Godfrey Diamond is a producer/writer/mixer and has been the owner of Perfect Mixes Studio in Brooklyn for the past 20 years. He has worked with artists as varied as Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Billy Squier, and Frank Sinatra (full list on Allmusic.com) Godfrey got his start at Media Sound Studios honing his chops by working with artists such as Luther Vandross, Kool and the Gang and Etta James among countless others. He began as an assistant engineer but soon became an engineer/producer in his own right. At the same time that he was starting out at Media, he and his brother Gregg Diamond were writing and recording what would become a string of disco hits beginning with the iconic: “More, More, More”, on which Godfrey played drums and which reached #1 on the Billboard Charts. Over the years, “More, More More” was sampled by Len for their hit “Steal My Sunshine”, used to promote “Sex and the City”, themed countless commercials and is currently included in the smash hit “Minions: The Rise of Gru”. For the past 10 years, Godfrey has concentrated his efforts on collaborative projects where he is a writer as well as producer; this led to the creation of biGDream.
biGDream is Godfrey Diamond’s current project; it was conceived as an experimental musical playground to bring together the amazing talent Godfrey has worked with over the years. As a writer himself, he has a treasure trove of songs which he is currently working up with other songwriters and musicians. The vision for biGDream formed as Godfrey realized he needed freedom to actualize ideas, instrumentations and structures that might not be directly applicable to the artists he was producing. biGDream allows Godfrey to be the creative force that drives a project while at the same time creates a space for the abundance of talent from participating musicians to shine, enhancing the recordings.
"Everybody’s High" is the first release from biGDream; co-written by Marisol Limon, it is a lush depiction of finding one’s bliss. Marisol is also the song’s lead vocalist and keyboardist, lending an essence of Nico to the song. She has released three albums: Movements 1-15, Autoportrait and Here Her Ghost, the latter produced by Godfrey Diamond. The combination of Diamond and Limon blends indie pop with chamber pop resulting in a sound that is totally unique.
The accompanying video embodies “high” whether attributable to celebration, spirituality, sport or smoke. It creates the essence of joy in a swirl of hypnotic and psychedelic color. The musicians that Godfrey brought together for this recording constitute a virtual underground “super band”. Guitars are provided by Billy Ryan of the Bogmen who Godfrey met while producing their 2nd album: “Closed Caption Radio”. Billy’s signature guitar riffs provide the song’s undeniably trippy character and include a searing guitar solo at the end. Lending bass chops to the song is Robbie “Seahag” Mangano, a long time collaborator of Godfrey’s. Seahag is well known on the scene from playing with the likes of Sean Lennon and performing as Frank Zappa in the Grandmothers of Invention. The unmistakeable sax lines were blown by the incomparable Mars Williams of Billy Idol, Psychedelic Furs and Waitresses fame. Rounding out the rhythm section on drums is Joe Russo of “JRAD; Joe Russo’s Almost Dead renown as well as Lautaro Burgos playing percussion. Background vocals by Jessica Carvo of Satellite Mode.