Inspired by gospel music, soulful songs, and American Southern Rock, Denied NYC is a band hailing from New York City. Reminiscent of the Allman Brothers, the band emits a Southern vibe filled with cooperative energies. Despite the band’s rocky history with one of the guitarists leaving in the middle of 1999, Denied NYC bounced back to the music scene and began performing in late 2000.
Starting in 1999, guitarists David Smith, Thirdy Ripell and bassist Louie Dunes took an interest in starting a band. They later added Chris West for vocals and drummer Mike Dutton to play their first few gigs as front acts for well-known bands such as Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and the iconic American band Nirvana.
The group composed a unique set of songs while preparing to record under their record label, Mega Records. Unfortunately, their vocalist at the time, Chris West left before the album could be recorded, giving Kevin Royce the opportunity to front the band. Denied NYC’s debut album, Killa Highway, Vol. 1 exhibited their love for Southern rock and was completed before the end of 1999.
Their drummer for almost two years, Mike Dutton, left the band with Brian Mimms taking his place. The band was then recognized as a force to be reckoned with playing shows and signing on to a huge record label, Sony Music Entertainment. In April 2001, Denied NYC released their sophomore album, Beggar’s Planet, which paved the way for their growing career. With over 20,000 units sold, the album reached gold and received fantastic reception for their excellent blend of Southern rock and Hendrix-styled riffs.
David Smith eventually garnered the title of Guitarist of the Year in the 2002 NU101 Rock Awards.
Smith was named Guitarist of the Year at the 2002 NU101 Rock Awards. The next year, the same company named Louie Dunes Bassist of the Year.