Kurt Deninger, originally from the Washington D.C. area, has been sitting comfortably behind a drum kit since age 12. His resume bridges many musical styles from rock, hip-hop, electronic, fusion, reggae and more. He is always playing live shows and recording or rehearsing with one of the many projects he is involved in.
At the age of 13, Deninger started playing and recording with his first band. Years later, he joined the group Power Movement Project. Deninger played drums and co-wrote three albums with PMP and found success with their single “Murder” featuring Fish Scales of the Grammy nominated Platinum selling hip-hop group Nappy Roots.
After leaving Power Movement project in 2006, Deninger relocated to Los Angeles. Upon his arrival, he began playing shows and recording with various L.A. artists. From 2007 to 2009, Deninger played in indie post-punk group Headtraffic in support of their first album release “Hello, Goodbye”. The following year he co-wrote, played drums and contributed vocals to the band’s second album.
While still involved with Headtraffic, Deninger also started playing with Los Angeles hip-rock project, Static Pulse. With Static Pulse, he has played L.A.’s Sunset Music festival (2009 and 2010) supporting major acts such as B-Real of hip-hop group Cypress Hill and mainstream alternative group P.O.D. Deninger and Static Pulse still play regularly on the Sunset Strip.
In Spring of 2010, he joined reggae-oriented group Cipes and The People. The group is currently writing material for their second LP and performing in various Los Angeles venues. Shortly after joining Cipes and The People, indie synth-pop group Faded Paper Figures asked Deninger to play drums on their West-coast tour in support of their second album “The New Medium” (released May 2010). Faded Paper Figures has had songs featured on the Emmy-winning television drama “Grey’s Anatomy” and in 2009 they won the O.C. Music Award for Best Electronic Group. Also recently landing a song in a Swedish Denim ad campaign (link below). Since the end of the tour, Deninger has begun recording new tracks with the group.
On three of his projects, Deninger plays to backing tracks and creates a hybrid setup by incorporating electronics into his acoustic set. He is constantly evolving as a drummer (i.e. acoustics, electronics, triggers, drum loops, backing tracks and vocals) and challenging himself. Though busy with his four current projects, Deninger eagerly continues to pursue independent recording sessions and live-show opportunities.