It seems like Miami is a breeding ground for talented djs and producers. Henrix himself hit the mainstage circuit in 2013; keep in mind though, in 2012 he was opening and closing for some of the biggest names in the industry. Artists such as Tiesto, Hardwell, Nicky etc support his tracks while his music is released by SIZE RECORDS, Mixmash, Universal Republic and more. Seeing fresh talent on the mainstage is as not entirely shocking in this case.
Miami may be the breeding ground, but New York is where teeth are cut. It was a hell of a rush at Electric Zoo on Saturday to catch all the artists that the Zoo had lined up. While on the way to Zomboy’s set, the chance to hear Miami’s maestro Henrix popped up. One thing led to another and an impromptu interview with Henrix materialized in the midst of Zoo’s chaos!
In true artist fashion, Henrix took it upon himself to be the conductor. Taking full control of the attendees, Henrix immediately dove into some heavy mixing playing a number of his up and coming releases, such as ‘Heat’. Acapella from Red Hot Chili Peppers let the crowd relax, but not for long considering the crowd needed some noise to jump start the morning. Consider mashups a cure for Day two hangovers, the “Personal Jesus Mash Up” which built up to such a high intensity that the hangovers and lack of sleep were ignored. With an extra 40 minutes added to his set due to Dimitri Vegas & Like Mikes flight delay Henrix made the Animals wild.
Voices from the Undrgrnd:
Undrgrnd Sound: Hi this is Alex, I’m here with Henrix and we’re at Electric Zoo. How did your set go?
Henrix: It was amazing man, I got an extra 40 minutes that I played so can’t complain about that. I got to go a little bit longer. Electric Zoo is New York and New York’s crowd is just insane. I can’t complain, it’s amazing.
In regards to your extra long set, usually artists are very prepared, did you have all the material just in case with you?
Actually I talked about that on twitter the other day. I don’t prepare sets. I load up my USB, is about 100 tracks that I like that I play on tour. I kinda go from there, do my live stuff, my mashups. But I never really say okay, this is what track i’m going to play, this is whats next. I put it together, whatever goes.
You said like a hundred tracks you prepare before the tour, do you just have the tracks you like and play them throughout or do you stick with yours?
Preparing wise, the only thing I really prepare is my mashups. As far as preparing my set as far as what i’m going to play, no not really.
Henrix- Heat (Original Mix)[Free Download]
How do you go into making the mashups? Is there anything you look for in tracks you’re putting together?
Yeah, because the thing is sometimes a track will have a breakdown that’s not amazing or maybe the breakdown is amazing and you want to just add a vocal to it. Honestly, when it comes to festivals and even clubs, I feel like people want to sing along to it and if they don’t really recognize it, especially if it’s an ID track, something you’ve never heard, you’re kind of like okay, what’s this? So people want to recognize stuff a lot of times. A lot of times they don’t. The track itself is cool when you play and ID and if you put a vocal over it I think people will be like ‘Oh man, what is this?’
In regards to that, what’s the difference between being at a festival like Electric Zoo or being at a club?
I don’t really see a difference. I guess it depends what club you’re talking about. There’s clubs that are smaller venues so it’s more intimate and then you have to go a little bit, you can’t go festival music. You have to go groovier. You have to really feel the crowd out. It’s kind of the same thing though when you’re playing, you kind of just look at the crowd and see kinda what they want to hear. If they’re not feeling it, you change it if they are, you keep going at it.
Was there anything special for Electric Zoo that you had?
I played some new stuff in there. My own stuff and remixes too. I premiered a few things that no ones really heard. I think they recorded my set so, yeah. Mashups, I do myself live, accapelas and stuff, you know?
What’s the set up when you DJ live?
I like a minimum of three CDJ’s because I like to play accapelas. Sometimes I’ll cut the music and just put an accapelas by itself and then bring the music in later. It’s a little hard when you have two because then you’re trying to mix to another track. Four is very rare, but I will, sometimes like a drum pattern from an intro of a track so i’ll loop that into a track and have that going. It really depends, I can go up to four.
In regards to production, what’s your setup there? What programs do you use?
I use Logic. I’ve used the new ableton, I like it a lot but my main thing is logic. I used to use FL Studios when I first started. I just switched over to Mac and Logic so I learned that one.
FL studio has been around for quite some time, how did you discover that you like producing?
It took me a while because actually in 11th grade I signed up to a music production class and I told my teacher I wanted to move in two days because I didn’t think I was going to like it. So the irony of that is crazy and I started making music I want to say, about 5 years ago or something like that. I was DJing first though. I decided that I was going to make music. It just kind of evolved into it. It wasn’t just like one day, ‘oh yeah, i’m going to make music’ you know? I started listening to dance music a lot more and was like alright, maybe I can do this for a living and I bought some Newmarks, CD players at the time and spent a year in my room just practicing. I eventually started getting into production and I still have my first productions. I keep it there so I can just listen to how it’s evolved.
Do you ever feel you want to revisit them? Bring them back?
I do. For myself. I listen to them and I kind of see where I went with the music and how it’s evolved from time to time. I keep it. I keep it for that.
Henrix Live from Governors Island May 28th, 2013
Being an up and coming artist, in this very large scene, there’s a lot of collaborations happening, is there a dream collaboration with another EDM artist you have? Maybe a dream collaboration with someone outside of the EDMsphere?
Definitely, I would love to work with Steve Angelo, Axwell, Tiesto, LaidBack Luke which has been somebody that’s helped me a lot. Those guys are inspiration to me. Steve is an awesome producer and so is Axwell. As far as outside of the EDM community, I’ve always had this thing, I really like Timberland’s prodcutions, Dr. Dre’s productions, I think they’re just amazing producers outside of the EDM world. There’s always the vocalists too.
Is there any favorite vocalist that you like now-a-days?
I like Ellie Golding, I love Adele of course. There’s a lot of upcoming singers too out there that are really good. I wouldn’t pin point maybe one. I think there’s a few out there that I would love to work with.
We just talked to your manager before and he was telling us about a crazy upcoming tour schedule. Are you excited about that?
Yes. I’m very exited about that. It’s going to be crazy. I think this month it starts. October is when it really gets hectic. I think i’ll be home one day in October. I’m in Miami because I’m playing in Miami. That’s the only reason I’ll be home.
How is it when you come home and have that kind of reception?
It’s amazing. I think everyone likes to play in their hometown. Who doesn’t? That’s where all your friends and family and everything are. They come out to see you and support you because those are the people that when nobody knew who you were, they were there with you. They came up with you. People that supported you since the beginning so of course you want to play in your hometown.
Would you like to be timeless or innovative?
Do I have to pick one? I think if it’s timeless it’s going to be innovative because great music is timeless and for that it has to be innovative. I think when the music is innovative it becomes timeless. I guess if you have to pick one it would be timeless.
The name of our company is Undrgrnd Sound. When you hear those words. What are the first thoughts, images, movies anything that comes to your mind?
Actually, reminds me of when I first started DJing, I used to be an after hours DJ, an underground DJ. So, I used to do six hour sets in Miami after hours and stuff like that. I would go 10 in the morning so when I hear underground that’s the first thing I think of.