Kitsuné Meets : D E N A

Queen of cool and old school hip-hop diva, D E N A is definitely one of Kitsuné’s latest musical crushes!

If you don’t have it already, get her EP “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools” here on our webstore, coming with a bunch of bouncy remixes by Stefan GoldmannRobot KochMarcus MilesLou Teti and Synapson!

We interviewed the singer mostly about the meaning of “Cash Diamond Rings Swimming Pools”, her influences, inspirations, and her next shows!

What do you want to express with “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools”? Is it a way of denouncing today’s mass consumption and bling bling way of life?
Not really, actually. The song is more about longing for something that you know is hard to get. It’s playing with those terms like exaggerated objects of desire. Through the video I basically wanted to invert these ideas and show the feeling of a certain absence of what one is longing for.

What inspires you when you create your music?
It can be many things. The city I am in, its people and their stories. A fat beat, some deep chords.

Can you tell us more about your influences? Who are the most influent artists according to you? And what about the hip hop artists?
About my influences, I grew up listening to (and watching) MTV and was pretty much into R’n’B and hip hop (female) artists and groups like TLC, Destiny’s Child, Aliyah, Missy Elliott.
Later on I discovered my passion for beats and I am pretty much into everything that J Dilla & The Neptunes have ever produced. My favorite hip hop group is A Tribe Called Quest. I think Beyoncé is the ultimate goddess of singing and performing.
Currently I listen a lot to Kendrick Lamar, Drake & producer-wise I dig Madlib, Lunice, Hudson Mohawke, Machinedrum, Baauer.

Are you thrilled about playing for the first time in the U.K., during the Kitsuné Club Night In London at Village Underground?
Totally, I can’t wait to play in London! I’ve been there a couple of times now and actually played a few gigs in the past months, so now I totally can’t wait to be back! London is the place to be.

Do you plan to make some shows in France?
France is where I’ve never played before, so I am very much looking forward to my first show in Paris on March 27th!

You have a very singular and modish style, how would you define it?
Thank you! I love colours, shapes, patterns, and style-wise I am kind of exploring the space between original and fake. I guess it’s something like a “Broke Bohemian”.

What’s next?
We just finished a whole bunch of new tracks and are finalizing my debut album here in Kaiku Studios. I am looking forward to putting out some new songs and videos this Spring, playing at SXSW Festival in Austin (Texas) and then Paris and London! See you there!


Don’t miss her, for the first time in London, at our Kitsuné Club Night – Easter Bank Holiday Special at Village Underground on March 28th beside AeroplaneThe Twelves and Gigamesh!
Get your tickets at a friendly price on Ticket Web or on Resident Advisor and then join the event on Facebook.

Follow D E N A on Facebook!

Picture courtesy of Obi Blanche