It’s true that hard work and dedication are the key to success, and it’s this ethos, and undeniable talents as a DJ, that have led Denney to play all over the world, with regular appearances throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia, and highlight gigs at the notorious DC10, and Amnesia in Ibiza, as well as securing a residency at the infamous Heart in Miami, where long sets are encouraged, which is something Denney loves to do.
His style is unmistakable, fusing house and techno, with energy and melody, to create a very special atmosphere during his sets.
Having featured alongside some of the world’s biggest names, Denney has shown a modest, and unfaltering style – whether it be playing a warm up, or a main room set, proving that he is an artist that always delivers.
Denney & James Dexter – Lucid Dreams OUT NOW
Balance Selections Q+A
Alias/Producer name: Denney
Labels affiliated with: Crosstown Rebels, Knee Deep In Sound, Hot Creations
My last 3 releases:
What music did you listen to as a child?
My Dad was a Jazz drummer, so the earliest music I remember being exposed to was Miles Davis. Music was always playing in the house and cars and my big sister gave me a tape of Michael Jackson ‘Bad’, which was the first album I ever owned.
When was the first time that you realised that you liked electronic music?
When I was 10 years old my big sister bought me a double tape Smash Hits album, on there was ‘No Good’ by The Prodigy, I literally played that track on repeat to death. My Dad then bought me their albums ‘Experience’, and ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’, and that was it, I was hooked to rave, so I got into Electronic Music from a really young age.
When was the first time you saw a DJ in a club?
I snuck in when I was 15, and it was Carl Cox at The Sugarshack in Middlesbrough, which is one of the most important clubs in my life, it’s where I started playing out myself when I was 17. He was playing on 3 decks, and I remember just being glued to the side of the DJ booth watching him.
Which producers/artists/acts inspire you?
There are so many to be honest but i constantly get inspired by Groove Armada. They are so incredibly talented across the board, and two of the nicest people ever.
What was the last album that you downloaded/bought?
Nightmares On Wax ‘Back To Mine’… Ace!
What is your current production and DJ set up like?
I am mainly working in the box at the minute, and I use Cubase, and various VSTs, Kontakt etc. My DJ set up is 3 x CDJ 2000 NXS, 1 x Allen & Heath Xone 96, and occasionly I will ask for 1210’s, if I have vinyl with me.
What releases do you have on the horizon?
Original music dropping on Knee Deep In Sound, and Anjunadeep, a remix on Sondos and collaborations with Camelphat, Just Her, and Hipp-E.
Where can we hear you perform?
Due to the current climate obviously no where live for a while, however I do a monthly radio show on Rinse FM, and have done (and will keep doing) the odd live stream.
Tell us more about the podcast you made for Balance?
It’s a mixture of old and new records, I’ve spent a lot of lockdown digging through old tracks and uncovering some gems. It’s a pretty good representation of the kind of thing i would do in a club. It was mixed in 1 take live.
The top track in my DJ wallet currently is:
It’s an unreleased track that I made last week called ‘Radgie‘.
If I could recommend only one of my tracks for you to listen to it would be:
‘Stranger Things‘ which is a collab I did with D.Ramirez on Crosstown Rebels a few years ago.
If I could recommend only one track for you to listen to it would be:
Mike Monday – When the Rain Falls
The last movie I watched that I really liked:
My favourite TV show:
Peter Kay’s ‘Phoenix Nights’
Balance Selections 137: Denney
1. Booka Shade – Scaramanga (Dusty Kid Remix)
2. Sous Sol – Dizzy Rhythm (Mihai Popoviciu Remix)
3. Sean Miller – The Good Life (Joeski Remix)
4. DJ Chus & Rob Mirage – We Got To (Gabe Ramos Remix)
5. Rob Mirage – Keep On Truckin’
6. Wehbba – Human Interface
7. Chus & Ceballos – The Prophet (Andrew Meller Remix)
8. Pavel Petrov – Ayahuasca
9. D-Nox – Black Scorpion
10. Deniz Kabu – Morning Light
11. Emanuel Satie feat. Mama – Rivers
12. Beckers & D-Nox – Sunner