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Feeling Well Composed

(Posted: 07 November 2018 23:28)


I was recently asked to write some music for a girl called Gloria Kirk from Missouri in the US. She had put out a call on one of the Facebook musician groups for someone to compose music to go with some lyrics and a rough melody she had come up with, so I offered to help. As she liked my other music she asked me to do it.

So I started with just a recording of her singing the words with a rough melody and timing and a lyrics sheet. It was clearly a very different style to my normal stuff. She apologised that it was much more 'girly music' than I normally write but I didn't mind. It would be an interesting challenge.

To cut a long story short (i.e. leaving out the description of the song-writing process and subsequent recording) I finished the song for her and sent her back the recording I had put together of it.

I was very pleased when her first reaction on hearing was, "I love love love it!" Later on she wrote to me saying, "I have listened and am still listening to “Simply Safe” and I totally love it."

I had put down a rough vocal on the song which I wasn't happy with but assumed she was going to sing the proper vocal herself. However she is actually planning to get a couple of other people to sing it as a duet. To my surprise she quite liked my vocal on it, saying, "Everybody who has listened to your demo of Simply Safe loves it. I know it’s not your kind of song but you sound great!"

Later on she wrote to me (and she's happily given me permission to quote her here):
"I know you said that your vocal is not very good in the “Simply Safe” demo, however as I said before, every time I have somebody listen to it they are all in awe... So you must believe that you are great even with your not so good vocal (in your opinion). The most frequent comment I got was “Ohh...I want that. He is very good. They want to know when/where they can buy/download it. That song somehow, the great music you created, and with your vocal... you are making people want to fall in love again. That’s the most common comment I have heard. They want somebody."


So I'm feeling quite chuffed about that! And with comments like that I could hardly hide the song away, however before I made the song public however I decided to re-record my vocal so it is at least listenable (in my view). That's the version you can now hear above.




Open Mic

(Posted: 02 November 2018 19:24)


Last night I went along to a new open mic night that I've not been to before. It was the Metrojam at the Metropolitan pub in W11, just next to Westbourne Park tube station.

It's been a while since I've played an open mic and it was good to get up and do it again.

What I really enjoyed about this one was that it wasn't just solo acoustic stuff. There was a house band which would back people up if they wanted. This meant most people would do covers that the band already know, however as the band were so good I realised they'd be able to play their way through some of my songs with the simpler chord progressions.

The first one I suggested we do was 'Slave to You'. I had Ross Gordon on Drums and Lefty Pete on Bass (due to his handedness, as opposed to any political persuasion as far as I am aware...) from the house band, and also Charles Best who'd got up to play some guitar. This is how it went:



Afterwards people came up to me in disbelief that we'd never rehearsed that song before, even less that we'd never played together before or even that the other musicians hadn't ever previously heard it. But that just shows the calibre of the musicians who joined me there on the night!

Thanks to Paul Mason for filming this - in fact it was Paul who I bumped into at a music industry event last Thursday, who invited me along to this particular open mic event - so thanks Paul for that too.

While I'm handing out credits, it should be mentioned that the night was run by a sublime guitarist (and pretty good vocalist) called TJ, who led a very tight and funky house band. I should also mention the plethora of talent that got up and played (or just sang) on the night. Even if I hadn't played myself I still would have enjoyed it as a great night of musical entertainment!




Taking Over Glen Campbell

(Posted: 12 October 2018 13:50)


A few months back I was asked to audition for the role of Glen Campbell in a tribute stage show. The organisers originally approached Mike as they already knew him and the role required a guitar player but Mike said he wouldn't be able to sing the part and suggested me instead.

The only Glen Campbell song I knew was Rhinestone Cowboy so I learned to play it and sent them an audition video (see below). A few days later I'd landed the role!



I have been learning around 28 songs for the production and have come to admire the man himself having found quite a lot out about his life and legacy. He recorded over 70 albums so 28 songs is a tiny fraction of his work.

The other musicians already involved are involved in other projects too and two have had to pull out due to conflicting commitments. Soon after I joined the show the bass player had to go. They asked if anyone knew a good bass player so naturally I recommended Bora, who happily came on board.

More recently the keyboard player dropped out and so Bora and I suggested Gary, who also agreed to the gig.

That means three out of the six musicians doing the show are now Denzeity musicians. It's good for me as I'm used to working with these guys. If anyone else drops out though we could end up taking over the show! Although it's unlikely as the other guys seem pretty solid.

It should be a really good show and if you want to come and see it, it's at the Epstine Theatre in Liverpool on Thursday 29th November. For more details and to book tickets click here!


Update 4th November 2018

I've just spend most of today rehearsing with the 'Glen Campbell Band'. We were up in Milton Keynes (as that was the most central place for all 6 of us in the band) making a 6 hour rehearsal into a 14 hour day once transport is taken into account.

The rehearsal itself went really well. For a first rehearsal, the songs basically came together really quickly and really well. Amy, Chris and Colin, who were part of the show before Bora, Gary and I arrived, all seemed quite pleased with how everything was sounding.

A couple more rehearsals and the whole thing should be sounding really tight. Looking forward to the 29th!




Promo Video

(Posted: 28 September 2018 22:20)


We've made our first Promo video!



(It's only one minute long...) Let us know what you think!




