Denyl Brook is swiftly becoming one of France’s most talked-about rising talents. Head of his own Silver Step
Records, last month’s New Home EP marked the label’s second-ever release, whilst My Lovin’ sees him return to
another firm favourite imprint in Happiness Therapy. He’s no stranger to Shall Not Fade also, having made several appearances in recent years, proving himself as a leading tastemaker in upbeat, club-geared dance music.


Interview With Denyl Brook

Q1: Who is Denyl Brook?

I am a DJ producer born in Marseille. I live in Lyon and I have been passionate about music since my childhood ! I have been immersed in music since my very young age as my family are real music lovers.

Q2: Tell us about your new release ‘My Lovin’?

If I had to define this EP, I would say that it is quite varied, both in terms of the moods of the tracks and their energies, ranging from very club songs to deeper sounds. The advantage of a 6-track EP is that it allows me to express several facets of my universe. This EP is a bit special because it brings together tracks composed between 2020 and 2022, two years that were very important to me, it represents in a way a retrospective of them. But despite the difference in period that separates certain tracks, we tried to keep consistency within the EP. I hope you enjoy !

Q3: What was the first thing that attracted you to the world of electronic music?

I remember my brother watching DJ sets on MCM and Viva at the time. He was an electronic-music digger.
Beyond arousing my curiosity, it germinated an ambition in me. I admired these DJs, for me it was the dream job. Playing your own music in front of people and getting paid for it ? There are worse jobs!
When I was old enough, I wanted to play in front of an audience like the DJs who inspired me at the time did (Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, ATB…)
At 17 yo, I started to mix at friend’s parties, and I wanted to make people dance to the music I liked. After some time, I wanted to produce my own music to develop a musical identity.

Q4: Who are your greatest influences? 

Gusto – Disco’s Revenge :

I remember jumping on this track in my garden with the radio on full blast when I couldn’t read yet haha !
I became hyperactive as soon as the play button was activated. My brother listened to this song on repeat and it stayed in my head until today. I suspect this music to have hypnotized me all these years ! Listening to it brings back so many good memories 🙂

Mall Grab – Can’t :

The first time I came across this track was like a revelation to me. Mall grab introduced me to the Lofi-house genre, which I loved. It matches with the time I started to build my Denyl Brook project and I have a powerful memory of it. It was like a gateway to a new style of music that was familiar to me… I listened to all of his discography and became a huge fan. I still am and I find his career very inspiring.

Daft Punk – Voyager :

Definitely one of my favorite songs of all time. I heard it for the first time while I was playing the PS1, because of a neighbor who had his window open and was listening to it at full volume. For a very long time I didn’t know who made this music, until I bought the Discovery album and found out. Twenty years later, I play it as the closing of my sets!

Q5: How would you define your sound?

A piano, a big kick, groove and joy ! This is how I would define my productions ! The piano takes a very important place in my tracks, I find this instrument timeless and always very effective! Over time I aspire to do something more dynamic and fast, less deep than what I have been able to offer in recent years. As for the technical aspect, I produce my songs with VSTs and Hardwares. Most of the time I use the VST Juno 106 and the “Analog Lab” from the Arturia series. I embellish these melodic bases with my synthesizers: two Korg (Monologue and Minilogue) and my very dear TR8-S for the drums as well as some samples.

Q6: How has your sound evolved so far?

I started producing lofi-house inspired music. With very few elements, and a low BPM. Then, I redirected myself towards a more disco house style. I did a lot of edits and sampled disco tracks. At that time I was producing a lot and I felt like I had been around for a while. I had to find my own musical imprint and it is with time and experience that I learned to develop myself personally towards something that sounds like me.

Q7: What is the scene like in France at the moment?

I really like the current House scene in France, and more than ever I think. Artists like Leo Pol, Sweely, Oden & Fatzo, THEOS are the pride of French house. They are very inspiring and make you want to surpass yourself when you see the work they provide ! There are artists to follow very closely, who will have a very promising future I’m sure, like Baka G, Strandtuch, Romeo Louisa and many others…

Q8: What else can we expect from you over the next year?

I’m thinking of doing a Live project for my future gigs. I’ve always been gifted by the creativity and energy that Live brings. It’s a great way to expand your musical footprint and I’m really excited to share it with you ! I also plan to release during 2023 an EP on my label Silver Steps Records!

-Denyl Brook

Turn it up & enjoy!