Vanessa Silberman

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Vanessa Silberman
Birth nameVanessa Silberman
BornBerkeley, California, United States
GenresRock, grunge rock, pop
Occupation(s)Guitarist, singer-songwriter, recording engineer, producer, A&R, booker, artist
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active2001–present
LabelsA Diamond Heart Production
Associated actsDiamonds under fire [1]

Vanessa Silberman dubbed the “DIY queen” and “nothing less than a super human”[1] is an international touring guitarist,[2] singer, engineer,[3] record producer,[4] independent A&R, booker, artist, entrepreneur [5] and was the founder of the band / moniker Diamonds Under Fire.[6] Silberman operates a Brooklyn / Los Angeles-based artist development label called A Diamond Heart Production (Repeater (band),[7] Down and Outlaws, The Love Dimension).[8] She is widely known for her strong DIY [9] ethic, extensive grass roots touring (both solo and featuring other musicians[10]) as well as wearing many different hats in the music business.


Early life[edit]

Vanessa grew up living in between the San Francisco Bay Area and Kauai, Hawaii. In 1994 she was a 1 of 102 finalists out of 150,000 entries submitted in the United States Postal Service contest for youngsters to design a new environmental postage stamps.[11]

Solo touring, material, background and collaborations[edit]

In the span of nearly 3 and half years (between 2015 and 2020) Silberman toured the country over 20 [12] times and played well over 800 shows.[13] named Vanessa one of the hardest working DIY bands of 2019, 2018 [14] & 2017 as she played over 200 shows.[15]

In 2020, Vanessa launched a single a month project, starting with her first single 'Who We Are' which showcases her staple positive and uplifting lyrics[16]. Her 4th single 'Hey All' tackled topics such as equal rights [17]

Vanessa collaborates and plays with drummer / actor Ryan Carnes who's vocals can also be heard on a number of the 2020 singles, including 'Written in the stars' [18].

Oct. 12th 2014 Silberman played solo and opened up for Alkaline Trio at the Troubadour as part of their Past Live tour.

On July 21, 2015 Silberman released her first solo single 'Think Tank (Feat. Derek Jordan)' on iTunes via A Diamond Heart Production and performed at Alt 98.7FM Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival on September 26, 2015.

Silberman did her first solo US tour in October and November 2015 [19] and released her second single "I Know (feat. Super Black Market)" on December 22.

A third single "American Folk Rock" was released on February 14 and supported with a 39-day solo U.S. tour. "Awake & Feeling", Silberman's 4th single, was released on July 15 and followed up with a 52-date Shine solo tour[20] across the U.S.

Silberman released her debut self-produced and self-titled EP on October 7.[21] which contains her previous singles and another new song, "Shine".

Silberman appeared live on television on Fresno's KMPH-TV[22] Fox26 'Festive Friday' morning show on Oct. 28th 2016 with Jimmy Dias of The Love Dimension to promote their upcoming joint tour as well as again performing Silberman's songs on Friday April 7, 2017, to kick off their U.S. tour.

In March 2017 Silberman did an East Coast touring featuring the late drummer Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity and producer / musician Mikel Ross.[23] And again in July 2017 Silberman did another tour with Mullin and Ross up the West Coast backing her as the Vanessa Silberman Band with Boston's 38th annual Rock 'n' Roll Rumble winner Carissa Johnson opening up.[24]

Silberman, Mullin and Ross debuted 'OK' a single they recorded together under the Vanessa Silberman Band on The Goddamn Dave Hill (comedian) show on the free-form radio station WFMU 91.1FM[25] New York, NY on May 14, 2018. Silberman, Mullin and Ross all met working on the Teenage Time Killers Record at Studio 606, the Foo Fighters Recording Studio where Silberman was an in-house assistant engineer.

In June and July 2017 Vanessa played 3 dates on the final Vans Warped Tour and released a new song on June 29 called "Outswimming Sharks" which was a recording collaboration with guitarist and producer Ken Susi of metal band Unearth. The single's video premiered on New Noise Magazine on July 13, 2017.[26]

Vanessa did a touring & recording artist series with Apple where she spoke and performed at their San Francisco Union Square store through the winter of 2018–2019. She also performed at NAMM 2019.

She released 3 singles and 2 videos from her EP 'Brighter in Bloom' (released on Sept. 20th on her label A Diamond Heart Production), 'I Got a Reason'[27] on May 10 and 'Love'[28] on June 21st. The music video for 'Don't', a song Vanessa is known for playing live was premiered by Audiofemme on Nov. 15th 2019.[29] 'Love' and 'Don't' have both been played on Rodney Bingenheimer's Under Ground Garage show.

Silberman contributed rap style vocals to Kidforce's STFU,[30] a track off of his Deathpop EP.

