"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, parts of the hybrid drum kit, 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 the music industry environment of 2018 and opted instead to release songs via social media over a 6 month period.
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.”
He collaborates regularly on projects related to Denied Grace as well as other artistic endeavors with Celebrity and former Playboy photographer David Rams, and model/photographer/makeup artist KL Vox.
“David is a genius and without his ability, vision, and co-direction, the Fallen From Grace video would not have been possible.” explains LaRoux. “I knew where I wanted to go with the video. I knew I wanted a lush, film-like, movie-quality look, but had no way of knowing how to get there. David not only drew the map for me, he took the journey with me and guided me all the way.”
Regarding Vox, he commented “KL is a fearlessly creative artistic being. She is not just beautiful. The energy and passion she is able to convey is something you see but is also nearly a tangible presence that reaches out for you. That is part of everything she does.”
Rams was the Director of Photography and Technical Consultant for the “Fallen From Grace” video. Vox appears in the video and sings on the track.
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 and save my ass.”
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, and most intelligent people I've 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."