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Denizen, Hello Halo



Cousins Dave Schafer and Pete Vale bore the idea of forming a rock band late in 2011 as a therapeutic release from the pressurized day to day of New York City living. Adding on bass guitarist Andrew Wilkes, drummer Ben Selznick, and keyboard player James Gettinger, the band was complete in early 2012. For about a year, they would get together informally, sing, talk, and enjoy the company of each others’ talents, focused initially only on their favorite rock covers and whatever other melodies happened to pass before their minds. But the energy in the room soon developed into something more, and they began to write songs together: ones they liked so much that they felt compelled to share. In January of 2013 they played their first live show in the basement of a small club in Manhattan. From there, things took off quickly as crowds progressively got bigger and bigger. Denizen soon became a staple on the Lower East Side music scene, quickly moving from mid-sized venues like Arlene’s Grocery and Pianos to professional concert halls like Webster Hall, Bowery Ballroom, and Brooklyn Bowl. From there they began touring up and down the East Coast and have grown a strong regional following in cities from Boston, MA to Washington, D.C.

Several lineup changes later, Dave and Pete have remained at the core of the band along with bassist Colin Harte, drummer Max Azarmehr and lead guitarist Jack McCain who all joined in 2021. The band recorded its debut LP “Afterglow” in 2019 at Studio G in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Denizen has been steadily building their online following and is excited to return to touring in the spring of 2022.


Hello Halo

Hello Halo is an American rock band that produces songs influenced by an array of musical genres—from pop and hiphop to folk and j-rock. Their lyrics aim to inspire and provoke action or nurture curiosity, shifting from perceptive and cerebral to motivational and romantic. Founded in New York City in 2017, the group consists of Paul Nathaniel (Vocals), cousins Jon Bernstein (Guitar) and Jeremy Bernstein (Bass), and Juan Pablo Pastor (Drums). Their original drummer, Paul Adler, tragically took his own life in the Summer of 2019. Their debut album, Maybe This Can’t Wait released in early 2020.


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