Simon Denzley - Guitar and Vocals
Paige Proctor - Drums
Mike Gibbons - Lead Guitar
Gary Cunningham - Keyboards
Bora Bekiroglu - Bass Guitar
Denzeity started out as Simon Denzley and his songs requiring a band to play them. After releasing 'History' independently (a song that has been really hitting home with some people) industry interest grew to include some TV producers, due to video plugger Matt Connolly getting on board and helping push the material to his television contacts.
Live TV opportunities required a premium live band and Simon began assembling a number of session musicians who loved the material and wanted to be part of the project.
As well as great musicians, Simon wanted a diverse and interesting group of people to work with that could bring new ideas to the project. Most importantly, he wanted a solid team who would enjoy socialising together before and after shows.
Where they came from was secondary, so long as they could happily get to rehearsals and gigs. Being session musicians they were all used to working in London, however they come from as far away as Cardiff and Birmingham (plus three different home counties) making them possibly the most spread out band in the UK.
Of the existing line-up, Paige Proctor (Cardiff) was the first recruited after Simon saw her drumming on some grime videos and really liked the energy and intensity of her work. The band went through several guitarists, bass players and keyboardists over some months until professional guitarist Mike Gibbons (Rochester, Kent) happened upon the video for History and loving the track, decided to make contact. He wasn't looking to join a band but a jam with Simon that morphed into a pub crawl ending in free beers for them performing together at a local bar cemented Mike's place in the band.
The band at this time, 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 supremely talented young keyboard player, Gary Cunningham (Laindon, Essex) was brought on board, having just finished a year's tour with The Signatures. Bora Bekiroğlu, recently moved to London (and then Birmingham) from Istanbul where he was one of the country's top session bassists joined soon after that. The name Denzeity was decided on between Gary and Bora joining.
The line-up now complete, the band soon started to wow small crowds and venue owners with impressive musicianship and tight, entertaining shows. Comments like "Absolutely flipping brilliant", "Great energy and such a cool sound", "Awesome set", "Blown away" and "Musical Genius" were coming not only from punters but people in the music industry who know when something is really good.
With each member having had a myriad of experience both in the studio and performing live and more experienced 'musical directors' than not, they've all got a common ground and mutual respect while working together. A mutual enjoyment of relaxed irreverence while socialising, helped make what would appear on the outside a pretty diverse group into 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.
|Camden Showcase||The Fiddlers Elbow||27 Jun 2018|
5 Piece -
2 guitars, bass, drums and keys plus three vocal mics.
Backline required: 2 guitar amps, 1 bass amp. At least 2 DI boxes (1 keys plus 1 acoustic guitar). 4 piece drum kit. 2 vocal mics front of stage (both guitarists), one for keyboard player.