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Artist Of The Month: Denney

Between dynamic beats and acid lines, Denney stands out as a shining example of how hard work, dedication, and a deep love for the craft can pave the way to success. Hailing from the North-East of England, Denney’s journey began with humble beginnings, but his relentless pursuit of excellence led him to achieve remarkable milestones in his career.

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 His rise to prominence was marked by being crowned Mixmag’s youngest ever ‘Future Hero,’ a title that foreshadowed the incredible trajectory awaiting him. Denney’s breakthrough came with his smash hit ‘Ultraviolet,’ signed by the prestigious Hot Creations camp, catapulting him to international acclaim. The track’s success, reaching Number 1 in the best-selling vinyl chart on Juno, underscored his innate talent and earned him the support of industry heavyweights like Sasha, Damian Lazarus, and Seth Troxler.

Before his breakthrough, Denney honed his skills through years of playing at club nights across Northern England, including a residency for the legendary Back to Basics in Leeds and Sugarshack in Middlesbrough. His relentless pursuit of musical knowledge and countless hours in the studio laid the foundation for his success. His distinctive style, characterized by a unique blend of house and techno, coupled with his ability to craft special atmospheres, captivated audiences worldwide.

His influences range from British DJ icons like Andrew Weatherall and Craig Richards to seminal acts like The Prodigy, whose music ignited his passion for electronic sounds at a young age. His deep-rooted appreciation for jazz, instilled by his father, serves as a foundational influence, reflected in his eclectic musical style.

Denney’s journey is not only marked by musical achievements but also by the invaluable mentorship and opportunities he received along the way. His association with iconic figures like Ralph Lawson and Dave Beer of Back to Basics opened doors and paved the way for collaborations and signings with esteemed labels such as Crosstown Rebels, VIVa Music, and Saved. These experiences not only shaped his sound but also provided a platform for his evolution as an artist.

Today, his enviable catalog includes releases on some of the most prominent labels on the scene, including 8bit, Rekids, Global Underground, Aus Music, and Shall Not Fade. This past March has seen Denney land on Sasha’s revered Last Night On Earth with his ‘Smoke’ EP, an outstanding two-tracker that exemplifies the artist’s colorful yet energetic palette.

Beyond the realm of music, his love for art, particularly pop art, serves as a creative outlet and source of inspiration. His multidimensional interests and influences enrich his artistic identity, shaping his persona both on and off the stage.

In essence, James Denney’s career is a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and authenticity. From his humble beginnings in the northeast of England to international acclaim, Denney’s journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring artists worldwide, reminding us that with perseverance and talent, anything is possible in electronic dance music.

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