Hiya K3NBY, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Thank You for having me, really happy to be here.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
Interestingly enough, I have been part of a couple of bands and DJ groups while growing up and they have been a lot of fun to be in, but we never seemed to put any music out or record in the studio as much as I had liked, so I decided to continue the journey on my own.
It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?
Yeah, it really has. In all honesty, I have just been locking myself away in the studio for most of it haha, I performed my own live-stream event which was a lot of fun, I’ve also been listening to a lot of new music as well as watching some good movies.
How positive are you feeling now restrictions are loosening?
Yeah, a lot more positive. I’m really happy to be able to do more of the things I enjoyed doing before all the restrictions were in place, like going to the gym again and eating in restaurants haha.
How did 2020 effect your mental health?
It wasn’t an easy year by far, as I’m sure most people would agree. But I’m thankful to have a good family around me which helped a lot during the peak lockdown phases.
How much are you looking forward to playing live?
Can’t wait, really want to feel that energy in front of a crowd again!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
No I don’t, I’ve heard of them, but they’re not really for me.
What support is out there for new artists in your part of London?
There is quite a bit actually around London, we have some radio stations around here which play unsigned and new emerging artists, like BBC Introducing, which is I think is really awesome!
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the London unsigned scene?
I came across a producer a little while ago while looking for new music called Mason Wright, I think the records he’s putting out are really cool.
What useless party trick/talent do you have?
I can down a pint in about 7 seconds haha.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Having a whole crowd of people doing the dance to Borgore’s Remix of The Macarena, that was wild!
What was the worst experience on stage?
I was playing at a bar/club and no more than 10 minutes into my set the power to all of my equipment cut out! The whole crowd were shouting and confused, but thankfully it wasn’t out for that long, the bar’s team and myself managed to quickly get it working again and the rest of the set was great.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
When I was younger, I was training for the county in Shot Putt, I could have trained further to go to the Olympics, but I never carried it on as I grew up.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
I once got to a venue and a couple of hours before my set the USB’s with my music wouldn’t work, we had no backup’s that night except my laptop, which we couldn’t find, so I had to rush back home to find it, thankfully the venue wasn’t too far away and after that everything went well.
Name a four-piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Travis Barker – Drums (Blink-182), Chris Wolstenholme – Bass (Muse), Chester Bennington – Lead Singer (Linkin Park), Slash – Lead Guitar (Guns N’ Roses), Matt Tuck – Backing Guitar (Bullet For My Valentine)
If you could play any music festival which would it be and why?
Coachella, 100%, purely for the amount of energy that the crowd has, it’s awesome!
Who would you like to work with on the circuit right now?
Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa or Martin Garrix.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Make the music that you want to, be yourself and also be real with your fans.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Believe in yourself, and don’t worry too much about what people have to say, no matter what it is that you do in life, there will be someone who will have something negative to say.
What makes you stand out as an Artist?
I feel what makes me stand out is my diversity, I like a lot of different music genres, so I like to incorporate pieces of them into what I create.
Right now, what’s pissing you of the most? (Can’t say the virus 🙂
There is a lot of really talented unsigned artists who just aren’t getting the coverage which they really should be.
I hear you have a new single out, what can you tell us about it?
Yeah definitely, so my new single Want You is my summer track. The inspiration came from a past relationship of mine, I wanted to capture the same positive feelings but in an upbeat musical form. The song is also a collaboration with my singer/songwriter sister Zara Deniz.
How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?
It had been tough to get time in various studios around London, so we created our own one at home, which really allowed us to speed up the production times by a massive amount! So I would say the first half of the track was the longest, but after some changes to the song and the studio space, the end product was pieced together in a couple of months.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I plan to have more records out by the end of this year and I am currently working on my first EP, so I’m really looking forward to releasing that.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Believe in yourself, don’t be afraid to be yourself and don’t give up.
Thanks for doing this with us today K3NBY, all the best and keep in touch.