Local 913, Episode 80: Diego
Diego Byrnes, whose stage name is just Diego, grew up outside of Pittsburgh in Evansburg, PA, but his family has roots far beyond Western Pennsylvania.
“My family’s from Long Island. I’m actually a first generation American. My mom’s from Spain and my dad’s from Argentina. I went to IUP and it seemed like a good next step. I had a bunch of friends here and I wasn’t really sure if I was going to stay here forever. I haven’t left yet!”
Diego is a visual artist on top of being a musician; he creates his own colorful album artwork that compliments his inspiring indie-pop sounds. His influences can range from Michael Jackson to Spanish Guitar to The Beatles.
“My mother gave me a guitar that she had when she was a teenager. It’s a Spanish, nylon string, classical guitar. She gave that to me in 8th grade. A little while before that, she gave me a copy of The Beatles blue compilation from the second half of their career with all the psychedelic stuff on it. That one changed my life. I had never heard The Beatles, or if I did, it just didn’t register. They’re still my favorite band today. Talk about songwriters! It’s a bit of a manual. I think Dave Grohl said that you can give a kid a copy Beatles records and they’ll have everything they’ll need to know to write.”
Diego has a new self-titled release out. Find out more about Diego at his website.