Despite the typical British summer weather, we adventured down to Eastern Electrics and had a great chat with Denney.
It seems to be a growing trend among festivals in London for queues to be longer than ever before, and Eastern Electrics was no exception. With some people queuing for over an hour in the heavy rain, emotions were running on the sensitive end of the scale as people descended through the gates and into the festival.
Fortunately, Eastern Electrics managed to redeem itself past this point. The line-up was nothing short of exciting, with acts appearing such as Skream, Sam Divine, Hot Since 82, Darius Syrossian, Steve Lawler, Art Department and of course, the man of the moment himself, Carl Cox. The production was perfect, with high spec sound systems at every stage to rival the competition. Perhaps our favourite stage was Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep, with the cargo container style layout that defined the Eastern Electrics brand many years ago. It reminded us in many ways of Distrikt at Burning Man. The atmosphere, setup, and production was…well, electric!
Among the chaos, we were able to catch up with the talented DJ and producer, Denney. Shortly after the interview, we were able to see Denney’s set, one of the best at the festival. Hands in the air, fist-pumping hit after hit saw the crowd going wild. Perhaps, with the acme being when Denney dropped his new track with Mekon, featuring Roxanne Shante, “What’s Going On?”. If you think Denney was a one hit wonder with Low Frequency then think again, the man is here to stay!
We caught up with Denney to ask a few questions:
How are you doing today? Is it your first time at Eastern Electrics?
“I’ve got a little-wet arm, but I’m alright thanks! It’s actually my second time playing since last year, but the weather was a bit better! I’m playing the Steve Lawler’s Viva Stage before Steve Lawler.”
What sets are you most looking forward to this year?
“Apart from today, of course… I’m playing back at Elrow in Barcelona in October. That’s always one of the best parties! I’m back at my residency in HI in Miami in October and I’m playing back-to-back with Roger Sanchez (the S-man) which will be a whole load of fun.”
Have you been on his radio show yet, Release Yourself?
“Not yet, but we’ve made music together, we’re really good friends…he’s asked me before and it will be happening. Actually, I need to chase him up on that! He’s one of the coolest guys in the industry.
You’ve been to Burning Man before. Are you going again this year?
“I absolutely love it! Me and my missuses need to go again, so next year we’ll definitely, definitely go back. It’s just one of those things that haven’t happened!”
What stage would you love to play out there?
“Anywhere really. There are all sorts of nooks and crannies there to play. I’d quite like to play Robot Heart actually, I saw Damian Lazarus there and he was unbelievable. This was in 2012. He played Pachanga Boys – Time just as the sun was creeping up and it sounds cheesy but it was amazing!”
You’ve got a new track coming out on FFRR, what’s that?
“It’s actually an old record based on Mekon featuring Roxanne Shante. I had the idea 6 years ago. It took me a year to track it down. I asked if he could send me the parts and he said no, but I was persistent. I managed to get it off him, do about 5 versions but they were never right. Finally, made the current version and Pete Tong called me asking to sign it. Now I’m really, really happy.”
It’s going down a storm in Ibiza at the moment and was played last night at Radio 1. Have you done a residency for them yet?
“No, not yet…I’ve done about every other guest list going for them, but I’d love to. If you’re reading this Pete, I’m waiting for my time to come (hint, hint!)”
Denney’s track “What’s Going On?” with Mekon and featuring Roxanne Shante is out now, and you can listen to it at Denney’s Soundcloud page.