Surge Of Interest

(Posted: 09 September 2018 16:20)


Over the last few weeks we have had a bit of interest on twitter from the Middle East and the Arabic speaking world. At first I thought it might be because of Bora joining the band. He played with some high profile artists in Turkey before coming to the UK and possibly some fans from the area have been following his progress.

Surprisingly though, yesterday evening saw a huge surge in twitter followers from that part of the world. In less than 24 hours more than 250 new people have become @DenzeityMusic followers and most of them have a profile written in Arabic. Quite a few have flags in the background suggesting new followers from countries ranging from Saudi Arabia to Iraq to Pakistan.

I'd have never thought our music would be especially popular in these parts of the world. I've heard popular music from quite a few of these regions and we sound nothing like it! But if they like our music, I'm not going to complain. In fact I'm quite pleased that we seem to have struck a chord with people for whom western style rock music is not what would normally be found coming out of local radio stations!

So with that I'd to offer an official welcome (with translation instructions):

نود أن نرحب بالعديد من المعجبين الناطقين باللغة العربية. إذا كنت ترغب في قراءة هذه المدونة باللغة العربية ، يرجى النقر فوق المربع الموجود على اليسار لترجمته إلى العربية (أو أي لغة أخرى!) نأمل أن تستمتع بالموسيقى!

I'm still not sure why we've had the sudden surge of following in such a short time. I asked Bora if he had any idea but he didn't. Perhaps we've been recently featured on an Arabic radio or TV show. Please let me know if you have any idea. Either way it's great to know people are liking the music and I hope we'll be able to come and play that part of the world soon...


Update - A Month Later

This has been a rather fishy situation. A tweet targeted directly at the new followers in their own language resulted in no increase in the number of people following a link embedded in the tweets - suggesting the new followers are not real people but merely bots.

Also most of those that I didn't follow back, or decided later to unfollow when they started filling the feed with irrelevant and unwanted stuff, have almost all unfollowed the account, suggesting a computer controlled algorithm running most of the users.

I was originally sceptical of the sudden surge of followers from an unexpected part of the world but wasn't going to insult any possible real new followers by suggesting as such. However after a month I'd say suspicions have been confirmed  and apart from a few genuine real followers, most of these new 'followers' are pretty inconsequential - and are probably being used for some sort of propaganda exercise.




Great Vibes

(Posted: 14 August 2018 13:00)


This Saturday we're performing at Soho's very own St Moritz Club in Wardor Street. Regular readers will be aware that due to an Edinburgh Fringe commitment, Gary is not available for this gig with us so we've roped in a chap called Mark Glentworth to cover for him.

When I say 'a chap', Mark Glentworth might better be described as one of Britain's foremost vibraphone players, and the composer of the percussion standard "Blues for Gilbert". (There are hundreds of videos of people performing this piece of Youtube - I happen to think this one is quite good.)

He is of course a highly accomplished keyboard player as well but he's agreed to bring his vibraphone along too. The opportunity to do something really different was too good to pass up!

For those who think this might make a weird mix, I took an acoustic guitar round to jam with Mark last week to see how things would sound. He was just filling in on the keys but we tried a couple of keyboard solos on the vibraphone instead and they sounded mad! 

So for possibly the only time ever - this Saturday night will be your opportunity to catch Mark Glentworth performing on vibraphone with Denzeity!

You have got to hear this for yourself! Hopefully we'll get some video of the night but if you want to see something really special - join us at the St Moritz Club, London, this coming Saturday night!




Hello from Edinburgh!

(Posted: 10 August 2018 15:58)




Hi guys! Gary here!

As some of you know, I am currently not with the rest of the band at the moment as I am currently in Edinburgh playing the world renowned "Edinburgh Fringe Festival." I am fortunate to be working with the talented "Ivy Paige" from The Voice (2018) as part of her new show "Seduction", it is going really well! As I am writing this, we have 16 more shows to go of a 26 show run, its intense and a lot of hard work but I am enjoying every second!

Here's the first of a few video diaries documenting my time down here. hope you enjoy and I look forward to continuing to rock out with the band soon!




Gigride Playlist

(Posted: 06 August 2018 21:42)


A while back I signed up with Gigride to try to find some live gigs. I was pleasantly surprised that the CEO and Co-Founder, Marco Santesso emailed me back personally to say, "Thank you so much for getting in touch and great songs, really enjoying them!" (I'd sent him History and Slave To You).

Gigride also run an internet radio station specialising in "emerging bands from all over the world" and it seems they've put their money where their mouth is in that last week I had another email from Marco saying they put our two songs on their playlist!

Naturally I've tuned in to have a listen to see what else is featured here and in doing so I've discovered a rich seam of remarkable and uncommon musical offerings! I am reminded of when I lived in Melbourne, Australia (a few years back) and listened to alternative and independent radio pretty much exclusively (RRR and PBS mostly). It also reminded me of when I ran a small recording studio and the many and varied bands which would troupe through every week for me to record demos / EPs etc. for - every one of them with an amazing and unique sound of their own. Whilst some of the tracks aren't quite as polished as what you'd expect to hear on commercial radio (many aren't far off), everything I've listened to so far has something about it making it very listenable and worth hearing.

They suggest you think of them as "a '70s pirate radio" station, and just like 70s pirate radio, I've no doubt something amazing will emerge from this abundance of musical talent sitting just below the surface and again change music forever...