As an avant garde artistic statement, denitia & sene are a testament to the musical landscape in Brooklyn’s current underground movement. They met on the scene; they play in the scene and carouse amongst the beatniks; and now, the scene is attuning to their ways. Smokey, devious, sexy and flirtatious, the music that denitia & sene produces is as rich as melted chocolate dripping onto shortbread, and as articulate as the crackle of a fire on a winter’s night. They are independent solo acts in their own right, but as a duo, they are smoldering the world with their blend of theatrics, intensity and soul. Tune it up in the dusk or dawn, in the night or early morning, they make jams for pleasure-seekers, warming the body and mind.
This past November, denitia & sene released their second EP, blah blah blah, a small taste at what’s to come from their forthcoming debut collection of electro-soulful jams in 2013. The EP displays Brooklyn’s finest and most purposeful; they are making music on their own terms – all day, every day. No compromise.
BTR talked to this New York emerging act and got a few interesting tidbits on the year of their official introduction.
BTR: Coming off CMJ, what’s your outlook like and did you feel it was impactful for you as an independent act?
d&s: Well, for us those were the first two shows we ever did. While they were shows for others, they were like dress rehearsals for us. They just happened to be well planned dress rehearsals We definitely benefited from them. We made some new fans, so that’s always nice. We learned who we were and what we had to do to display that live during those test runs.
BTR: You gave away a new EP this December – What does an EP mean to you as an artist – Is it a marketing tool? Is it a piece of artwork in its own right or is it more a teaser of what’s to come?
d&s: It is what is in the moment. That wasn’t a marketing ploy whatsoever. That was just the body of work we made at the time. We didn’t want to overshoot ourselves by promising more so we released it as it stood. People may perceive it as a teaser, but it wasn’t planned as so.
BTR: Looking back, what do you feel you’ve accomplished as an artist in 2012 and what’s the game plan for 2013?
d&s: We unwrapped ourselves this year and let people in. Full length and tour is the plan for 2013.
BTR: You’re performing in January with Vh1’s Save the Music – What do you think is the greatest issue facing the music industry these days?
d&s: Courage. Artists are afraid to be different as are labels. Artists that try to break through the major label realm are afraid to go too far left with a fear of rejection. Labels are afraid too steer too far left for a fear of failure. Losing their investment. Individuality is important and we wont lose sight of that.
BTR: And what about among youth particularly – How did music impact your life when you were younger?
d&s: Music gave us both a voice when we were younger.
BTR: A lot of artists don’t want to be classified into a genre these days, and you seem to embody an amalgamation of sorts – Do you feel the idea of a genre has changed? Are there still real genres and does it hurt an artist to be labeled?
d&s: Genres are irrelevant. We aren;t on a crusade against them, though. If that helps people understand us then that’s fine. But the music we make won’t be limited by the genre listed next to it in iTunes.
BTR: What do you have against capital letters?
d&s: They seem a bit pretentious. They change nothing as far as definition rendering them pointless.
BTR: If you could open a show for any current artist, who would it be?
d&s: Maybe Santigold. That might be cool right there.
BTR: What’s the best way to enjoy your music?
d&s: It’s good to hear us when you feel like hearing something different.
BTR: What will you be drinking on New Year’s Eve?