Denzeity


Diverse session musicians who've formed an unusual gang

"I was not expecting to be blown away to such an extent!" - Simon Russell gig review






Led by guitarist/vocalist Simon Denzley, Denzeity was formed to bring his music to live audiences.

After releasing the independent single 'History', Simon started to gain industry attention. The video/tv plugger Matt Connolly, started pushing the song together with Simon's low budget video to his TV producer contacts. The feedback for the song was outstanding but the video wasn't glossy enough for TV. So Matt suggested Simon get a band together and push for some live TV instead.


This meant a top quality live band was needed. But Simon didn't want to just get anyone together. He wanted a band of amazing musicians with energy and flair who loved the material and wanted to be part of a long term project. He also wanted interesting characters who would compliment each other and form a solid team without necesarily being cast from the same mould. And he wanted people who would bring new ideas to the project and enjoy socialising together when not on stage.


Where they came from was secondary, so long as they could happily get to rehearsals and gigs in London he didn't mind. The group that finally came together, all professional session musicians, were all used to working in London, however they came from as far away as Cardiff and Birmingham making them one of the most spread out bands in the UK.


Forming the group

Of the existing line-up, Paige Proctor was the first recruited after Simon saw her drumming on some grime videos and really liked the energy and intensity of her work. Though only 22, Paige has done session work for Simon Little (Kasabian's producer), Andrew Hunt (MPG Producer of the Year) and is also the live drumnmer for Everyone You Know.


The band went through several guitarists, bass players and keyboardists over a year including professional guitarist Mike Gibbons who contributed to some of the arragements and introduced the band to some more industry contacts.


The band, still without a name, caught the attention of a music manager and of legendary rock producer Nick Tauber (Thin Lizzy, Venom, Toyah Willcox, Marillion) who despite them not even having played a live gig together, wanted to work with the band.


This led to the keyboardist and bassist at the time bowing out as they couldn't make the commitment that would be required. A talented young keyboard player, Gary Cunningham came on board, having just finished a year's touring with The Signatures. He was followed soon after by Bora Bekiroğlu, recently moved to the UK from Istanbul where he was one of the country's top session bassists. The name Denzeity was decided on between Gary and Bora joining.


Denzeity spend nearly a year with this lineup, playing gigs around London and getting ready to release their first EP when the band and Mike decided to part ways. Tom Ramsay was recruited to fill the position, giving the band a sound more in line with Simon's original contemporary prog rock vision.



Working as a group

The band has been impressing small crowds and venue owners with remarkable musicianship and tight, energetic, entertaining shows. Comments like "Absolutely flipping brilliant", "Great energy and such a cool sound", "Awesome", "Blown away" and "Musical Genius" were coming not only from punters but people in the music industry who know something good when they see it.


With each individual member being well experience in the studio and performing live and there is a lot of musical scope, common ground and mutual respect between members and forming a solid team.


Denzeity is currently playing gigs (mostly around London) to build up a following while planning to go into the studio to record new material over the next few months. Look out for the first EP soon...


The history of Denzeity is told in far greater detail through the various events that have shaped the band, as detailed in the band blog.




Individual Musicians

The members of Denzeity are accomplished musicians in their own right, each with an impressive back story.

 

Paige Proctor - Drums

Don't let Paige's youthful innocence fool you. As twice finalist in the 'Hit like a girl' international drumming competition, she is an in demand session drummer who's worked with the producers like Simon Little (Kasabian, Bonobo) and Andrew Hunt (MPG Producer of the Year). She is also Everyone You Know's live drumnmer.





Gary Cunningham - Keyboards

An astonishingly good piano and keyboard player at the age of 20, Gary Cunningham is already an accomplished touring session musician counting The Signatures, The 45's and The Post Floyd Dream amoungst bands he has worked and toured with.







Tom Ramsay - Lead Guitar

When Denzeity were looking for a new guitarist, the one that really caught their ear was Tom Ramsay. Whilst not a professional musician like other band members, Tom showed a musical instinct remeniscent of David Gilmour and Jimmy Page - which is exactly what they were after.





Bora Bekiroğlu - Bass

From playing bass for the Eurovision song contest to touring and recording with numerous European acts, Bora Bekiroğlu has demonstrated his sought after bass playing credentials many times over in his native Turkey and is now starting to do the same in the UK.








Simon Denzley - Guitar and Vocals

With extensive studio experience, Simon produced and played on albums for numerous Australian artists before moving to the UK and producing an album's worth of his own material. He played in various bands on a number of instruments and continues to write material "faster than he can record it". He is also playing the lead in a Glen Campbell tribute stage show - a very different style for Simon that showcases his diverse vocal range and musical abilities.