Connection leads to evolution.
On their own, Dentia and Sene made waves throughout the underground music scene with simply crafted, beautifully detailed music. One jam-filled night at an NYC hangout for rising musicians called The Clubhouse, the very different young stars connected and formed a bond around their talent and creativity.
When Sene couldn’t find the right voice for his track “Holyday,” Denitia stepped up and decided to give the song a run. Ever since, this dynamic duo has been inseparable, weaving tales that combine Sene’s intricate storytelling skills with Denitia’s captivating voice.
What makes this twosome so special is the lack of fear they have when together. Faith in each others’ talent and open communication allows them to test boundaries with their art that would otherwise be unthinkable. Speaking with Mechanical Dummy, these Young G’z discussed how living in different areas has effected their sound, their creative process and their latest EP “blah blah blah.”
Mechanical Dummy: Who are you and what do you create?
Sene: Two artists who are living in Brooklyn, New York and living their dream of making music.
MD: Tell us where you guys are from individually, and how that affected your growth artists.
Sene: I’m from Brooklyn, New York and then I went to California for about 5 years. I have been back for a couple years now. California is a land of entertainment. A lot of people try a lot of different and crazy things for spotlight. New York and L.A are alike because you have so many people with ambition. Specifically in L.A., so many people are trying to stand out amongst a million people trying to be famous. It gives you an itch to be whatever you desire. When I came back to New York, I wasn’t tripping over what people expected from me as a New York artist, I had already lived in multiple places, and having that experience just helped me focus on honing my own sound.
Denitia: I was born and raised around Houston, Texas. Then I lived in Nashville for around nine years. I moved around to a couple other places on and off, and then moved to Brooklyn for the past two years. In regards to my sound, I have been super country, folk and even more of an old school kind of soul. I think being in different regions of states has also allowed me to pick up different accents. Now living in Brooklyn and working with Sene has brought me into more of a Hip Hop kind of thing.
MD: You capture such beautiful emotions like love by creating a sounds that evoke passion? How do you catch those moments?
Sene: I think you said it already, you catch it. Sometimes you are sitting in front of a piano or guitar, and that opens you up as you play with melodies and ideas come. Sometimes in the midst of conversations you overhear or are a part of you just catch these moments, and you just translate it.
MD: Tell us a little bit about “Trip.Fall” the song, and what you wanted fans to get from the visual?
Sene: I didn’t want to overdo it with the visual. Make it very accessible. It was a staple shot visual, just about someone sitting in their room thinking about their relationship, or lack there of.
MD: What is The Clubhouse and why it holds relevance for both of you?
Denitia: The Clubhouse is a residence and a collection of artists. Usually around eight to eleven of us that live there. We have a studio and we share gear. Its cool because we get to cross pollinate different bands and projects together.
Sene: I first came through to The Clubhouse like three to four years ago. I’ve spent and spend a lot of time working there. When D first came there a year ago is when I met her.
MD: What was the first jam you guys linked on?
Sene: Our first time we linked was on “Holyday,” on my project “Brooklyn Knight.” When I first created the song, it just didn’t sound like I wanted it to. I was going to go with two other peoples vocals. I loved the two artists, but their take on it just wasn’t sitting there right for me. We were having a party at The Clubhouse, and I was talking to Denitia about it, and she was like “OK, let’s work on something then.” So then I hit her up and asked her if she was down to sing this joint “Holyday.” Scheduling was tight and at the time I was leaving the country for a bit. She went to record the jam with the homie J57 (of the Brown Bag All-Stars) to lay down the vocals. When she sent them to me I was like yup, this is it.
MD: How do you guys plan to push the envelope of your two very unique sounds?
Denitia: We were just talking about this the other day. I can already see our next chapter coming. This record is done, but we haven’t stopped working and churning out ideas. We really have a mind to keep things fresh.
Sene: We make things out the box not because we strive to be so different, but because we are making songs that may appeal to a bigger audience by using different sounds.
MD: “Blah Blah Blah,” was your first EP, tell us a little bit about the creative process behind that.
Sene: The song “Blah Blah Blah,” sums up a lot of our content. It is very accessible. The “Blah Blah Blah” of relationships, like the “I will call you when I get home,” or the “I love you,” and all that stuff that comes after, that’s not really what it is. Talking to you while you were walking to the store, and shit gets really serious during that convo, that’s what it is. It’s not everyman music, but every man’s music. Like what they are really going through. The shit that you talk about while shopping for your oven roasted chicken. Its cool to mix these crazy sounds with songs about regular everyday shit.
MD: Fader magazine called the EP “an effortless, snuggly gem primed for late Saturday mornings tangled in rumpled covers.” If you could describe the project in a sentence, what would it be?
Sene: It’s a soundtrack for passionate people.
MD: Denitia, Tell us how much you sound has grown from the “Brick By Brick” EP to now?
Denitia: Well “Brick by Brick,” was in the thick of my Nashville episode. It was real folk-inspired. Looking back and having a couple records in between that project, I have leaned more on a soul sound. Now working with Sene and on my new solo project, things are a lot more rhythm-based. A lot less string-based. I feel a world away from that EP, but in a beautiful evolutionary type of way.
MD: Sene, You’ve talked about how living in many different areas affected your sound, what makes it special right now with you living in NYC?
Sene: People counted New York out for a long time. Like, it became a selling point in many magazines to talk about how much New York fell off. Now you have some young cats coming up who think this is the best place on earth and are willing to fight for that. I feel like we are all doing a great job of being like “this is where we are from, this is my sound, deal with it. this is the greatest city on earth.”
MD: How important is creating more with less to you guys?
Sene: I am personally in a place right now where I feel like you can have a great song, but not go over the top in creating it. It’s like you get a beautiful house, and you go out and buy every pink flamingo and red boa you can find to decorate it. I’m not about that, I just want to create beautiful things from scratch, and not overdo it.
MD: Do you have a title for your upcoming LP together?
Sene: “His and Hers,” will be the title of our upcoming LP.
MD: You are a team now, but you both do your thing separately. What’s next for your solo careers?
Denita: My new project “Air, Light” is a move forward, and I like it a lot. I can credit the “His and Hers,” LP for helping me with that. That will drop in August.
Sene: I am working on “Paradise,” which I’ll be producing and bringing vocalists in on and doing vocals myself. But we are focused on our joint work right now. We are in a position to change our lives with this music, and I am excited about that.