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For genre-blending musician, Denzel Himself, going against the grain comes naturally. ASOS Magazine caught up with the rising star to discuss all things music, film and style — so read on for excerpts below and pick up a copy of the ASOS Magazine Party issue to check out the full interview. 
Denzel Himself in the ASOS Magazine Party issue | ASOS Style Feed

How would you describe your music?
"I don’t feel like my music is homogeneous. It’s loads of different approaches and that’s what makes it differ between each song. I didn’t personally buy any albums growing up and I didn’t go to many gigs either, but in my house, there were loads of different genres playing. So, naturally, I was at the intersection of all of those influences."

How important is showing your identity in everything you do?
"That’s my favorite thing about making music. I see it as infrared or ultraviolet — it’s not something that everyone can see, but for those who see it and get me, I make strong emotional connections with those people."

How would you describe your style?
"I like to dress like a Lego man in three rectangles. You have the top, the bottom and the shoes. I don’t like graphics. I just like block colours and quite particular silhouettes. I don’t really accessorize — a statement piece would be headwear most of the time and teeth jewelry by default. But generally, whether it’s summer or winter, it’s the same thing."
Denzel Himself talks to ASOS Magazine about his music | ASOS Style Feed

Pictures: Theo Cottle, Styled by Lulu Wentworth

You studied film in college — would you want to do more of it in the future?
"I studied film 'cause I wanted to be self-directed and have a strong hand in my own visual identity. I would never say a definite yes or no [to doing film full-time], but I plan to make films for sure. I haven’t thought of any stories for feature length or even for short films, I just know I’m going to get into film."

What can we expect from your new music?
"F*****g gnarly music, man! The second half of this year I’ve spent a lot of time refining my work and who I am. The music and visuals we have coming up are gonna demonstrate that. Before, I was younger, the songs were old and all the videos I released weren’t on a budget bigger than $50. So now I’m older and there’s a budget, I’ve tried to hone the artistry. I’m excited to see how people react."

Where do you want to take your music?
"More metaphorically I’m gonna be an icon for real, that’s what it’s gonna be."