TMG is pleased to present another artist interview, this time with Pop Singer, Denny Love!
Catch him at Black Bear Bar this Saturday at 10pm!
Denny Love is an immensely talented singer/songwriter and entertainer. He commands the stage with a fervor rarely seen since the golden age of soul and funk. His lyrics have sex appeal. His songs are a celebration of love and life. His voice can make you cry but also get your ass on the dance floor. His band takes his energy and amplifies it to 11! Combining musicians of various musical backgrounds, the experience of seeing and hearing Denny Love is a beautiful union of soulful Pop/R&B and high energy showmanship. Its intoxicating! A Native of Central New York, Denny grew up in a hardworking Italian-American family setting the tone for his no-nonsense and driven attitude. It comes through in his music, reminiscent of Prince, Michael Jackson, and James Brown, of which are all of his main influences since he began on the piano and studying voice at age 3. He is truly a phenomenon of vocal talent, with a buttery soft yet extremely powerful tenor, an instrument like no other.His accolades include many awards and competition wins, talent scholarships to his Alma Mater of Syracuse University, many national anthems and high profile New York City gigs where he and his band are based. You will fall in love with this funky, dynamic and passionate character as he brings the house down!
Here’s his exclusive interview with TMG!
1. What’s your bands name? Where’d the name come from?
I’m Denny Love, a name i came up with since everyone calls me Denny (my name is Dennis, named after my dad) the Love part is from my dear sister in law who always calls my Denny Love and it just stuck with me, a sweetheart. Most of my music is about the trials and tribulations of love and relationships.
2. The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?
A Big struggle is living in New York. I’ve always had to work during the day to support my music life. I essentially have two jobs. I’m grateful to be able to sustain my life here and to be able to perform and make music but it is a daily grind to stay afloat. The goal is to do music full time. My biggest accomplishment are my latest sold out shows in new york, also a lot of my recent songwriting gigs have really moved forward in a big way as I’m working with some major players in pop music now. It’s been a blessing!
3. What other instruments can you and your fellow band members play?
I play the piano, but only for songwriting purposes. I rarely perform it live, but occasionally i do when showcasing a new song. Justin plays the guitar, Arthur on bass, Adam on Drums, Chevonne on keys (but also an amazing singer) Josh and Sabrina both sing with me, actually we’ve been singing together since our college acapella group.we also have Gregorio on trombone and his section of trumpet and sax players. Gregorio and i played music together in college also.
4. Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre?
R&B spoke to me first. My father loved Lionel Richie and the commodores, also the temptations. then i got into Phil Collins so i started to love POP and then it really took off for me when i discovered Janet Jackson (and all things Jackson) and my most major influence, PRINCE. I love sexy, smooth and funky beats. I love sexy lyrics and have meaning and that you can cry or move to. I love music with Universal appeal so that led me to my genre.
5. Do you have any memorable musical experiences that have shaped who you guys are?
I was singing in my 3rd grade talent show, one of the first times i really blew everyone away with my singing. I chose a Celine Dion song LOL but brought everyone down to tears. they were shocked, especially since it was a small catholic school. My father cried like a baby. I knew i had some kind of mission with music. Also my experiences in college, I studied music and i felt like I was doing what i am meant to do.
6. Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now? Any special projects?
Working on a live release, working on a new pop single release with video, revamping the website and I’m constantly working on songwriting with a lot of other writers and producers for other artists. big focus right now. I’ve released an EP on bandcamp in 2013, “Heartpound” and i released an album in 2006, “Blame it All On Love” on itunes.
7. Do you collaborate with other artists? Inside and outside your genre?
Oh yes. Always collaborating its the best way to get the best material. I’ve been working a lot with Producer/writer ROBOPOP (Maroon 5 “payphone”, Gym Class Heroes “stereo Hearts”) and I’ve been working with all of my band members on different projects.
8. What venues and events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?
Favorite venue of the last 5 years, Highline Ballroom. A really fun location big stage. I also loved Pianos which was sold out, in January. I’ve performed at Arlene’s grocery, Bitter End, Canal Room, sidewalk and i performed at the KISS FM summer fest in 2014.
9. How do you acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?
I have been doing much of the management and promotion and booking on my own. I have recently been helped greatly by my backup singer Sabrina Cunningham. She is wonderful and we are taking over the world! For other artists, you have to do it all, or be able to. Have to promote have to tweet have to email, etc. If you have anyone who is interested in helping you esp if its a close person, let them help you but be wary just in case. let them get things done then you can really trust them.
10. Do you have any mottos?
“Get it done.”
11. What artists inspire you?
Prince, Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson
12. What’s next for your band?
More shows for now (Rockwood 2, 7/23 8pm), and live EP.
13. What do you do when you’re not listening to or making music?
I work in PR during the day but hopefully not for too long! I also love to RUN, Love to dance, Love to drink wine with my friends and I am very family-oriented (Italian American!)
14. What’s your favorite song right now?
“You Saved Me” – Gary Clark Jr.
Check out some of Denny’s music below!
Catch him at Black Bear Bar this Saturday at 10pm!