|denitia and sene.
|cooling down the "sene"
Paul Jordan Talbot - August 15, 2013
Denitia and Sene. keep themselves busy making chilled-out beats, with seriously hot R&B vocals. Denitia's smooth voice is irresistibly attractive to the ear, and Sene.'s beats help both of them groove effortlessly. Most impressively, they never stray into the gaudy area in which so much pop music lives and breathes, while still being as smooth on the way down as top shelf liquor. The band release a Barrage of singles over the past couple of years and most recently a full-length album 'His and Hers.' This duo of Brooklyn natives is just what the doctor ordered, keeping us all cool this summer.
You guys have really gone back to the basics with your sound. Do you find yourself having to hold yourselves back in order achieve that stripped down, minimal sound?
Yes and no. We still go all out at times on the Production side... but when we get to the drawing board to plan what is coming out and how it's coming out we can curb ourselves there instead of during the creative process.
I wonder who your biggest influences are. I'm hearing some similarities to European artists like Massive Attack and Little Dragon, Is that far off?
Little dragon is dope. Ed banger's roster records are dope. But then we resonate with the pharrells and James Blake's 'Heavy' and get that comparison weekly.
The kind of R&B you guys are making is very relaxed and down tempo. What's the setting you are hoping for this music? Do you want to hear it in the club or somewhere entirely different?
It's definitely not all down-tempo, we get up there for sure but it's not obnoxious. We want to hear our music everywhere. Anyone who tells you different is a liar! Stay away from liars!
Your strategy so far seems to be to release a single at a time, like 'The Nude' and 'breathe.scream.dream.' Are you going to stick to this strategy?
We dropped the 'His and Hers' full length album this year. We are working on our next project with the label rinse fm. some singles that we are dropping is put of excitement but we are always geared towards making a full body of music. We just don't want to over saturate.
Your lyrics sound simultaneously thought out and improvisatory, with coherent meaning, but speech-like smooth rhythm. How much of your music stems from freestyle or improv?
Some are written and some are freestyles and then there's a mix. "Again.(New ride.)" was freestyled as was most of breathe scream dream. But most of the rest are written out, Or memorized.
How has New York City specifically affected your lyrics, image, sound, world view etc? In NYC you have the ability to do anything. To fall short of that is wasting the city's talents.
In NYC you have the ability to do anything. To fall short of that is wasting the city's talents.