Diego Janssen (born December 9, 1981, in Montevideo) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and record producer.
His debut album ‘El hijo de’ was nominated for the Premios Graffiti, the Uruguayan equivalent of the Grammys. Critics have called ‘El Hijo De’ one of Uruguay’s best albums of the decade– breaking ground for a new evolution of candombe. He has been awarded a Uruguayan National Music Award twice in the jazz fusion category.
As a composer he does not cling to any particular style, although there’s a clear tendency to experimentation and the fusion of elements of Uruguayan roots music (candombe, tango, folk), as well as the influence of his time in the studio as a producer and his academic studies in music and technology.
“El hijo de” straddles tribal atmospheres with a clear tendency to experimentation and fusion of world music. The rhythmic beats of Afro-South American roots meets progressive rock and jazz blues going through both psychedelic and mantric trips.
As self-taught guitarist he started playing rock, pop and Uruguayan folklore as a teenager. He formed his first rock fusion band in 2000 and at the same time he decided to drop out of college where he was studying engineering to dedicate himself fulltime to music. He began a degree in composition at the University School of Music in Montevideo and in parallel studying sound, acoustics and recording studio design.
Since 2008 as a producer he has recorded and produced more than thirty albums in Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina. He’s hands-on, participating or leading production, recording, mixing and / or mastering, and at times as a session musician. In 2016 he was nominated for Best Producer in the Premios Graffiti for his work on the album ‘Nidal’ by dark rock band Buenos Muchachos.
During this period he participated as guitarist in a number of bands including Trelew, Damián Gularte, Ojos del Cielo and Sebastián Jantos. And at the same time he deepened his exploration of roots music from Uruguay, and elsewhere in Latin and North America.
In 2010 as part of the duo Afrosambas with percussionist José ‘Pepe’ Martínez, he recorded a set of instrumental versions of compositions by Baden Powell, Astor Piazzolla, Pink Floyd and Eduardo Mateo.
His debut solo album ‘El Hijo de’ won critical acclaim as well as a nomination for the Premios Graffiti in 2016 in the category Candombe Fusion.
Acoriano award for best CD of MPB 2017 as a producer (Brazil)
“El hijo de” nominated best release of the year on the category candombe fusión on Graffiti awards 2017.
Nominated as best producer of the year on Graffiti awards 2017 for Nidal of Buenos muchachos
First place on jazz fusión instrumental of Uruguayan National Music Award 2014 for “Ancestro”
Second place on jazz fusión instrumental of Uruguayan National Music Award 2012 por “Ta rengo”