Musician & Composer
Don’t ask me how I came across this talent because I really can’t remember, but all I know is that I am very happy that I did because Beau has become a huge inspiration to me.
I am a budding guitarist and I’m always on the lookout for talented guitarists to draw ideas and inspiration from as well as try and pick up some of their skills. Beau is one of those guitarists that I watch on YouTube when I’m trying to learn something new or when I’m need of some motivation. He shows me how I can be playing in the future with loads of practise and determination! His consistency is truly inspiring and I was so happy and excited when he kindly agreed to do an interview with me.
There are so many more questions I would like to ask him like, will he ever make full songs with the small snippets he shares on his Instagram and YouTube ‘series’ Things because I literally have Things 15 on repeat ALLLL the time?! How long have you been playing? Why guitar? Did you have lessons and in what style? But I am grateful for the questions that I was able to ask and that he took time out of his day to answer them.
Check out the interview we did together below!
Nadine: So, just a quick intro. What’s your name, where are you from and what do you do?
Beau: My name is Beau Diakowicz, I’m from Portsmouth, England and I’m a guitarist, composer and session musician.
N: I have to say that I am a huge fan of your Instagram videos and definitely the YouTube videos you have made. My favourite song of yours is Pigarette – Anapola. I remember I spent a good few hours just trying to work out what you were playing before giving in then getting all hyped at the fact that you have some online guitar lessons. With all that said, your style is so distinct and breathtakingly beautiful. How long did it take you to find your style? Who/what did you enjoy listening to growing up?
B: Thank you so much! I think the way I play always changes and evolves depending on what I’m listening to, who I’m working with or where I am. I go through a lot of different phases musically and pick up ideas along the way. I used to listen to Radiohead a lot when I first started playing guitar and making music, then went through a bit of an indie/folk stage, then jazz, soul, and recently a lot of electronic music. Anything I’m into, I’ll listen to intensely until I find something new, and it all sub-consciously influences how I play and write music.
N: You’re one third of the band Zoology. How did that come about? What do you do in the group and do you share songwriting responsibilities as well as play the guitar?
B: Zoology is myself, Emily Krueger and Antonio Mendez. We all met over the internet and the project clicked straight away. I was already working on some music with Antonio when me and Emily started writing together (after talking on Instagram) then Tony got to work producing these and now we already have nearly 2 albums worth of material. We’re currently putting together our live set and planning to get on some tours. Also our first EP called Bloom will be out in the next 2 months.
N: Walk us through a day in your life. What does a typical recording session look like?
B: The first thing I do most mornings is sit down with a guitar for an hour and play whatever comes to my head, that usually gets me in the right frame of mind to start writing and recording. Recently my priority has been writing for Zoology so I’m putting in a lot of time for that, while the rest of the day would be session work from my studio and usually a gig in the evening.
N: Would you say there is a difference between jamming and practising? How long do you do both? What benefits would you say you get from each?
B: I don’t feel like I’ve taken much time to practise on my own for a while now, but I definitely jam a lot with others. Jamming is important in learning how to play with other musicians, how to be part of a band and the quickest place to develop yourself as a musician. You can learn so much from the people you jam with, bring into practise and develop your own ideas, then make mistakes to go home and work on. I see practising as a time to focus on more intricate things, perhaps like learning a new technique or trying to perfect an idea.
N: I have an Epiphone Dot and not long after getting it I started planning what other guitars I would love to add to my collection next as well as guitar and other recording gear. I can imagine you have quite the guitar collection. Which ones would you say were your favourite? Any that you would like to own maybe a few months/years from now?
B: My favourite is definitely my Fender Telecaster Deluxe, it’s the perfect voice for me at the moment. It was made in 1974 so it’s pretty worn out but still extremely smooth to play. I try to force myself to play other guitars for a change but always come back to it. I was also recently sent a D’angelico EX-SS which sounds and looks amazing.
N: What would you say has been the highlight of your musical career thus far and what are some of your shareable goals for the future?
B: My biggest musical highlight so far would be Zoology, the way we work together and how quickly it seems to be taking off. I’ve had some big sessions that I’m proud of too but its so much more rewarding to hear your own music come to life. As for a future goal, for some reason I really want to tour Japan so I’m hoping that could happen with Zoology sometime soon.
N: What tips can you give to an aspiring guitarist?
B: I think to just learn what you like to play and play what you like the sound of, just enjoy making music.
Thank you so much Beau!!