Breaking from tradition and creating original music that inspires themselves and their audiences. That was the vision of bassist Mike Watson when reforming Diamond Jig from their past into a revived project for the future.
“We had played all over Long Island, playing other people’s music, and even had organized our own concerts that attracted hundreds,” says Watson. “But when we really took a look at things, we wanted to take it in a different direction.”
Building from the Jig’s core (drummer Al Billian, guitarist Pete Threulsen, vocalist/percussionist Frank Cordaro), Watson began an outreach to area musicians to compliment the original compositions the band had been writing, but also to offer their own songwriting talents. Within months the new Jig had taken shape with the additions of guitarist Nick DiVico and guitarist/trumpeter James Murray.
Both additions brought new ideas, and over time the band added percussionist Edgar Rivera to further create a distinct sound that incorporates aspects of hard rock, psychedelic rock, funk, country, blues, and progressive rock.
“In the beginning, we relied more on taking finished or near-completed works from each individual and working on them as a band," says Watson. “But now, after playing a few clubs in the City and around Long Island, we’re starting to write as a group. Our set list reflects that, and it’s become yet another chapter.”
The band works through an interesting dichotomy. In between songs, the members are outgoing and look to add levity to their show. However, during each composition, the band prides itself on drawing from within for a powerful and fiery performance that puts the music at the forefront.
“Regardless of where or when we play, we want people to walk away appreciating that each of us have given everything we have,” says Watson.