Diego Sandrin

Diego Sandrin

BandPopAdult Contemporary

Singer/writer music, with an Italian-latin melodic influence ( Lives and works in Venice Italy). Melody and passion. Ex frontman of legendary top Italian Punk band "Ice and the Iced".

Biography

Diego Sandrin Biography

The first time Diego Sandrin realized he wanted to be a performer occurred at age 8, when he dressed up like a cowboy and sang Adriano Celentano songs—emulating the Italian singer, songwriter, comedian and actor.

That’s an unlikely starting point for this “son of sailors and bricklayers” who, as a teen, turned away from an offer of a professional soccer contract to pursue a passion for punk. His first success in the music business occurred at age 16, when his band Ice and the Iced scored a recording contract. Compulsory military service ended that portion of the dream, but he was undeterred.

He made his way to the States, landing first in Baton Rouge where he was taken with delta jazz and blues. Sandrin returned to Italy and formed Sentemo Records—a jazz label—before realizing that he was spending so much time on the business side of the recording studio glass that he was ignoring his creativity.

Sandrin sold Sentemo and once again returned to the U.S. for inspiration—this time landing in Los Angeles, where his first band included an all-female quarted. He got his big stateside break when Lisa Marie Presley literally grabbed him off a stage and co-wrote a song, “Gone,” which appeared on her To Whom It May Concern album, which would sell over 900,000 copies.

He’s clearly traveled the “road less taken.” as An almost-pure experiential songwriter, he not only writes what he observes—he lives it. “I have this strange technique for my writing; I observe something or imagine it from something I see and then I try to become that character.”

Sandrin has kept his eyes closed for a day to experience blindness, spent a week in a wheelchair to write about a person with a disability, and lived in a rented trailer in Vegas to effect a “white trash” experience. The result is lyrics that are poignant, deep and lodge in his listeners’ souls.

The result is songwriting that touches a wide range of universal themes: “45,000,000 and 1” is an anthem to everlasting love; “Aged 14 Years” tells the story of a boy on trial for killing his abusive father; and “My American Friends,” a commentary on the consequences of shallow friendship.

“I want them to feel like they want to have the CD and be alone in their cars so they can listen to the stories and imagine it’s them singing; that the songs are about them and their life,” he says.

His listeners will experience that with a new CD, A Fine Day Between Addictions, which was recorded at Acustic Studio in Treviso near Venice and will be released at the end of July. He veered away from convention here, too, by having Romeo Toffanetti produce the album. Toffanetti, a movie director, had never stepped into a recording studio before working on the album.

“I thought he would give the songs a fresh slant because they’d be driven by the world of storytelling and image synching,” Sandrin says. “He always kept the connection between my word-pictures and the images on film in mind.” In the song "45.000.000 and one,” the drummer used roses instead of drumsticks—an arresting visual in itself, but even more striking when the sound is actually captured as part of the recording.”

He is an indie Renaissance man, a collector of scotch; sailor; painter; and regular in L.A. rooms such as HOB, Viper Room, Troubadour, Gig, Dragonfly and Luna Park. His regular following includes Lisa Marie Presley, Juliette Lewis, Daryl Hannah, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, and Danny Masterson. He has written for Brooklyn South and indie movies.

Through it all, Diego Sandrin has managed to maintain a very practical, level-headed view of the industry and the challenges he’ll face as a recording artist. “The biggest challenge is to get someone to listen to your CD not once, but twice,” he says. “That will bring a deal with a label that can offer me financial security while I write and play.”

Maybe he’ll take an unusual path to achieve that, maybe he won’t. One thing is certain: once A Fine Day Between Addictions is released, this multi-talented artist will see his popularity grow exponentially.

For more information about the experience that is Diego Sandrin, check out his website at www.diegosandrin.com.
Buy his new CD here:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/diegosandrin

