TITLE OF RELEASE: HANGING OUT IN STARS (SINGLE)
DATES OF RELEASES: JULY 14, 2023
LOCATION: FLORENCE, ITALY
HOMETOWN: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Denis Kandle, a musician hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, embarked on his musical journey in 1994 as the vocalist of the band Pregnant Felix, alongside guitarist Marcelo Vasco (currently in Troops Of Doom), bassist Fabio Pires (currently in Helga), and drummer Duda. Over the years, Denis's passion for music led him to various ventures, including producing Projeto Bandas, a notable weekly event that showcased bands from Rio and other states, and opening for the renowned New Yorker band Shelter with his band N.O.P.E in 1998 in Rio.
In 2001, Denis had the honor of deejaying at the Eletro Tent of Rock In Rio III Festival, sharing the stage with iconic acts such as Ferry Corsten. He further solidified his presence in the music scene by becoming the resident DJ of Electrolounge at Bunker 94 in Rio from 2005 to 2006.
Driven by his passion for electronic music, Denis embarked on a new musical direction, forming two personal projects, Colortronic and Aliencore. However, it was in 2020 that, now living in Tuscany, Italy, he truly came into his own as a solo artist under the moniker DKANDLE, crafting a captivating fusion of shoegaze, grunge and post-punk.
DKANDLE's musical experimentation has been met with resounding enjoyment. With three singles already released, including the debut 'Flame', which earned a spot on 'Aspirin Age: Volume Two (A Shoegaze Compilation)' by Broken Sound Tapes, DKANDLE's debut album, Mondano, arrived in September 2022, enchanting listeners with its evocative soundscapes.
Continuing his creative journey, DKANDLE is poised to captivate audiences once again with the release of his highly anticipated second album, 'MORE DRAG QUEENS LESS DRAMA QUEENS', due on October 6, 2023. Leading up to the album's release, DKANDLE dropped the single 'Hanging Out In Stars' on July 14, 2023, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the sonic exploration and artistic evolution of DKANDLE.
DKANDLE UNVEILS POST-SHOEGAZE SINGLE
'HANGING OUT IN STARS'
The single had an exclusive world premiere on DKFM Radio on July 5th, 2023
Florence, July 14th, 2023 - DKANDLE, the visionary musician blending the captivating elements of shoegaze, grunge, and post-punk, has just released his new single 'Hanging Out In Stars', which provides an enticing sneak peek into DKANDLE's upcoming second album, MORE DRAG QUEENS LESS DRAMA QUEENS, due for release on October 6, 2023.
Following the debut album, Mondano, released in 2022, DKANDLE has been steadfast in his musical exploration, pushing boundaries and transcending genres. Known for his ability to meld haunting melodies, wall-of-sound guitar textures, and reflective lyricism, DKANDLE has become synonymous with crafting sonic landscapes that envelop the listener.
'Hanging Out In Stars' immerses listeners in a dreamlike haze of ethereal guitars, pulsating rhythms, and introspective vocals that resonate with raw emotion. The intricate layers of sound intertwine, creating an atmospheric experience that captures the essence of DKANDLE's artistic vision.
Adding to the excitement, 'Hanging Out In Stars' was selected for an exclusive worldwide premiere on the prestigious DKFM Radio. Known for their unrivaled support of emerging talent, DKFM provides an influential platform for artists to reach a global audience. This momentous occasion took place on July 5th.
As DKANDLE embarks on this exciting musical chapter, he invites fans and music enthusiasts worldwide to join him on this sonic journey. 'Hanging Out In Stars' offers a tantalizing taste of the immersive sonic tapestry that DKANDLE has meticulously crafted in his home studio in Tuscany for his upcoming second album, promising a dreamy and captivating musical experience.
Catherine Gillette, WL//WH
"DKANDLE weaves swirling multi-colored vibrant unearthly soundscapes, blending fuzzy and reverberating Shoegaze textures, mesmerizing Dream Pop meditations, sludgy Grungey tones and moody Post-punk strains, heightened with soul-stirring lyricism and pensive emotive vocalizations.
Benedict Watson, RGM (UK)
"'Hanging Out In Stars" starts promisingly, with beautiful ethereal sounds leading into classic shoegaze guitars. It certainly shows the promise of DKANDLE in creating a thick and interesting sound.
André Costa, Rádio Cult FM (Brazil)
“The band has a dirty sound, in a good way, which is lacking in many rock bands today. The track is heavy, but also brings interesting psychedelic passages and stands out for that.
Who forms the band lineup?
DKANDLE is a one-man band formed by me, Denis Kandle.
Which instruments do you handle?
I play guitar and bass, and I also sing on all songs. About the drums parts, I arrange them with music software like Ableton Live and Logic Pro.
Who or what artists have had a profound impact on your music?
I am mostly influenced by Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Dead Can Dance and SPC ECO, as well as many other artists.
What narrative lies behind the single and album's creation?
'Hanging Out In Stars' will be part of my second album More Drag Queens Less Drama Queens. Most of the songs of the album were born in Amsterdam, around the New Year's Eve of 2023. During my trip, I visited Anne Frank's house, which had a profound impact on me. I wrote the album in the midst of that impressed mind state. I later developed, recorded and mixed the songs in my home studio in Tuscany. The production was over by the end of June.
What elements or experiences contributed to shaping its musical direction?
I think I'm headed now to a more dreampop direction that in Mondano, my first album, which had a more grungegaze touch than the second album does, although there are also some pretty grungy tracks on More Drag Queens Less Drama Queens.
What future endeavors or projects can we anticipate from the band?
I am planning to travel to Brazil and play at least one gig with old band mates in October as the launching party of the album. I will then return to Italy to organize a tour in Europe to promote the album in 2024. I also intend to find a good record label to help me spread my music to the world.
WHERE DKANDLE HAS BEEN AIRED:
Internova Radio (Brazil)
EarDrum Buzz Radio (USA)
Big Sonic Heaven Radio (USA)
Mutante Radio (Brazil)
Fuzzed Up Radio Show (Ireland)
Your First Listen, Ken's FM (USA)
Fallout Radio Mixtape (USA)
Fuzzed Out Mix (USA)
Comfy Show, Woking Radio (UK)