videos featuring songs from the album. The collaborative process inspired futuristic video imagery incorporating Diamond's songs and signature dance moves. When describing the look and sound of the new album, both Liv and Bishop agree they pushed the envelope to create a highly unique work of art.
"We're pretty renegade. We don't follow the rules," said LIv. "Most people that record an album purposely make the recording sound grungy or look like it was mass produced in a factory. We went the opposite direction. Everything was made to look and sound surreal. Super high-fi."
Purification Video by Bishop Diamond
Stars Handed Down as Gifts Video by Bishop Diamond
Tributary Video by Bishop Diamond
Who Do you Listen to Video by Bishop Diamond
BISHOP DIAMOND: Musician and Songwriter
Creative expression defines every waking moment for all-around musician, songwriter, and visual artist Bishop Diamond. With a natural ear for catchy pop melodies and hyper-cinematic soundscapes, Bishop captivates his audience with original songs entrenched in the roots of Motown, pop, disco, and electronic music. His newest album, Illusion of Life, invigorates a pop genre that has idled for decades.
"We can make great music, and it can be catchy. It can even be original." ~ Bishop Diamond
Dedicated fully to the belief that great music can be catchy and original, Bishop Diamond started to create his own music at the age of 17. By 19, he was recording fully produced songs using an old Tascam cassette 4-track purchased as a gift by his father. Bishop taught himself to play the guitar and bass while making use of whatever items he found strewn about his home to design the sound and structure of his songs; boxes, glass bottles, water gallon jugs, and keys.
For the last 10+ years, Bishop has given every moment he could to writing music and recording. In the beginning, he worked day and night to obtain the tools that would exponentially broaden his melody writing and recording skills including a second-hand Casio keyboard and an 8-track Digital Studio Workstation. His first solo effort, Vague Sense of Threat, was recorded in the fall of 2005 as a wake-up call to the pop music scene that an exciting new sound had finally arrived.
Bishop began performing his music in 2006 and formed the band Kirkwood Dellinger one year later. Together they toured the U.S. with alternative rock legends The Meat Puppets between 2007-2011. With Bishop's vision for original music, their electrifying concerts received rave reviews from The East Valley Tribune, Java Magazine, and Phoenix New Times.
Bishop left Kirkwood Dellinger in 2012, looking to evolve the sound of his music. After one year with his next project Bison Island, it became crystal clear that his heart was not committed to driving the success of a new band. His true calling was to record his second solo album.
As fate would have it, Bishop discovered veteran producer Liv Khalsa (Liv & Let Liv), owner of Invincible Recordings, by scanning the yellow pages. This fateful search led Bishop to the unique opportunity to collaborate with Liv on his sophomore album Illusion of Life, set to premier Spring 2014 under the Invincible Recordings label.
Bishop's vast creativity inspired him to compose and play each sound and sing every vocal heard on the record. The album is a reflection of the human experience, drawing an infinite perspective on what we call "life." For Bishop Diamond, the creativity found in recording unique and catchy songs is the highest order where good music becomes the very essence of life.