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"... naughty and nice music... a folk artist like no one else!"
"... a rare example of contemporary folk, ancient as a medieval melody, wide as the sun." KME - Karel Music Expo
“The diversity of her music is one of the highpoints to DK’s music. She has such a passion, love, and respect for what she does that each song she crafts/creates come out sounding original, quirky, and smart. It is, however, her command over the dulcimer that is the best part to how DK and her Joy Machine sound to others.”
“Love Harder is an album with heart, feeling, beauty, and passion. In every chord, note, or string you can feel poetry, sincerity, greatness. Two pieces of evidence for this are “Siamese Twins” and “These Four Walls.” In the latter track, Dian takes the time to sing and her voice will immediately remind many of us of singers such as Dido/Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries)/Alanis Morissette. “Love Harder” is another song where string instruments combine to deliver something powerful, epic, and really experimental... It’s really poetic and captivating...this is a record to closely pay attention to and be delighted by...”
“What a treat! Last night I got to hear DK and the Joy Machine perform at Sidewalk. DK commands both acoustic and electric dulcimer with graceful mastery. She was joined by Sho Handa on percussion. Beautiful sounds. Her original songs are quirky and smart, and her singing is just wonderful. Lovely range from soft highs to much deeper notes. It was a fabulous evening and I look forward to more.”