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Denzel Himself is an interdisciplinary artist from outer-London.
His gothic, hardcore, take on hip hop makes him no archetypal rapper, and has elicited plaudits from i-D "the unconventional future star we've been waiting for", Noisey "your new favourite rapper", Hypebeast "an auteur in every sense of the word" and Wonderland described as "Dilla's brain in Manson's skull", Denzel has carved his own distinct aesthetic and sound, a result of the synaesthesia he experiences, and an undiagnosed psychological disposition which both skews and intensifies the way he views life and art.

Denzel's multifaceted creative prowess has resulted in his apt moniker, Denzel Himself. Debut release, 'Pleasure' encompasses 10 tracks written, recorded and produced by Denzel, alongside 4 self-produced, self-directed accompanying videos. The dichotomy of Denzel's music can be seen no clearer than in the hardcore infectious distortion of 'BANGIN'', juxtaposed with the nostalgic hip hop sonics of 'Chevi'. Most recent release 'Baphomet James' subverts the assertive aggression of his 2017 output, with Denzel Himself delivering a nuanced, menacing output that twists genre conventions at will. To accompany the release of 'Baphomet James', Denzel teamed up with labelmate KEYAH/BLU to film an exclusive COLORS show. The EP has seen an array of praise, with support from BBC 1Xtra's Jamz Supernova, i-D, The Quietus, Dummy, TRENCH, and an addition to Spotify frontline playlist 'One Week One Playlist'.

Previous live highlights include supporting Yellowdays at Scala, Rejjie Snow in Berlin, Wiki in London, a sold out headline show at Birthdays and Boiler Room, with forthcoming shows including The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, Latitude and more.

An artist in complete control of his creative destiny, Denzel Himself is one of the UK's most important emerging creative minds.
With more music set to drop in 2018, the outer-London rapper, producer and director will once again exhibit his distinctive style of gothica, hip hop and hardcore. Expect Denzel's innovative visuals, expect his unique sound, and expect him to have meticulously crafted his output, himself.

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  • 18 May, 2018

    The Great Escape: Friday 18th May

    The Great Escape festival will take place at multiple venues across Brighton, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, and a great many Primary Talent International & Decked Out artists will be taking part.

    Friday 18th May
    ...Kawala
    ...Pale Grey
    ...WWWater
    ...Denzel Himself
    ...ABQ
    ...TOUTS
    ...Canshaker Pi
    ...EERA
    ...Ten Tonnes
    ...BLOXX
    ...Nilufer Yanya
    ...Ama Lou
    ...Kioko
    ...Awate
    ...Dylan Cartlidge
    ...Art School Girlfriend
    ...Ebenezer
    ...Sports Team
    ...Malena Zavala
    ...Slowthai
    ...Connie Constance
    ...Avalanche Party
    ...Yellow Days
    ...Bad Sounds
    ...SASSY 009
    ...Sorry
    ...Erol Alkan
    ...Esther Joy
    ...Cowboy Rhythmbox

    For further information, consult The Great Escape website.

    www.greatescapefestival.com

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  • 17 May, 2018

    The Great Escape: Thursday 17th May

    The Great Escape festival will take place at multiple venues across Brighton, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, and a great many Primary Talent International artists will be taking part.

    Thursday 17th May
    ...Girlhood
    ...Jack River
    ...Malena Zavala
    ...Ginger Snaps
    ...S4U
    ...Nia Wyn
    ...Denzel Himself
    ...George Taylor
    ...Sorry
    ...Pale Waves
    ...Rocks Foe
    ...FREAK
    ...George Glew
    ...Benny Mails
    ...Husky Loops
    ...TOUTS
    ...Amaroun
    ...EERA
    ...Joy Crookes
    ...Bad Gyal
    ...The Night Cafe
    ...Now, Now
    ...Gaffa Tape Sandy
    ...King Nun
    ...ABQ
    ...Puma Blue
    ...Makola
    ...Yellow Days

    For further information, consult The Great Escape website.

    www.greatescapefestival.com

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  • 15 May, 2018

    Denzel Himself: In Session For Colors

    Denzel Himself was in session for Colors, performing 'Melty', featuring Keyah / Blu.

    www.facebook.com/DenzelHimself

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  • 14 Mar, 2018

    Hit The North Festival 2018

    The Hit The North festival, takes place at various venues around Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, between 4th-6th May. The Horrors will headline on 6th May, and a whole host of Primary Talent artists will be participating over the weekend:

    ...The Horrors
    ...Circa Waves
    ...Tom Grennan
    ...Blaenavon
    ...Pale Waves
    ...The Magic Gang
    ...The Pale White
    ...Anteros
    ...Amaroun
    ...Art School Girlfriend
    ...Bad Sounds
    ...Denzel Himself
    ...Dylan Cartlidge
    ...Freak
    ...Ginger Snaps
    ...Malena Zavala
    ...Vundabar

    www.HitTheNorthFestival.co.uk

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  • 20 Jan, 2018

    The Great Escape 2018

    Brighton's The Great Escape festival, will take place at various venues around the city between the 17th-19th May. Many Primary Talent artists will be participating, as follows:

    ...Ama Lou
    ...Awate
    ...Bad Gyal
    ...Benny Mails
    ...Denzel Himself
    ...Ebenezer
    ...FREAK
    ...Girlhood
    ...Joy Crookes
    ...King Nun
    ...MoStack
    ...Mist
    ...Pale Waves
    ...Promiseland
    ...S4U
    ...Sports Team
    ...Ten Tonnes

    www.greatescapefestival.com/line-up

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  • 07 Aug, 2017

    Denzel Himself: New Video 'Bangin' In Hypebeast

    Denzel Himself previews his new video for 'Bangin'' in Hypebeast, along with an interview.

    www.hypebeast.com/2017/8/denzel-bangin-video-premier-interview

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  • 21 Jul, 2017

    Denzel Himself: 'No Fear Forever' Campaign

    Denzel Himself is featured in the campaign for Skepta's range of 'No Fear Forever' streetwear, available through Sports Direct and premiered in Mixmag.

    www.mixmag.net/read/skepta-and-no-fear-team-up-on-no-fear-forever-capsule-fashion-news

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  • 13 Jun, 2017

    Denzel Himself: Premieres New Video For 'WYA'

    Denzel Himself premieres his new video for the track 'WYA', following his 'Pleasure' EP, at Noisey.

    www.noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/where-you-at-come-through-and-watch-denzel-himselfs-wya

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