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Carlos Andres Dengler

Carlos Dengler
Background information
Born 23 April 1974 (1974-04-23) (age 35)
United States Queens, New York, United States
Genres Indie rock
Post-punk revival
Years active 1998-present
Labels Capitol
Associated acts Interpol
Notable instruments
Fender Jazz Bass

Carlos Dengler (born April 23, 1974), previously known as Carlos D., is an American musician best known as the bassist for the band Interpol.



Carlos Andres Dengler was born and raised in Queens. He is of Colombian and German descent. Guitarist Daniel Kessler approached Dengler in 1998 and asked him about joining his band while they were both attending New York University. Dengler was studying philosophy and history at the time and wanted to pursue a career as an academic, but was coaxed into joining the band along with lead singer Paul Banks. Dengler attended St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows, NY.

Dengler's trademark style is marked with strident staccato bursts, a clean tone brought about by his Fender Jazz Bass, and octave jumps, almost in a disco-like fashion. The low E string is lowered to D as the band writes many songs in D and B minor. One of his influences is Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook, and like Hook, he also wears the bass guitar very low — often near knee level — and uses a pick to pluck the strings.

Dengler additionally writes all the keyboard parts for Interpol.

He used to play the keyboards live before Interpol began performing with touring keyboardists, starting on the Turn on the Bright Lights tour.

Other work

When on the road and off, Dengler actively works on original film and TV projects. He recently wrote, produced, and scored a short film called Golgotha, directed by Daniel Ryan, along with My Friends Told Me About You, which also featured Dengler as lead actor. Dengler has remixed songs for B-side releases including VHS or Beta's "Night on Fire", "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" by Nine Inch Nails alongside Sam Fog (which is bandmate Samuel Fogarino) and Interpol's own "Public Pervert". He contributed the piece "Katya and Josh Ain't Havin' It" to the HBO Voyeur Project.


Dengler plays a black standard Fender Jazz Bass (which was used on Turn on the Bright Lights, Antics, and Our Love To Admire) with the knobs removed (Antics era and beyond). He does not use any effects pedals, claiming "Our music is almost symphonic in nature, because the harmonic structures are defined by the union of two guitars and a bass, and sometimes keyboard as well. If I were to start freaking out with effects, it would create too much of a bass presence, or it would distract from the band's most important aspect-the unity of all those musical elements together."[1]

He works with a mixture of classic synthesizer and orchestral emulations to generate arrangements for Interpol and for his scores .


  1. ^ "Carlos D.". Retrieved 2009-02-05.  


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