We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana Wallace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diana, how does your business help the community?
Drum Circles & Rhythm Experiences create a joyous community, where everyone gets to shine their spirit in a musical magical rhythmical jam. I love the journey from loading in to a space, setting up the drums and leaning in as the magic begins.. Science has now proven the health benefits of drumming in community. This experience is available to everyone so therefore everyone can have access to the health benefits.We are all coconspirators of a musical melding of souls.
For ages communities have drummed together as apart of celebration, rituals and spiritual events. Drumming brings us back to our deeper more connected selves. creating in community.
There is so much joy and love in every circle.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a musician and lover of all things musical. I am a singer, composer, songwriter, drummer. I throw myself with all of the passion in my body to the experience of making or sharing music. I started my company Urth Rhythms because I am so passionate about engaging people in their own personal magical, musical, rhythmical, joyous experience. At Urth Rhythms, we create memorable drum circles and rhythm experiences. I love what I do and the trail of joy I leave behind.
My first experiences being completely moved by music were in my Father’s church near Philly. I loved the choirs singing and how the ladies with big hats would hit that tambourine and sing from the bottoms of their feet to the heavens they so longed to see. The stomping of their heels was another instrument of its own. I love how they would rock back and forth, eyes closed becoming vessels of spirit. At home, we heard Mahalia, The Brockington Ensemble, Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, Andre Crouch, Georgia Mass Choir, Golden Jubilee Quartet. Ray Charles. I stepped out musically in a little Reggae band in Allentown, PA. and we gigged for about 7 years working all the local booking agents going up and down the eastern seaboard and several college tours before heading out west. We had a blast and I would say do what you love and work with people you enjoy being around. I always remember being so much more joyful hanging out playing drums than I was singing to thousands of people. When followed, your passion shapes your life experience, so do what makes you happy and You can’t lose!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start out with an afternoon hike at Griffith Park and check out the Observatory. The view is incredible and the architecture is spectacular. A Hollywood hang is so fun. Snacks at the Cat and Fiddle followed by and an evening of Super Hip Bowling at Lucky Strike @ Hollywood and Highland..the out at Cafe Gratitude on Larchmont. It is a wonderful raw, vegan magical restaurant. For a fancy $$$ enchanting night of sushi and Asian fare, Katana is worth every penny for the experience and of course, the food is top-notch.. For a casual lunch In and Out pinks for lunch. A day’s hang out on Melrose is so interesting….the shopping is great! Have dinner at The village idiot. Pick up stones in the tide pools at Leo Carillo and head back down the coast, Grab a bottle of wine and get some fresh seafood from Malibu seafood and watch the sunset on the seaside on a blanket
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Mike DeMenno at Remo. He has always been super kind and super generous. As I was growing my business and I needed drums he always made sure I had what I needed. I could say YES! to any gig and call Mike and say, Um I need 40 drums for a circle on Friday and he would say”what time are you coming? It gave me so much confidence to go out and get gigs.!
Thank you, Mike!
Ping Ho, the Founder, and Director of UCLArts & Healing is a super compassionate person that does incredible work with drums and underserved communities. She has and is an incredible support and she is always connecting good people doing good things. Her programs SEA, The Social Emotional Arts Certificate and Beat the Odds were pivotal for me.Thank you Ping!
Of course, the entire community of facilitators is awesome and we try to take care of each other.
Images by John Wallace