Denney: “America’s Dance Music Scene Has Caught Up To The UK”

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.

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More Artists Reveal that Verboten Hasn’t Been Paying Them


Earlier this year, THUMP ran a story highlighting the accusations made by a group of investors of Brooklyn’s Verboten nightclub that the club’s founders and operating partners were guilty of mismanagement and fraud.

At the time, the accusations came via a letter dated January 7 2016 addressed to “Friends of Verboten” and signed by a man named Brian Edwards McGuinness who claimed that he and thirteen other investors were taking legal actions against the club’s founders and operating partners, Jen Schiffer and her husband John Perez. According to McGuinness, the trouble began when Schiffer and Perez failed to provide the club’s investors with the needed information on the venue’s finances and operations, raising suspicions as to where and how the money invested was being used.

The letter specified that several of the club’s staff had not been paid part of their salaries due to an overdue payroll. THUMP had reached some of these workers who confirmed, under anonymity, that these allegations were true. When reached for comment by THUMP, Schiffer vehemently denied these allegations, labeled them as libel and slander and went so far as to claim that it was the investor’s “intention to hurt the company, DJs, and the scene as a whole.”

Following the news breaking, however, rumors began circulating that Verboten may not only have been guilty of finance mismanagement and fraud with regards to invested funds, but had also specifically failed to pay artists that had been booked to play at the Williamsburg location. These were largely “industry rumors” with no high-profile artists coming out with specific accusations against the club.

Today, however, Berlin-based producer and DJ Lee Jones has come out with a public Facebook status on his artist page accusing Verboten of having ripped him off, and asking if any other artists had been too. In the comments, he was joined by other illustrious artists such as Heidi and Matthias Meyer who also weighed in with negative experiences from playing at the club.

Heidi went as far as to comment through her personal Facebook profile, stating that her agency (Liaison Artists according to social media info) has blacklisted the club and won’t book any artists on their roster at the club anymore for these exact reasons. She also stated that her agency is owed an “extreme amount of money.”

Matthias Meyer, signed to Watergate Records alongside Jones chimed in claiming that the entire roster of artists billed at the club for their label’s showcase has failed to receive payment. Records show that the showcase occurred on January 9th, with Jones and Meyer billed alongside Tiefschwarz and Julia Niko two days following the original letter by investors exposing the alleged fraud by the club’s management.

Other industry professionals, including agents and artists, are commenting on the status weighing in on these allegations. You can see all the comments directly on Lee Jones’ Facebook post.

 Lee Jones


Question: Any artists out there been ripped off by Verboten in New York?

Posted by Lee Jones on Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Heidi BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix


After an intense summer of gigging and touring, DJ Heidi will be returning to the UK for some amazing gigs. She is responsible for the legendary Jackathon parties and is truly a legend in the scene. She was asked to do an Essential Mix this month, in which she covered enormous stylistic ground. Her mixing is on point and her song selection displays here versatility, yet she manages to make the mix very cohesive and recognizable as hers.

Click here for a list of her upcoming gigs 

Give it a listen on Mixcloud, hosted by Core News Uploads

Heidi – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix 2014-09-20 by Core News Uploads on Mixcloud