- Ellie McGuire
Interview - Denel
South African born, New Zealand bred singer-songwriter and producer Denel showcases his talents through beat-making and lyrical prowess to tell a story of unification and the need for one's own validation. He has set his sights on diversifying his audience, making music that appeals to people of all ages.
He returns with his brand-new pop and R&B infused track 'Crossroads' that has dark urban undertones, accompanied by a synth and heavy bass production that will draw the listener in from the very beginning.
We sat down with Denel to discuss his music and much more. Here is what he had to say:
Hey Denel, welcome to FLEX! How are you?
Thank you for having me. I'm grateful. Honestly, I can't complain.
Congratulations on your latest single ‘Crossroads’ - what inspired this particular track?
Thank you very much. I wrote ‘Crossroads’ at a time last year at a time where I was feeling all types of ways. I think it's been a very testing time for humanity with everything we’ve been through the last couple of years and I think it's cool to look back at the growth. ‘Crossroads’ is a bit of a testament to that. I wanted to really create a track that people could connect with on a deeper level. Coming to a crossroads within yourself, discovering what it means to be happy and realising you don't need to seek external validation from others, etc.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I think it was a collective set of events you know? I think time is an amazing thing. Looking back over the last few years, I'm grateful for growth and the process of maturing and discovering yourself.
And do you have to be in a certain mood to write?
Definitely. I think it's easier when you have something on your mind that evokes certain feelings and emotions and that definitely comes out in the creative process itself.
How was the recording and writing process?
It honestly was a pretty straightforward process. I wrote and produced this track at home and had it mixed by EDY. The process of producing, writing and tracking everything came together pretty smoothly. I'm super stoked with the outcome.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
At this stage we’re looking at dropping some visuals around February or March next year. I'll be posting more about that soon.
For viewers that don’t know Denel, how would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as very Pop/R&B. Definitely influenced by urban soundscapes.
What’s the music scene like where you live?
It's pretty dynamic here in NZ. We have a very supportive industry with different initiatives for creatives. Definitely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had through music here at this point.
And what are some of those activities that you engage yourself in when you aren’t writing or recording in the studio?
I love cars and spend most of my summer days at the beach. It's cool to be a part of different communities that have so much in common with you outside of just your own creative outlet and that's what the car scene offers me.