John O'Reagan (also known as John O) got his start in the Toronto suburbs, playing music with his best friends in the acclaimed indie rock band The D'Ubervilles while majoring in art at the University of Guelph. After getting a taste of the city life and delving further into expressionistic art projects with friends he decided to ditch the indie rocker life and partnered with his professional makeup artist/stylist cousin and choreographer roommate to come up with his gender-bending current alter ego as Diamond Rings.
Juxtaposing pop with hardcore electro and a little bit of glam, Diamond Rings recorded, produced & released his first album all by himself and received an overwhelming fan response to his over the top videos on Youtube. This eventually led to a SXSW showcase as well as some incredible opening gigs for artists such as La Roux and Owen Pallett. For his second album, Diamond Rings teamed up with producer Damian Taylor (Bjork, Prodigy, The Killers) and the result is an expansive & heavily thematic electro/pop record with a wide range of soundscapes that appeal to John O's influences growing up.
Watch the video for the first single “I’m Just Me”
And check out his 45 minute live performance on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" where he debuts several tracks from the new album
(Pictured from left to right): John O, Emily Lazar and Damian Taylor toasting the completion of the new album!