with DENM and Vana Liya
Thu Nov 18
with DENM and Vana Liya
|Age:||Ages 21+ Only|
LYTE PRESALE 7/13/2021 @ 8:00AM PST
PUBLIC ON SALE 7/16/2021 @ 8:00AM PST
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Ticket Price: $25 advanced / $30 day of show / $44 reserved loft seating (available over the phone)
Special DJ Selections by Larry Lux
The Movement has been winning the hearts and minds of alternative-reggae fans since their inception in Columbia, SC in 2003. Drawing inspiration from Sublime, 311, Slightly Stoopid and John Brown’s Body, they’ve made a name for themselves as reggae shapeshifters with a foundation of heavy drum and bass. Today the band consists of founding member, lead vocalist and guitarist Joshua Swain, bassist Jason Schmidt, drummer Gary Jackson, and keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Matt Goodwin. Their sixth studio album, Ways Of The World, dropped on June 7, 2019, debuting at #1 in the Billboard Reggae Chart, and remained in the Billboard Reggae Top 10 for more than 40 consecutive weeks. The Movement’s new single "Sounds of Summer" feat. Slightly Stoopid was released June 25, 2021 and racked up more than 100k streams in the first 24 hours. Their seventh full length album is coming Spring 2022.
With the release of his genre-hopping debut album, Slum Beach Denny, it’s time to add DENM to the storied list of Southern California’s musical ambassadors. And like his most recent predecessors- Slightly Stoopid and Sublime- the twenty-something musician, songwriter, and producer drops plenty of hazy daze optimism into his melting pot of youth culture and life experience, emerging with a 21st century soundtrack from SoCal’s sun-kissed sand, surf, and streets. “It might look overnight to some people,” says DENM, “but I’ve been working.”
Working, first as a producer, most recently as a songwriter and musician, DENM has been a highly sought-after creative force in the indie music scene for over a decade. He’s evolved, thankfully and successfully, from years as an admittedly troubled teen bouncing from beach town to beach town. And, as much as itinerant residencies in San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Isla Vista marked his personal narrative, they also fostered deeply authentic and eclectic sources of inspiration for the budding artist.
DENM taught himself guitar at 14, studying Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin II, replicating every lick on his Alvarez acoustic- “the sickest present ever” from his mother. He devoured YouTube videos on production techniques and, in 2017, found kindred spirits in the Rock Mafia duo of producers, Tim James and Antonina Armato. He constantly grinded out new material, trusted constructive feedback from Rock Mafia, and chose positive vibes as motivation. “Instead of trying to prove people wrong, I want to make sure that the people that believed in me are right.”
Utilizing his “ghetto set-up,” recording wherever the muse took him, DENM began crafting his own repertoire. He built a personal studio- in a shipping container, no less- in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he assembled his raw tracks. Then, in Los Angeles with Rock Mafia, he polished his prospective cuts into gems.
DENM’s songs were notably genuine and reflective, not just autobiographically, but of the multicultural influences that surrounded him; revealing, if not celebrating, the seedier side of SoCal. They also attracted a host of admiring peers; Dirty Heads’ Jared Watson, for one, guested on the album’s lead single, the reggae/punk cruiser “Califas.”
A devotedly independent artist, DENM signed with Ineffable Records in 2020; a strategic partnership that enables Slum Beach Denny to reach his ever-widening audience. For DENM, this first record is an immense source of pride; his coming-of-age moment. “Everything was fully realized: the vision; the mission. I wanted to make a soundtrack of life that everyone can experience: falling in love; good times; hard times; a little bit of everything.”
And it’s just the beginning.
“Expect more out of me. I’m going to write about my life. I’m going to write about make-believe. Whatever. We’re just getting started. Slum Beach Denny is album one,” says DENM. “I’m living every day. There’s inspiration everywhere. I’m expecting to do this for the rest of my life.”
Nirvana Goberdhan a.k.a Vana Liya grew up outside of New York City. Being of Caribbean descent, Vana was surrounded by soca, calypso, dancehall and reggae music. Vana's mom gave her a ukulele for Christmas and a few years later she began covering songs by some of her favorite artists. The combination of the ukulele and her soft voice put a unique twist on some reggae-rock staples. Artists like 311, Rebelution, Stick Figure and SOJA shared Vana’s covers across social media platforms, which was the beginning of Vana finding her audience. After gaining traction, in early 2018 Vana Liya signed with Pepper's LAW Records becoming their first female and first solo artist. Subsequently she released her debut single "Show Me". Later that year, Vana visited Stick Figure's Great Stone Studios in Oakland, CA where she recorded "Go For It" with Johnny Cosmic of Stick Figure. Cosmic signed on to produce her debut album, which is scheduled for a 2020 release. She says “Working with Cosmic has helped me find my sound - there’s a new feel behind this album.” Vana has shared the stage with bands like SOJA, Pepper, The Expendables & The Movement. In late 2019 Vana moved from New York to Santa Cruz, CA to continue her career with a backing band.