Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are very proud to bring you an interview with British Singer-Songwriter and Producer, Tali Dennerstein!
1. How did you get started as a band?
I started about four years ago as a solo artist. Music has always been my greatest passion, ever since I was a kid and I grew up listening to 80’s and 90’s Goth, Grunge and Alternative rock music, which really inspired and motivated me, to get started on my own musical journey.
I’ve always enjoyed writing and coming up with melodies and different ideas and I had a large amount of songs, that I’d written over the years. I hadn’t really done much with them but really wanted to, so that’s what led me to become a solo artist. It’s been great because I get to choose some of the people I work with and I also get to hear my ideas and sound coming together, which is really rewarding for me.
2. How would you describe your sound?
My sound is greatly influenced by 90’s bands and artists. I grew up listening to ranges in style, from Pop/Folk Rock songs with some Ambient and Electronic elements, to heavier and much darker tracks with a more Goth/Grunge Rock feel. I love to experiment and try new things, so my sound evolves quite a bit.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
I’m inspired by many genres of music, as well as many bands and artists but my biggest inspirations are Curve, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Type O Negative, Nick Drake and The Chameleons. I love Curve’s Doppleganger album and the way the guitars created a huge distorted wall of sound. That in conjunction, with their use of electronic sounds that merge with the guitars, make for a great crossover between Shoegaze and Industrial music, both of which I love.
They had a very interesting and unique sound. I’ve also been very inspired by how grunge bands wrote their lyrics. They were often really deep and introspective and really made me think about what message they were trying to convey. I liked the fact that the lyrics weren’t straightforward and were hard to figure out sometimes and that everyone could find their own meaning in them.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
YouTube can be a blessing for artists and bands because so many people use it. It’s a good way to get your music discovered but on the other hand it’s also very saturated and hard to get a video ranked. Streaming sites mean that people tend to listen to an artist or band but won’t buy their music as much. So I’d say it has both its good and bad points.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
I enjoy discovering and listening to new music. Watching movies, art, cooking and reading, as well as chatting to my friends.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
I plan to keep writing, recording and releasing my music into the world. Which hopefully touches people in some way and makes people feel something. I don’t have any plans for doing live shows right now, due to some health issues. Although I’d really love to one day, so who knows.
We’d like to thank Tali Dennerstein for taking the time to speak with us & Stencil PR for arranging it. You can pick up some of her music over on Bandcamp & find out much more on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ReverbNation, SoundCloud & YouTube.