Tehn Diamond, the stage-name that the young singer/songwriter/rapper says is a combination of his ﬁrst name “Tendai” and the nickname “Diamond” which he takes to mean, “Be grateful, but shine.”
“I picked up my nickname from the friends I had over in Brisbane, who heard me sing for the ﬁrst time after a night out where I found myself trying to woo one unexpecting young lady with a little Sinatra in the streets…the impromptu performance impressed my friends and from then on I became known as the diamond in the rough…”
Despite his misgivings about the course, the young man persevered but kept singing and writing on the sidelines in an effort to keep his passion alive, the turning point came in mid-2006. Having worked with a high-school friend on various projects as a singer, TehN decided to try his hand at rapping.
“I’d been writing a lot of R’n'B just outside of my university commitments and one day decided to try writing hip-hop verses as a way to hone and ﬁne tune my song writing skills….I really didn’t expect to become any good at it but after a few months I’d fallen in love with the art form”
So after struggling through the expectations of his degree whilst battling the growing desire to follow his dream, in 2007 he wrote home and told his parents he’d dropped out of his course and would take a shot at his true passion.
“Needless to say mum and dad weren’t too pleased, so I was on my own but really excited about the challenges ahead….I had to learn a lot about life and myself in that year but I feel it all made me a more complete artist and person…it was worth it because now I have something that is mine that I can share”
After a year of performing, recording and writing in the Australian scene TehN made the decision to return home and try to replicate the success he’d tasted overseas.
“Most people who’ve heard my stuff think I’m silly to want to try and make something of myself where everyone thinks there’s no hope….but I see the world a little different and besides its home and I’m just happy to be back”