Dennis has worked as a Music Teacher, free lance guitarist/vocalist and drummer landing him work in Canada and the US. Dennis’s body of work extends over two decades. Producing 16 full length albums and countless demos to date for others. Dennis is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, bass, mandolin, upright bass, banjo, harmonica and drums. He is also a talented vocalist and harmony singer, songwriter, producer and composer. Dennis lives in Turner Valley, Alberta and is currently sharing his musical talent with students and fellow musicians at LYX Studio. www.lyxstudio.com https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/whiskey-scars/id553083827
Poignant and wonderfully delivered by a character who has many stories to tell. Canadian music, as Bob Harris tends to mention on his BBC Radio 2 show, is quite brilliant. So many bands are emerging right now which seem to impress even the most difficult of audiences, and Deni Kobi from Saskatchewan is certainly a prime example of such an artist as he really does demonstrate something special in this album. Consisting of a hefty eighteen tracks, each and every one are downright excellent but there are a certain few which seem to emerge as the finest of this bunch. Smile Goes A Ways has the bonus of having a reggae beat but set to rock and roll instruments. Being an admirer of Jimmy Buffett for many years due to him incorporating this into the majority of his work, Deni follows in the same vein as Jimmy by taking elements of reggae and making it his own. This song has such a relaxed feel that it makes you sit back and become comfortable with your surroundings. But whilst this happens the message Deni sings about comes through even clearer due to this unperturbed state you find yourself in. Only lasting just over one and a half minutes is Perfect Slice. The pioneers of rock and roll would be mighty proud of the fact that such music similar to theirs is still being released many generations after they put their own songs to record as this track really is a triumph. When Deni releases music such as this it makes you want to move to his neck of the woods just so you can catch him live, as any chance to witness a single one of these songs being performed in the flesh would be a treat for the eyes. Here’s hoping for a UK tour! RH (reprinted by kind permission of Maverick Magazine)
Musician gives back
Musician gives back By: Tammy Rollie | Posted: Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 08:23 am Deni Kobi at his Lyx Studio in Okotoks on Oct. 23. Deni and his sister Bea are <br />performing at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre in Okotoks on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.
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Comments | Print | A A A singer-songwriter who recently moved to Okotoks is asking his audience to pick the charity he will be playing for this weekend.
Being new to Okotoks, Saskatchewan-raised Deni Kobialko thought it best to leave the cause up to the community for his band Kobi’s upcoming concert at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. He is asking the public to email firstname.lastname@example.org with their choice. The charity with the most support will be selected and posted after the concert at Facebook/lyxstudio
“I thought it would be kind of cool because we’re new here maybe the community that’s already established here could vote,” he said. “We didn’t know what really needed help.”
Kobialko and his sister Bea Kobialko have been performing together in a range of genres from traditional country folk to rockabilly for 16 years.
In 2009, the pair released the album “Whiskey Scars” and Kobialko released his own album “Matter of Time” that same year.
“We are doing some of the cuts off of ‘Whiskey Scars,’ we are doing some brand new ones that have not been released,” he said of this weekend’s concert. “There is a little bit of everything.”
Kobialko and his sister grew up in Wawota, SK. Bea now lives in northern Saskatchewan where she works as a Parks Canada interpreter.
Kobialko is a record producer, audio engineer, private music teacher and owns his own studio company Lyx Studio in Okotoks.
His studio is hosting an open house on Dec. 7 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 119 Sunset Place.
The vocalist and songwriter boasts instrumental talent on the mandolin and guitar and sis Bea plays the rhythm guitar, is the lead vocalist and writes lyrics.
“Me and her always do a lot of stuff as a duo,” he said. “It’s always been that right from the bare bones growing up together. We are continually playing.”
Despite living so far apart since Kobialko moved to Okotoks with his wife and four children a year ago, the brother and sister act get together monthly to practice and perform at a variety of venues in his home province.
“I go back to the Saskatchewan studio once a month for about 10 days,” he said. “We get together a lot.”
In 2009, Kobi embarked on a coast-to-coast Canadian tour on the heels of releasing its album “Whiskey Scars” and is planning another tour next year.
Kobialko said their music gets a lot of radio play in northern Saskatchewan.
In the meantime, he keeps busy writing for television and film, including work on an independent film in Vancouver about nature and conservation. He is also assisting his sister with a children’s album and has artists recording his songs, such as Saskatchewan singer Tom Hart, who is releasing a CD this fall.
Kobialko describes his band’s music as positive and upbeat. The song “It Feels Good” caught the attention of a teen suicide committee in Saskatoon, which is using the tune to assist with their messaging. Kobi said the song is about being grateful for every second of life and life isn’t so bad.
Timberline Country Music Show
Featured Artist Kobi on the Timberline country show episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4CqPbxDa1M