Lyrics

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Written By: DIEGO SANDRIN

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I WANT YOUR TOUNGUE YOUR EARS AND YOUR MOUTH
I WANT YOUR REFLECTION YOUR EVERY ATTENTION AND I WANT YOUR MIND
I WANT YOUR LEGS YOUR TEARS AND YOUR EYES
I WANT YOUR PAST YOUR ANGER YOUR SWEAT AND I WANT YOUR CHILD
I HAVE A BLANKET TO CRAWL WITH YOU UNDER AND I'LL HAVE A STORM THERE TO SHELTER YOU FROM DEAR
SHOULD I EVER SEE YOU AGAIN
IO VOGLIO IL TUO GIORNO LA TUA NOTTE IL TUO TEMPO
VOGLIO SPOGLIARTI E COPRIRTI DI MANI DI FUORI E DI DENTRO
I WANT YOUR ASS YOUR LIPS YOUR REGRETS I WANT YOU TO FIND ME SO FUCKING ATTRACTIVE I WANT YOUR LAST BREATH
I HAVE A BLANKET TO CRAWL WITH YOU UNDER AND I'LL HAVE A STORM THERE TO SHELTER YOU FROM DEAR SHOULD I EVER SEE YOU AGAIN
I WANT YOUR FREEDOM I WANNA LOCK YOU UP I WANT YOU CONDEMNED FOR THE REST OF YOUR TIME TO STARE IN MY EYES YES I WANT YOUR TROUBLES YOUR HEAVENLY NIGHTMARES I WANT YOUR ADDICTIONS POLITICAL CONVICTIONS AND I WANT YOUR MOTHER
I HAVE A BLANKET TO CRAWL WITH YOU UNDER AND I'LL HAVE A STORM THERE TO SHELTER YOU FROM DEAR SHOULD I EVER SEE YOU AGAIN IO AVEVO UN LETTO PER FARTI DORMIRE ED UN TEMPORALE PER FARTI MORIRE

Bad Graces

Written By: Diego Sandrin

I'm gonna drown my lungs IN water
I'm gonna dive right through this pain
and everytime it rains
I’m gonna send thEse clouds your way
I want you to stay.
I'm gonna go to California
I'm gonna throw these books away
I'm gonna be someone some day
have people in my way
I want you to stay.
I drive by your house all the time
when you can't see me I rape your mind
Your mother says your gone
but I know she’s wrong
and it won't be long.
Your mother says youre strong
but I know she’s wrong
and it wont be long.
I want everyTHING around you inside me forever.
I'm gonna make a million dollars
I’m gonna throw it in your face
and when you'll start to miss me
and you want to know about me
read it in a magazine.
I drive by your house all the time
when you can't see me I rape your mind
Your mother says your gone
but I know she’s wrong
and it won't be long.
I drive by your house all the time
when you can't see me I rape your mind
Your mother says your strong
but I know she’s wrong
and it won't be long.
I want everyTHING around you inside me forever.

SAMMY'S FARM

Written By: Diego Sandrin

SAMMYS FARM

SHE CALLS THE SHOTS, YOU CAN FEEL HER POWER
DIRT IN HER HOUSE WONT LAST AN HOUR
SHELL FIND YOU A JOB RIGHT ON HER FARM
SHELL FEED YOU AND BATHE YOU AND RUN HER HAND
STRAIGHT THRU YOUR HAIR IN A SEE THRU NIGHTGOWN
I AINT TRYING TO SET YOU UP
IT AINT NOTHING SEXUAL, SHES OLD AND NOW ALL ALONE
YOU'LL HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME IN SAMMY'S FARM
SHES LIVING FAST WITH SAMMY GONE
SHELL CALL YOU RIGHT UPSTAIRS WHEN SHE FEELS ALONE
SHELL TAKE YOU TO THE LEVY AND SHE'LL SMILE AND SHOW YA
SAMMYS TRUCK SUNK IN THE WATER
SHES OWED A FAVOUR FROM EVERYONE IN TOWN
AND WHEN SHES DRIVING BY YOU BETTER TURN AROUND
YOU BETTER HOPE SHES NOT THERE TO COLLECT
OR YOULL SPEND THE DAY IN BED
SHES KNOWN IN BATON ROUGE AND TO THE GOVERNMENT
SARA, THERE IS A WHISPERING IN SAMMYS FARM
SARA YOURE THE RATTLING IN MY GUITAR
COME DOWN TO LOUISIANA
DOWN TO SAMMYS FARM
LIVE ALL YOUR FANTASIES NOW THAT SAMMY'S GONE
IF YOU DONT HAVE A HOUSE
COME TO MINE
IF YOU DONT MIND THE SHOUTING NIGHTY NIGHT
IF YOU DONT HAVE A JOB COME AROUND
CAUSE YOU COULD LIVE OR DIE IN LOUISIANA

Discography

New CD release in July " A fine day between addictions"
buy it here:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/diegosandrin

Set List

I usually play a set of the songs which can stand out acoustically and if I'm with the whole band I include others:

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FROM MUSIC TO NOTHING
NOT A CHANCE
OH MY GOD
VIC
SAFFY
BAD GRACES
MY AMERICAN FRIENDS
SATELLITING
PIGEONS
FAULTY MIND
I'M NOT HAPPY AT ALL
BLIND
SONIC REDUCER
COME SEE THE CHILD
HEAVEN