Have you ever been in the mood to put on a record to relax, meditate, zone out and/or escape reality for a bit? Expanding my musical horizons again, I discovered Diane Arkenstone and never looked back. Conjuring vivid natural landscape imagery (as you can see from her fan videos on YouTube) within her music (you can actually picture mist, castles, queens, shamans, etc.), there’s really nothing quite like it. Performing under several names like Enaid, Earth Trybe, Ah Nee Mah (honoring her Cherokee heritage) and the Marquis Ensemble, she wrote her first song at 3 years old (I joked with her I wasn’t quite as productive at that age, just mastering potty training). After this early start, she went to become a multi-platinum artist, making significant contributions to New Age, Americana, World and Native American music genres, releasing her music independently on her label, NeoPacifica Records.
I connected with Diane a few weeks ago as she prepares for her latest album release in the Americana and folk vein, Union Road on March 26th. We discussed her amazing ability to produce quality tracks (over 45 albums worth of material) with such ease, her childhood, how many instruments she plays (there are quite a few) and things we’d be surprised to know.
Listen to our interview clips, watch the fan videos below and visit Diane’s website for more information on her latest album!