Staycation Live are happy to announce that the awesome Mike Dennis will be performing at this years festival. Mike Dennis is a classically-trained violinist whose boyhood love of Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Gangstarr led him to create a unique kind of string-heavy hip hop music he refers to as Violinica.
“Violin in hand and a multitude of effects and loop pedals at his feet, he builds up to a string and percussion crescendo before opening his mouth and… wow! This guy doesn’t just spit rhymes, they just cascade out at a speed that is as ferocious as his lyrics.” – Wake The Deaf (Ben Gallivan)
Performing using Jess (violin), a loop pedal and a cajon, Mike builds up layers of dense harmony and embellishes with thoughtful, energetic rhymes drawing inspiration from daily British life and the perils and profits of love with a geeky fanaticism for rhythm-bending and syncopation.
You won’t have seen an artist like this before.
In 2016, Mike released “Smiles & Cries” on his own label, D-Funk Records. The single, “Stuff” was picked up as Tom Robinsons 6music
Recommends track in March 2016.
2017 will see the release of two EPs. “Junction 19” in May and “Junction 29” in October. Mike is touring the first of these releases in the UK in May.
“That shit you was doing…took me to different dimensions, man” (Vordal Mega of Cannibal Ox)
“How many brains do you have?!”