Brooklyn-based duo Denitia and Sene.’s artistic influences from different genres and eras refuse to be pinned down. The pair, who bear a distinct sound, are reinventing electro-soul with their blend of smooth and sultry R&B-pop, as evident from brilliantly crafted tracks like “Casanova,” “Trip Fall.” Their debut EP, titled, fittingly, his and hers., saw them delving deep to showcase their songwriting skills that are as catchy as they are poignant. Their latest track, “Divided,” serves as proper appetizer to upcoming releases. We recently spoke to singer Denitia, one half of the duo, about her musical beginnings, falling in love, and why she prefers working in minimal space.
What is it that you’re exploring in your music?
Music is everything, it’s around all the time. I love music that I can get inside. When I feel like a better version of myself, I know I’ve gotten inside the right music.
Do you think it is essential to have big ego to believe that people want to hear what you have to say? If you don’t need that, is something else required?
For me, it’s less about ego and more about an insatiable urge to create music and to sing and to share that with people.
Often in relationships, especially very close ones, you have to work very hard and make compromises. When you look back and think about your journey, what do you feel is the greatest thing that you both provide to each other?
I think our personalities definitely work on a nice balance. We kinda switch off inadvertently. Bad cop, good cop.
Something fascinating about your videos is the way you tie everything together into very miniature space. And the narratives are usually so light but yet so potent.
I’m super into minimalism and negative space. I think both of our affinity for symmetry also comes out in our visuals.
How does it feel to see so many people connecting with your tracks?
Of course, it’s amazing that our fans have responded the way they have. The exchange we have with our audience is a huge continuous affirmation.
I’m going to mention a few of your songs and I want your immediate reactions or what you recall from recording them. Let’s start with “Trip Fall.”
I must admit, there’s something kind of warm, laid back and sexy about your music. What song do you associate with the first time you fell in love?
[Laughs] I fell in love for the “first time” a couple times, so that’s tough. But maybe, Patty Griffin ‘Every Little Bit.’
Do you ever worry about your voice? It’s an obvious point, but so much rests on you being able to sing.
No worries really, I just sing all the time to keep myself in shape and I generally take good care of myself.
What’s the best reaction someone could have to hearing your music for the first time?
People connect with music in different ways, so to me, it’s best when people get lost or found in it, whichever works best for them at the time.
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