Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with DENIO find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
DENIO consists of Mike Davis, Andres Hernandez, Daniel Hernandez and Bill Caple. We're old friends and all went to the same school, and as the surname suggests Andres and Daniel are brothers. We are from Liverpool, and the band name comes from a manhunt-esque game that Mike and Bill played in their younger days.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
It is different for every band member; Bill likes his heavier, metal genres, Mike was always into his indie and popular music, Andres listened to a fair bit of 70's/80's rock growing up and Dan often listened to the same, although recently he has branched off into the world of jazz and hasn't looked back. Now it's a combination of Arcade Fire, Foals, Talking Heads and a fair few others.
How would you describe your sound?
Chunky (deep synth bass, powerful drums) yet funky (old synth sounds, light guitars). It's something electronic/indie related but we're not too sure.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
It's called Golden. Mike described it as realising someone is a bit of a gem and it's too late to do something about it. It was written in rehearsal pretty naturally so musically it's hard to pinpoint specific references, as it just sort of happened.
What’s your local music scene like?
Considering how highly regarded Liverpool is for music, the last few years seemed a bit bleak for live music. There's a few big bands doing really well but for upcoming bands it's hard to get people to gigs. However we have noticed in the last year or so that there is definitely a resurgence in the live music scene and people seem a lot more willing to pay for live music, which is always nice.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We're hoping to release another single in January, and after that we'd love to record an EP but the financial side of things isn't always so kind. If anyone wants to throw a festival slot our way then do get in touch. We're focusing on songwriting mostly, for a band that's been together for about 12 months another 12 months seems very far away.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Having Loyle Carner work some magic on a track would be wonderful.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Bill once had part of the drum kit fall on him because it was duck taped on, so Dan had to run across the stage mid song to pick it up for him whilst Bill struggled to keep on drumming. It's funny in hindsight...
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We don't take ourselves too seriously, and hope you thoroughly enjoy the music. Gracias.