"If you have the right combination of people, the crowd can feel the energy of the band. That is how it goes from just being a band onstage and becomes an unforgettable event.
That is what you should expect when you see a Denied Grace show.”
- Kym LaRoux -
Denied Grace is an American band and art project formed in 2017 by Kym LaRoux in Atlanta, Georgia.
The band's first single "Fallen From Grace" was released on May 30th, 2018.
Kym LaRoux is Denied Grace’s founder, frontman, songwriter, primary producer, and instrumentalist. He also designs the stage show elements including the industrial design of his “Xenomorph Tail” mic stand, extensive video projections, and the light show.
In a departure from the role of frontman, he was a drummer/percussionist for the Industrial Band Ludovico Technique and performed on their 2016 US tour.
Denied Grace’s first collection of songs is called “Hidden Meanings”.
LaRoux decided that releasing all songs at once in “album” form didn’t make sense in today's music industry environment and opted instead to release songs via social media and streaming services.
While LaRoux is the only constant member of the band and records most of the songs himself, though he collaborates with others.
After recording much of “Hidden Meanings” it became time to enlist a band to perform the music live.
The band consists of (clockwise from the top right in the pic above) , Nathan Rose on Electronic Instruments, Scott Storey on Bass, Johnny Diaz on Drums, and Kym LaRoux.
When asked for the criteria he used to choose the members, he responded “When you’re in a band, it should be like a gang. You spend an extreme amount of time together. I wanted to find people I knew who could do the job incredibly well and were amazing human beings. I am so happy to have these guys involved. If you have the right combination of people, the crowd can feel the energy of the band. That is how it goes from just being a band onstage and becomes an unforgettable event. That is what you should expect when you see a Denied Grace show.”
When working in the recording studio, LaRoux explains that “While I can get most of songs, sounds and tones I hear in my head recorded myself, I do not pretend that I am an expert on any instrument. I am fortunate that when I’ve reached my limitations, I know some incredible musicians who can get the sounds I’m looking for.”
After collaborating on the "Fallen From Grace" video, LaRoux decided to take another direction and immersed himself in the world of cinematography. "Fallen From Grace has a very distinct look that I am proud of but it was literally the product of diving into the deep end, studying how it should be shot, lenses to use in a rush up to the shoot. Everyone had their expertise but none of us really knew what we were doing when it came to proper cinematography. Looking back I"m proud to say it worked really well.
But, we got lucky and I don't like leave anything to chance. After a year of extensive research I'm excited that what you'll see going forward will eclipse the past."
"There are definitely things we got right. The most amazing thing about that video to me is the performance of KL Vox. She is mainly a visual artist. I asked her to sing on the song which she had never done before. She projected in her vocals the fearless talent, beauty, and sexuality you see in her visual art it is amazing,"
LaRoux is currently working on a short film based on the song "Machine" in a collaboration with Atlanta actor, writer, and artist, Matthew Wasdin..
Collaborators on “Hidden Meanings” include guitarist Jimmy Cypher, drummer Johnny Diaz, and guest vocals by KL Vox.
BJ Ogden works with LaRoux as an engineer and co-producer on some songs. He has also worked with LaRoux as his drum tech on tour.
"BJ is one of the funniest, humble, talented, and most intelligent people I've ever met. I am a relatively solitary person and I usually know exactly what I want a song or the band to sound like live. He is someone I can rely on without question in those situations as well as being a lot of fun to be around day after day on tour."