"One way to the top, I'll make with what I got. You want my number, baby, I'm on a mission, catch up." In the midst of chart-topping Epic Records Cuban artist Kat Dahlia's 'Gangsta' lyrics, it's easy to get lost in the piano keys echoing tunes between andante and allegro, flowing perfectly into light vibrating strings and a clean rhythmic, beat, produced by Jersey's own, Justin DeSantis, also known as J. Dens.
J. Den's produced this song with rising artist Kat Dahlia who he found out lived only 10 minutes away, and with whom he later discovered had many friends in common friends with as well. "It was crazy," he said thoughtfully. Plenty of familiarity definitely helped with their music journey which required a lot of devotion and energy. "The process was very cloudy. 'Gangsta' came from a very dark place. The instrumental was naturally flooded with pure emotion, heartbreak and hardship. I was going through a break up at the time and so was Kat Dahlia. It just resonated with where we both were at the moment. I guess that's what made the song blow up. It's real, it's gritty like music should be. It's also Kat's life story and introduction to the world."
Breaking into the music industry was no walk in the park for this emerging producer who admitted that "It was very hard! I was only really networking with unsigned singers, musicians and producers from my town. Which is how I came across Kat. It wasn't until I found her and made 'Gangsta' that the industry kind of found us." He still maintains that hard work can get you places in the industry, where he adds that " If you're really good at what you do, they'll find you. Trust me."
Thankfully, in the midst of a busy life in entertainment, J. Dens still finds time for the things that matter in life where he acknowledged that "I try and spend time with friends and family when I can. I also have a bunch of hobbies such as skateboarding, snowboarding. But I spend most of my time just making beats."
This music maven looks forward to future projects with Kat Dahlia where he says that, "As far as her album goes, the next song I have coming out with her is her album title track called 'My Garden' and also her next possible single 'I think I'm in love.' " Perhaps one day he will try his hand in collaboration with stars on his radar such as Lana Del Rey, Rihanna, Adele, Justin Timberlake, Timberland, Bruno Mars, and Chino Moreno of the Deftones. As many figures should in today's music industry, J. Dens had carved time for his growing clothing business Seven Devils Apparel which is "Catering to people that love to wear black, love or have tattoos, are Fashionistas, ride motorcycles or are just plain bada**es." His inspiration for the eye-catching name came from the idea that "All the things people love to do are usually sins. Also know as the Seven Deadly Sins or the 'Seven Devils' such as greed, wrath, lust, vanity, gluttony, envy and sloth. So, I figured if that's how we're living, that's what I'll call it. It's not only my brand. It's everyone's lifestyle."
In addition to his apparel line, you can find him "working with a variety of new artists and songwriters. I'm also focusing on putting my own EP together. My dream is to land my own record deal as an artist. I'm more than just a producer."
For a producer who has been "banging on pots and pans since I was three," and has only officially been in the game since April of 2013, when he first signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell, J. Dens is doing not bad at all. Aside from his music endeavors, this determined dreamer does have a soft side, admitting to his top celebrity crushes as Jessica Biel, Mila Kunis, Scarlet Johansson and Lana Del Rey.
Who knows? Maybe one day this break-out producer may get lucky!
J. Dens Twitter: https://twitter.com/jdens86
'Gangsta' Kat Dahlia - Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trtdEg34eII