Juan Ignacio Diaco Vidal
808g is the alias of Juan Ignacio Diaco Vidal, the London-based Argentinian singer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, mixer and guitar tech/luthier.
His debut single, glOw, is a mix of trip-hop, electronic, indie, alternative, R&B, dream-pop and rioplatense music. The music video was filmed at one of the largest and most incredible open air art spaces on the planet, in Gibellina, Sicily.
The track will feature on his forthcoming debut EP, aWakeNed, which drops on 5 March. It has been written and self-produced by Juan, and features the rappers Ghostalive, Cleva Thoughts, and K-Sper; singers Mr. Pineapple and Léa Aubigne; and lyricist James Chelliah. It was mastered by Alex Wharton.
Juan was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of nine he started teaching himself how to play guitar, bass, keyboards and drums; before joining local bands and performing around the country.
After studying sound engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Lanús, he worked as a live sound engineer and separately on a number of music productions in his home studio. He also trained as a luthier/guitar technician, building and repairing stringed instruments alongside his father, using his surname Diaco as a brand.
In 2014 Juan moved to London to develop his skills and connections. His passion and commitment to music led him to working at guitar repair workshops around the capital city, including Camden Town and the well-known Denmark Street. Here he repaired guitars for artists like the legendary Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), Mercury Prize-winner Michael Kiwanuka, Grammy-winners Mumford & Sons, and King Krule. He later taught Brit Award-winners Bastille how to play the traditional rhythms of his home country.
At the same time, he played with a host of different bands as a guitarist, and even busked around town. Juan was hired to work as a guitar technician at Abbey Road on live recording sessions. During this period spent in the studio, mastering engineer Wharton spotted Juan’s potential and encouraged him to focus more of his attention on writing, releasing and performing his own material.