Miami, FL – Flashback to Miami Music Week, when Daily Beat’s own Ashlyn took a trip to a LIV Miami to hang out and talk with Henrix, a Miami-based producer whose music has made big waves, and even landed in Kaskade‘s recent sets! Check out what he had to say in this exclusive interview, there’s even a nice present at the end for you…
A: How has this week been going for you so far? I know you live here but you’ve been playing parties since Saturday.
Yeah, Saturday I had the Club 50 party which was with Digital Lab and David Tort. It was a packed house, slammed completely. It’s kind of a tradition for us now; it’s the opening and it was just insane. Sold out and a good way to start the week.
A: What do you like best about MMW?
I think it’s my DJ friends that I don’t get to see often that come around. Like, DJ’s will come here so I have one DJ friend here once in a while. Most of the time I’m not here because I’m touring. So now, everyone comes together and it’s a fun thing.
A: How do you like having it in your hometown?
It’s actually been overwhelming. Some people don’t get that. Some people think it’s an amazing thing but if you think about it it’s like, you live here so it’s a place you want to relax but when this time comes around – I’ve been doing it since before I was a DJ, almost 10 years now – you get a little bit of anxiety, like it’s building up.
A: What do you hope to gain from this year over the others?
I don’t know if I want to gain anything. This time just comes around and it’s like Christmas for DJ’s. Ya know, you just want to have fun and be with your friends and people that you care about and that’s it. Just have fun at your parties – and there are so many parties going on.
A: It is overwhelming! You started DJ’ing after hours parties here in Miami. How has your style and perspective changed since playing regular parties and even bigger shows like Life in Color, Mexico?
I started my DJ career next door actually. It was a club called Nocturnal. It closed down; it was right next door to Space. It was a residency for me, and it started out different for me because…I got into dance music because of Tiesto. 2006 Hardrock Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale was my first show and it blew me away. He was Trance at the time. Right after that I got into the underground scene – I used to do the marathon sets. Ya know, 6-8 hours. That was my thing and I still love it- the grooviness and the underground. I love progressive but I love all kinds of music. I grew up on Classic Rock and some Brazilian music because I’m Brazilian, and eventually I felt like I was stuck in a place with the underground. I felt like I needed to grow more and try different things because as an artist you want to try different things. You could be good at one thing but you want to be good at many things. That’s what people forget sometimes. That’s what I want to do. I want to be good at many things.
A: Speaking of growing, what are your thoughts on the direction that dance music is going?
It’s a hit or miss, honestly. I want to say I know where it’s going but at the same time, I don’t. No one really does. Yet, they said that about Hip Hop in the 90’s. And how long did it last? Now is when it’s faded away because of dance. But what did it take, 20 years? It’s one of those things where people are like, ‘It’s going to burst, it’s going to burst.’
A: Yeah, ‘The EDM bubble is going to pop.’
And maybe it is but from what I’ve seen, especially this… we are the new hippie generation. The 60’s are back. I feel like it’s going to be here for awhile. People are loving electronic music. I remember it was one of the big artists (Jim Morrison) who said that one day music is going to be made with computers. So, it’s the future, ya know? Hopefully it doesn’t pop. I love electronic music. I’m actually venturing into a new style of music right now.
A: What’s that?
My teenage years was a lot of Hip Hop and I’m big into Classic Rock but some Indie stuff too. I’ve been doing so many different things because I’ve always told myself that it something becomes very repetitive, then I don’t want to do it anymore. I didn’t get into this for that. So even though the 128 [BPMs], that is my first love, I want to try different things too. As an artists, you want to see what you’re good at and expand.
A: Well you said you grew up with Hip Hop. Have you ever dabbled in Trap?
Yeah, I actually did some Trap stuff that’s not released yet. I do want to make sure that when I release the first crossover it’s something that’s legitimately good. So people aren’t saying, ‘Oh my God, what the hell is this?’
A: You need to keep your fans happy too.
A: Oh I feel like he already is.
A: Tell us about your new release with Digital Lab, “Drop It Low.”
H: So, it was a collab I was going to do with Laidback Luke and it didn’t really go anywhere. Ya know, I sent it to Luke, he was like, ‘I like it.’ It took awhile and nothing ever really got going, which happens sometimes. And then Digital Lab was like, ‘Hey, I really like it and the sampling. Let’s do something with it.’ So it was totally different. We got into the studio, changed the drop completely, actually the whole track. And then I worked on the break down at home and it all just came together. Then, we sent it to Kaskade and he loved it; He premiered it on Holy Ship and played it that whole weekend. He hit us up and he was like, ‘I want it. Please don’t send it to anyone.’ And now it’s coming out on his label!
A: So what’s next for you. That, and you have some of the Trap tracks you’re working on.
Yeah, there is no release date yet. I’m still working on them. I’m also working on some Funk stuff; Old school, 50’s/60’s Funk. Like Jackson Five, “ABC” type thing because I love that. And I love the old Kanye West 2000’s stuff, like that he samples old 60’s tracks. So, yeah I have so many different things that I’m working on. The Funk is one of my favorites so I’m getting it right.
A: What’s your schedule like? Are you playing any festivals?
Yeah, we’re working on it. I have my residency at Light. It’s my second year. I have a residency in Atlantic City now. We’re doing a bunch of shows next month. LA, which I’m looking forward to. I’m headlining Avalon. Last time I played there was with Dirty South, this time I’m headlining. So, it’s going to be fun!
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