From Chicago, Illinois, Kate Diaz has been playing guitar and writing songs since she was eight. Her first live gig was at a local Sam Ash store at age 11 after winning a guitar solo contest there judged by a rock celebrity, and she has played over 150 solo acoustic shows in Chicago and at festivals. She opened her YouTube channel, K8DS, in fifth grade. Self-taught in voice, piano, bass, drums, cello, and songwriting, Diaz also taught herself about the music business, including how to create her own websites and art, and how to deal with copyright and royalty filings.
Diaz has written over 40 original songs, including four acoustic albums and three studio-recorded singles, and won multiple awards for her music. She has performed at such festivals as Lollapalooza, Milwaukee Summerfest, Midpoint Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, and at the Earth Day Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. After moving to Boston at 17 for college, Diaz has continued to write and perform, including at such festivals as CMJ and Sailfest and at Alex and Ani events, Newbury Street restaurants, and Boston Garden. She DJs her own weekly college radio show and is a student at both Berklee ('17) and Harvard ('19), combining academics with guitar, arranging, production, and scoring classes. Diaz is currently working on numerous arranging projects and more original songs for her next album.