A Diamond Heart Production[edit]

In 2013 Silberman established A Diamond Heart Production,[31] an artist development label, music and publishing company. She has managed, developed and produced several acts, and the imprint has released over 29 releases. Records including: Down and Outlaws album Above Snake's on July 8, 2016, and Repeater (band)'s self-titled album on November 18, 2013[32]

Vanessa has also spoken on panels, at events and schools about artist development including Girl Power! Music Conference,[33]SAE[disambiguation needed], School of Rock, Soundgirls.[34] She also co created the DIY Artist Workshop with Boston Artist Carissa Johnson. In 2018 & 2019 they spoke and did a series at Today at Apple in Union Square, San Francisco.

Diamonds Under Fire[edit]

Diamonds under fire was an alternative rock grunge[35] band established in 2002 by Silberman when she was in her teens. The Band has released a Single,[36] 4 Demo / EP's,[37] 2 CD's and 3 Official Music videos as well as toured the US,[38] Canada[39] and played the UK.

Personal life[edit]

Vanessa is a vegan and straight edge.[40]


  1. ^ Through the Quarantine with NEW Music…",, Mar. 24th 2020
  2. ^ MI Student Featured in Guitar Player Magazine", Musicians Institute, June 2007.
  3. ^ Teenage Time Killer's 'Greatest Hits, Vol. 1' Engineer Credit", ""
  4. ^ Concert Preview", "", Feb. 22nd 2016
  5. ^ Vanessa Silberman allmusic Credits","
  6. ^ Vanessa Silberman aka Diamonds Under Fire",
  7. ^ Repeater Feature, "", Oct. 9th, 2014
  8. ^ Positivity, empowerment and Rock ‘n’ Roll - The extraordinary life and impact of Vanessa Silberman",, Sept. 20th 2016.
  9. ^ Hardest Working DIY Bands on Tour in 2019",, Jan. 6th, 2020.
  10. ^ Hot Picks Jan. 19-25",, Jan 19 2007.
  11. ^ Semifinalists in Stamp Design Contest Listed",, Oct. 20th, 1994.
  12. ^ Live Music Picks: Feb. 28-Mar. 5,, Feb. 27th, 2019.
  13. ^ Feature: Vanessa Silberman set for hourlong show at Kaleidoscope Coffee,, July 31st, 2017.
  14. ^ AF 2018 IN REVIEW: Hardest Working DIY Bands on Tour in 2018,, Jan. 1st, 2019.
  15. ^ AF 2017 IN REVIEW: Hardest Working DIY Bands on Tour in 2017,, Dec. 30th, 2017.
  16. ^ Vanessa Silberman Encourages All of Us to Celebrate 'Who We Are' ,, March 4th, 2020.
  17. ^ #POPULARPLAY: VANESSA SILBERMAN,, June 9th, 2020.
  18. ^ TVD Premiere: Vanessa Silberman, “Written in the Stars”,, July 2nd, 2020.
  19. ^ Feature: LA song writer at Garage,, September 30, 2015.
  20. ^ Positivity, empowerment and Rock ‘n’ Roll',, September 20, 2016.
  21. ^ Vanessa Silberman, The TVD First Date and Premiere, “American Folk Rock",, Sept. 30th, 2016.
  22. ^ Festive Friday, 10/28/16 - The Love Dimension,, Oct. 28th, 2016.
  23. ^ Feature: Musician Vanessa Silberman brings her experimental sound to Asheville,, Mar. 1st, 2017.
  24. ^ Feature: Women to rock it at The Melon Ball,, July 31st, 2017.
  25. ^ 'The Goddamn Dave Hill Show: Playlist from May 14, 2018',, May 14th, 2018.
  26. ^ 'Video Premiere: Vanessa Silberman – “Outswimming Sharks”',, July 13th, 2017.
  27. ^ Vanessa Silberman Premieres The Video For Her New Single ‘I Got A Reason’,, May 29th, 2019.
  28. ^ Premiere: Vanessa Silberman Believes in “Love”',, June 19th, 2019
  29. ^ Silberman plays The Broadway & Premieres ‘Don’t’ Music Video',, Nov. 15th, 2019
  30. ^ Feature: KIDFORCE releases track ‘STFU’ feat. Vanessa Silberman of Diamonds Under Fire,, Aug. 3rd, 2014.
  31. ^ Repeater Feature “Lonley”",, Oct. 28th, 2014.
  32. ^ "Repeater 'Lonely' Video",, Oct. 12th, 2014.
  33. ^ Kerry Fiero Takes It To The Next Level With Girl Power! Women Working In The Music Industry Conference",, May 8th, 2019.
  34. ^ SoundGirls Presenting Two Educational Opportunities In LA In April",, April 9th, 2018.
  35. ^ Feature: "Diamonds Under Fire - Grunge Chic"",, Feb. 8th, 2012.
  36. ^ 'Sunshine' Feature, "", July 16th, 2012
  37. ^ 'Everything Fades to Red (Kidforce Edit)' Video Premiere, "", 20th Dec. 2013
  38. ^ Feature: Diamonds To Shine in SLC Archived 2010-12-30 at the Wayback Machine,', 'Feb. 10th, 2010.
  39. ^ 'Toro Magazine | Diamonds Under Fire Photo Feature from Mod Club show', "", May 11th, 2011
  40. ^ Vegan Vanessa Ventures into Vallejo",, July 6th, 2017.

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