Ever since arriving onto the underground scene, James Denney, or simply Denney as he is more commonly known, has achieved an impressive number of accolades. Following his massive “Low Frequency” release, which sat at the top of the Beatport charts for over five weeks and received a Ministry Of Sound re-release that broke into the UK Top 100 chart, he was invited to the esteemed Essential Mix decks by Pete Tong in 2016 and toured the world several times over. In 2016 alone he graced the DJ booths of DC-10 and Sankeys in Ibiza, Heart Nightclub in Miami, fabric, Egg and Ministry of Sound in London, Mint Warehouse in Leeds, Flash Factory in NYC, Primary in Chicago, the famous Get Lost in Miami as well as festival appearances at The BPM Festival, Creamfields, Eastern Electrics, ADE and Tomorrowland.
Fresh off heavy stints in the studio earlier this year, James has just released an EP on Heidi’s Jackathon Jams label featuring dance music legends Derrick Carter and Roger Sanchez, with plenty more music scheduled to come out throughout the year.
In Europe myself, I had the chance to recently talk with James about the time he has been spending in the studio this year and his upcoming U.S. tour, as well as his views on the changing musical landscape of both Ibiza and the United States.
I had the pleasure of meeting James in Chicago before, and since ran into him at Get Lost in Miami during Miami Music Week. What immediately surprised me was how approachable, down to earth and friendly he was — qualities that were confirmed once more during our chat, and that I never take for granted when dealing with artists that tour heavily under the massive stress that this industry brings.