STYLE AND CULTURE
ASOS MAGAZINE TALKS TO DENZEL HIMSELF
By Sam Higgins, 11 January 2019
‘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 favourite 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 accessorise – a statement piece would be headwear most of the time and teeth jewellery by default. But generally, whether it’s summer or winter, it’s the same thing.’
‘I studied film cos 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 cinema.’
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.’