Michael Diamond evolved from being
merely another popular musician to being a world renown
business magnate. With the rise and fall of Grand Royal,
a person can see first hand how at one point Mike D had
the "Midas Touch." It seemed like everything he
was involved with turned to gold.
First came success with the artists
and acts he signed to the blossoming Grand Royal Records
label. Luscious Jackson,
Ben Lee, Atari Teenage Riot, Sean
Lennon, and At the Drive In all produced quality releases
that put Grand Royal records on the map as the "coolest"
record label in the world. Then came Grand Royal Magazine,
which was everything a magazine should be without a single
page of trash. Ask anyone who has every read it and they
will confirm that even the advertisements were worth reading.
Having invested in X-Large Co. with
Eli Bonerz and Adam Silverman,
it appeared as though there was nothing Mike D couldn't
do. He also aided Yauch in organizing the Tibetan Freedom
Concerts, and then the pair traveled across the United States
and Europe to promote the release of the Tibetan Freedom
concert compact discs.
The hardest working man in show business
also made a number of guest appearances throughout the 1990s.
He appeared on the Germs tribute album, Mo Wax's U.N.K.L.E
Psyence Fiction, Nigo's
Bape Sounds, and Mike Watt's Ball-Hog or Tugboat?.
Plus Mike D also remixed a few of songs for other artists.
This was all done on top of the work he did as one of the
Beastie Boys, who toured constantly throughout the last
half of the 1990s.
Since the closing of Grand Royal,
Mike D has continued to keep busy with a couple of side
projects. After having performed together at a handful of
music festivals in 2001, Mike D and Mix
Master Mike continue to mention their plans to launch
a syndicated radio show which they will host. Mike D is
also a member of the Latch
Brothers who created the soundtrack to the Jet Set
Radio Future videogame. In conclusion, we can't forget
to mention what is perhaps Mike D's most unexpected side
project. Right before Grand Royal went under, Michael teamed
up with Bhagavan Das to make
an album of spiritual music. Promotional copies of this
compact disc are circulating, but there was not a large