Interview with Dennyiah

Slovakian indie band Dennyiah will quickly become your new favourite duo in their electrifying new release ‘Autumn 2015’. Produced by Nicolas Hard (Snarky Puppy, Becca Stevens), the new pop ballad will certainly win the heart of a nation. A household name in their hometown, the two-piece have over 190,000 streams on Spotify alone. Following in the successful footsteps of their 2020 full length album ‘Human Aspect’, Dennyiah have become a true asset in the Slovakian music industry, winning over a dedicated legion of fan

To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.

Authentic, power, emotional

Introduce yourself (yourselves) and your hidden talent!

Hidden talent = Psychology – Lubo,
Cooking – Denny

What made you decide that music is the right path for you?

Sense of peace and joy and healing

What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?

First step is to be quiet, then things can happen – Lubo
Immerse myself into the present moment. Stop the thoughts the ideas just let it go through me – Denny

Usualy it comes all together, there are only a few cases when the lyrics were first and then the music came or vice versa.

Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?

I Like it balanced, like to discover and then share. This is music for me – higher level of communication. – Lubo

Two very different disciplines so it’s hard for me to compare them. Recording is a very fun and liberating process while performing is much more tense and requires other skill set which I’m still developing. – Denny

Who are your main musical influences and why?

M.Knopfler – because of his unique style
M.Jackson – because of his perfection
F.Zappa – …the genius
Neil Young – because he understand the shit – Lubo

Ella Fitzgerald – because everytime I heard her sing I felt like she embraced and healed my whole being. She had a very unique way of connecting with the listener.
Amy Winehouse – because of her raw realness
Christina Aguilera – because of her unbelievable vocal skill and fragile emotional soul that she always translates
Nirvana – coz’ they completely disrupted the idea of a pop star with legendary songs

If you could change about the music industry, what would it be?

Probably Nothing

What would be your dream support gig? Bonus points for place/venue.

Play gig at space station for few dudes and stars…and 3billion online followers 😀

If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

Justin Vernon, Nick Cave, Pharell Williams, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Chat Faker, Sampha…

What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?

Dive deeper into any water you are in.. – Lubo

Trust your gut feeling more and start loving yourself because you already have many reasons not to kill yourself… – Denny

Give our listeners some music recommendations that we should check out!

Benjamin Clementine, Justin Lavash, Tom Waits, Waking vision trio, Dan Owen, Shakey Graves, Adam Baldych, Llionel Lloueke, Men I trust, Chet Faker, Sixto Rodriguez (Searching for Sugarman), Ottis Redding, Sampha, Ben Khan, Sufjan Stevens

What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?

Touring, recording, visiting Scotland 😉

What’s the music scene like where you are from?

Old-school post communistic kind of racist bad, stealing and terrible at covering western style of music. Just imagine a black hole that got stuck somewhere 30 years ago and that’s exactly how our music scene looks.

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?

This new track is not new at all in fact 😀 It’s one of the first songs we ever created back when we met in 2015 – that’s why we gave it that name. When we met we were both after a brutal break-up and this song pretty much sums up our process of dealing with it. That love is not an ownership of the other person or an ego trip. But we all have to face the pain to one day understand it fully. So it is a heart break song and at the same time it’s an acknowledgment of the realness. – Denny

Awesome cinematic style track 😉 we love it! It’s about understanding that pain from “love” is just pain from ego and love is a completely different thing, that doesn’t produce pain. – Lubo

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

Support the fast one, make space for slower one. Feels like everyone has almost an equal opportunity to get their music out there and to find people to collab with. Back in the old days when you were too slow, meaning you’d spend too much time in the garage rehearsing you might have missed your opportunity to meet the right people at a gig or elsewhere but if you got out there soon enough you had more opportunities. Whereas now it’s a whole different story. You don’t even have to have more than one song and it might become a viral hit. Music scene still can’t handle the possibilities of the internet…equally to any other industries. There is a huge space for great collaborations, creations and opportunities that people still cannot fully comprehend but the good thing is – it’s there for those who can swim in the ocean of information. – Lubo

I think that even though a lot of artists think that the whole Spotify/deezer/apple music etc. system is a thievery I think it’s actually great to earn some money for your music right away. Back when we didn’t have any of those platforms our only income would be radio airplay and concerts which would be greatly limited. So for me the digitalization is a good thing. On the other hand it caused a huge overflow of new artists and songs that no one can keep track with, which is absolutely crazy so the competition is absurdly giant. – Denny

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