If you scan through Henrix’s discography, you may be surprised to find that he has nearly 15 releases within the last six months. This hardworking mentality has carried the Miami native from being a local South Beach sensation to headlining some of the most prominent venues in the U.S.
His latest release “Alright”, showcases his ability to produce unique, club thumping electro that all house music fans love.
WRR was able to catch up with Henrix recently, where we discussed his musical mentors, the adventures of being a native Miami DJ, and much more in this exclusive interview.
Your portfolio shows that you’ve had the chance to work with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced artists in all of house music. Who are some of the biggest influences who have assisted in your career growth?
I think Laidback Luke & Steve Angello are probably the ones who’ve helped me the most along the way. Luke is like a mentor to me, and always helps me as much as he can. He’s like that with a lot of people. he’s truly a good well hearted person.
As a Miami native, you’ve had a chance to witness the evolution of WMC & Miami Music Week over the last few years. What’s your take on your experience in 2015 compared to six or seven years ago? Is there any downside to the explosion in popularity?
Its become way more commercialized because of how rapidly dance music has grown. Before there wasn’t this boom of tracks on the radio as there is now, it was somewhat underground. I don’t mind it being commercialized honestly. That means it’ll bring more people to our scene and they’ll have the opportunity to discover all the sub genres that are in Dance Music.
My shows in Vegas at Light are usually very exciting for me. It’s always so good and have a great turn out. I’m also looking forward to L.A. on April 25th at Avalon. I’m headlining it for the first time so I’m really pumped for that one. Love that club!
When you’re developing tracks, what is your creative thought process? Are there any particular “triggers” that spark influence and get you on a roll in the studio?
Hmmm it depends on the mood I am in honestly. Sometimes I’ll listen to something completely different and get inspired by that, sometimes I’m just in the mood for something that I heard in the radio so I vibe off that. It’s never one thing for me.
How would you say your method of producing music and promoting your sound/brand differs from other DJ’s? Is there any certain type of person or audience you’d say you’re trying to reach?
I used to make music for a certain audience, I guess you can say the 128 BPM crowd. But nowadays I make whatever I want to be honest. Whatever I’m feeling at that moment, I gotta please myself too, you know. I love all genres of music and can appreciate everything. So if I really feel like making it, I’ll do it.
Oh man I’m not sure haha. I’m a business man first so probably something along the lines of real estate which is something I do now anyways. I invest a lot so probably something along those lines.
We hear that you’re a big Miami sports fan. Have you had any run-ins with LeBron or any other Miami athletes during your shows in Miami?
Haha I am! Not at my shows but I’ve seen some here in Miami. I’ve seen Shaq when he used to play here at his house. I was riding a Jet-Ski and passed in front of his house not knowing it was his house on the bay, and he was in his back yard with his daughter and have seen him riding around South Beach.
You’ve certainly been grinding lately — in the last six months you’ve had over a dozen releases. What are your plans for releases throughout the next few months and festival season?
To keep releasing! I had a slow year last year on releases as I was holding a lot of music back but this year I’m going full force. Took some time off touring to focus on music as I toured 7-8 months straight last year. You’ve seen a lot of new music as there’s a lot of new material I’ve been working on and also older stuff i finished last year, so the releases have been back to back.
Big thanks to Henrix for taking the time to speak with us and we wish him the best in 2015.