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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 less than even half a song per album!

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 and 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!




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. Tweet targeted directly at the new followers (in their own language) resulted in no increase in the number of people following 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 unwanted crap have almost all unfollowed back, 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 real new followers by airing my suspicions. However after a month I'd say they have been confirmed  and apart from a few genuine real followers, I recon most of these new 'followers' represent no corresponding real person - 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...




A Good Kimbofest

(Posted: 06 August 2018 13:11)


Last Saturday we played Kimbofest, a music festival which has a back story worth recounting. It was started by Kimbo Cranfield around ten years ago after his mother died from Alzheimer's. Whilst most people would quietly mourn, Kimbo decided to try and raise some money for the Alzheimer's Society by putting on a couple of live bands at a local venue in Chatham, Kent.

He did the same but a bit bigger the following year and over the years his charitable event has grown into major multi venue music festival centred around Chatham.

Our lead guitarist Mike, being a local down that way has played Kimbofest every year for the last 4-5 years with whatever band he happened to be in at the time.

Kimbo himself was there and being quite a talented photographer took a few shots of us including the one of Mike here.

There were a few organizational issues (there usually are with things like this) but everyone was very relaxed and we played a pretty good show and the crowd enjoyed it.

The highlight of the evening came after the event when one of the punters, Simon Russell wrote a blistering review of our show:
I was trying to shuffle off home via Sainsbury's after an afternoon drinking session in the Prince of Wales pub in Chatham but got press-ganged into venturing to Poco Loco to the Kimbofest. I am glad I got my arm bent as I got to see this outstanding band. I was not expecting to be blown away to such an extent. Even without their first team drummer Denzeity put on a top class show. Unfortunately their set was ended prematurely due to time constraints. This misfortune, however, leaves me with the memory of them rocking out like Led Zeppelin to their song 'Never'. These guys can really rock. I did a couple of double takes to remind myself that I was in a pub in Chatham. Passionate vocals, Hendrixesque guitar and the keyboardist reminded me of Ian Curtis losing control again. I bought the T-shirt. Go see them.
I'm so glad to have played down there and hopefully help raise a little money for the Alzheimer's Society. And hopefully, if Simon's review is anything to go by, the punters will have been glad we did too!




Latest Live Videos

(Posted: 30 July 2018 12:44)


I mentioned in the last blog post there was some video of the Fiddler's Elbow gig last week floating around. It has emerged - thanks kindly to Christina Jansen who popped along to see us play but being a professional photographer, couldn't help but get a few shots and some video!

This video below is the first public recording of our new song 'Version Of You' with the full band. I guess this blog is a good enough place to give it it's first airing...


The thing that really surprised me was the quality of the sound mix out the front. It always sounds different to what you can hear on stage, and usually on stage there are important elements you can't hear properly while performing. The front of house mix sounded great though - so all credit to sound guy.

Here also is the first recorded performance of us doing 'Never' with Bora on bass and Gary on keys. It's also the first video in front of a live audience, the previous video being done in a rehearsal studio.


It's worth pointing out that 'Never' was a song written by a mate of mine (Tristan Baker) and his band Scapegoat. I heard their version of it and loved it enough to add it to our list. The songwriters are: Tristan Baker, Nigel Cadzow, Helen Cadzow and Phil McGowan.