FYC: Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius’ “Behind The Curtain”

FYC: Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius’ “Behind The Curtain”

Thank you for considering my artist’s music. Listen and watch, get to know Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius’ rock song, rock performance, and music video: BEHIND THE CURTAIN. A lot of Joe’s collaborators are your friends. Please take the time to consider Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius’ music.

Best Rock Song, Best Music Video, Best Rock Performance:

Joe Deninzon says, “Our society relishes watching people go down in flames. It traces back to public executions. In our psychology lies a deep, dark fascination with observing the demise of someone else, as long as it’s not us. There is a primal fascination with watching someone suffer. We love to chastise someone while we ourselves often lead a double life, hiding all kinds of skeletons in our closets while pretending we are faultless. One verse says: ‘Wear the mask so righteous, quick to judge the careless, those who fear the monster, living in glass houses.’ There is also a line about the trappings of celebrity: ‘Everybody knows your name…you feel so alone.’

“A few things about the recording: I have always wanted to put an electric violin through a talk box, which I have never heard done before, so this song seemed like a perfect opportunity. The talk box represents the ‘man behind the curtain.’ I also got inspired by the riff from ‘My Sharona’ by The Knack and ‘The World Around Me’ by Kings X. The time signature fluctuates between 4/4, 6/4, and 3⁄4. I love alternating between different time signatures without ruining the flow of the song. You can just bob your head to the song or dig deeper into all the intricate rhythmic stuff going on below the surface.”

In the music video, actor Max McGuire plays a tormented wretched old man stuck in an endless maze of corridors in his mind, his own personal hell. Through the video, he opens different doors and enters new worlds where he assumes a different identity in each, putting on a face and playing a role, always returning back into his hallway of hell and searching for a new doorway to open, doomed to do this for eternity. The band represents the demons who continue to hover around and haunt this man, with a nod to the Droogs from Clockwork Orange.

The video for BEHIND THE CURTAIN was co-produced by renowned MTV producer David P. Levin, Filner at Alpha Wave Studios in East Hanover, NJ, and edited by David Milone and David P. Levin.


Running on inertia
Propped up fake euphoria
Paper thin disguises
Human skin behind them
We suppress the demons
Feel the hunger grumbling
Show your poker face
and dodge the lightning
Nothing is certain
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

Wear the mask so righteous
Quick to judge the careless
Those who free the monster
Living in glass houses
Stare at our reflection
Cracking through the mirror
Feel them breathing down your neck
they’re coming nearer
Dig the dirt in
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

Click your heels three times
and wish for the courage
To fight tornadoes that smash you to pieces
Free yourself up and they’ll chain you forever

Welcome to the circus
It’s your biggest nightmare
Wear the scarlet letter
Scrutinized forever
All the doors are bolted
You can’t find your way home
Everybody knows your name
You feel so alone
Put your mask on
And tuck your shirt in
Pay no attention to the
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

© 2017 By Joe Deninzon, All Rights Reserved
Joe Deninzon, FAQs & Great Revelations 🙂

1) Joe’s played with Les Paul. Radio Personality Joey Reynolds introduced the two in the early years of this millennium.

2) While playing weddings, Joe found finding sessions and sidemen gigs, and building his band Stratospheerius. He paid dues on the road and in the music clubs.

3) Joe has worked/performed/recorded with Bruce Springsteen, 50Cent, Renaissance, KISS’s Peter Criss, Ritchie Blackmore, Sheryl Crow, Trans Siberian Orchestra, soloist with Jazz at Lincon Center and NYC Ballet.

4) Joe Deninzon is an active teacher/clinician and published his book, “Plugging In: A Guide to Gear and Technique for the 21st Century String Player” through Mel Bay in 2012.

5) For the past 8 years, Joe’s a faculty member/clinician for Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp/Festival, the only camp in the world dedicated to electric strings!

6) For the past 19 years, Joe has performed with renowned harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, where Joe co-founded the local School of Rock program.

7) Joe is a great American composer for many genres, recently commissioned by violinist Rachel Barton Pine. He world-premiered his “Dream Diary: Concerto for Seven-String Electric Violin and Orchestra” with the Muncie Symphony in 2015.

8) He has been creating string arrangements and parts for a range of artists for years, and would love to do yours!

9) Joe’s son Max painted, created the letters, the alien–all the art for the album cover and inside drawings for GUILTY OF INNOCENCE (the album that BEHIND THE CURTAIN appears on). The album charted on Jambase/Relix Radio for 4 months, ultimately reaching Number 4!

10) Joe thanks you and many people for inspiration, life, and the pursuit of happiness.

Joe Deninzon-Mark Wood “Viper” 7-sring electric violin, lead vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin.
Aurelien Budynek-guitars, vocals
Jamie Bishop-bass, vocals
Lucianna Padmore-drums, percussion
Special guest:
Benny Koonyevsky-percussion
Engineered by Rave Tesar.
Mixed by Alex Salzman
Mastered by Rave Tesar at Studio X (Warwick, NY)
Produced by Joe Deninzon
Recorded at Studio X (Ridgewood, NJ and Warwick, NY).
CD layout design by Claire Deninzon