Sheffield trio Denham Audio fuse jungle, techno and acid with releases on Boom Ting, Exploris, Heretic, Circular-Jaw and more. They’re about to drop their new EP Plum Sake on Nineteen Ninety Four Records so we spoke to them about how they formed at university, how they write their music and what to expect with the new EP.
There was a recording of a set in New York where the lead track ‘Leighton Buzzin’ from our Artifice EP gets wheeled up and can hear the crowd in the background which was wicked.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what led you all to forming Denham Audio?
Peri: We all met at university through friends and got chatting about interests in music, etc. I met Jon through Emilio when we were doing a podcast together and Emilio was teaching me to mix. We had Jon on a guest one week and after that we got speaking and started making music.
Why the name Denham Audio?
Emilio: We used to live on Denham Road at university, and the name started as bit of a joke of Hessle Audio at first when we were all mixing, but it kind of stuck and never really thought of changing it
What there any particular bands or artists you’ve taken inspiration from to form your style?
Jon: Over the years there’s been so many influences, but the likes of Keysounds, Hessle Audio and the sound they’re pushing then - and still are today - is leaps-and-bounds ahead of what most are doing. Artists like Batu with his Timedance label, the older Swamp 81 sound with Joy O & Boddika, Benton, Special Request, Aquarian and Physical Therapy from the States and even labels like Art-Aud’s Secret Rave series (catch us on the next instalment later this year) have been a big part of our sound and a big influence.
How would you describe your style?
Peri: That’s a tough one, there’s a phrase going around at the moment of “UK Bass” which I guess is what you’d call what we do. It’s quite a broad spectrum, but I think our music falls under that and, to go a bit deeper, I’d say our tunes range from 130bpm jungle to offbeat techno and acid.
You’ve previously had releases on Exploris, Circular Jaw and Artifice Music. What’s been the response from DJs and clubbers?
Emilio: Exploris was our first proper release with this sound, Ejeca is one of our favourite artists so for him to initially pick up our release was amazing. Then to see some of the DJs that we’ve grown up on and played their music start supporting our releases has been overwhelming.
From a clubber’s perspective, it’s always surprising how far your music reaches. There was a recording of a set in New York where the lead track ‘Leighton Buzzin’ from our Artifice EP gets wheeled up and can hear the crowd in the background which was wicked.
You’re about to release EP Plum Sake on Nineteen Ninety Four Records. When did you write the four tunes?
Jon: This EP has actually been in the works for a while. Boxia reached out to us way back and we’d been exchanging music with each other. The original four tracks are different to what they are now, and were probably nearing a year/year-and-a-half old, so we ended up swapping some as we wanted to have a more up-to-date representation of where we are at. I think its only ‘Maggie Loves Acid’ that made the cut from the previous bunch.
Tell us about each of the tunes and what times you’d be keen to hear them while on a dancefloor.
Peri: ‘Colt Turbo VIP’ is new mix of a track we made two years ago. We were playing it out a lot and wanted to give it a new lease of life, so changed it up a bit and made it more impactful. It is perfect for prime-time dancefloor antics, once everyone’s moving and getting into the night.
‘Plum Sake’ I actually made on a train back from London one Sunday. I managed to get it pretty much finished in the three hours it took to get home. Think it would work best towards the start of the set, it’s got a unique groove to it that I think would work best then.
‘Maggie Loves Acid’ is the first track we’ve released that’s acid and just shows another side of what we’re making and feeling at the moment. I’d play this at peak time and get the crowd worked up.
The vocal version of ‘The Chain’ would make for a great end of the night sound, I think, or at least towards the end of the night. The instrumental version would probably slot in at any point.
Do you have a favourite of the four? If so, why?
Emilio: Of the four I’d say ‘Maggie Loves Acid’, it’s something different from us and I love playing it out.
What are your hopes for the EP?
Jon: To be rich beyond our wildest dreams… No, to be honest we want the EP to do as well as it can and, if we can get new people into our music and reach a wider audience, then happy days.
When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
Peri: In the immediate future you can catch us playing Tramlines Festival in Sheffield on the Friday with Special Request and Alternate, then after that we’re playing in Nottingham in September.
If you could wish for one thing to happen to the band in 2017, what would it be?
Emilio: I’m not sure, but to be honest we’d be happy if things kept on going the way they are. We’ve got a lot of things in the pipeline this year so it’ll be interesting to see how the year closes out for us. If it had to answer though it would be for Peri to stop snoring.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Jon: I’d go back in time to every moment where i know that im sharing a room with Peri but forgot to pack earplugs…
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