Updating Celeda’s “Underground” was a perfect signature for Henrix. Working on his production and spinning clubs in Miami, he has spent a long time perfecting his craft. His collaboration with Digital Lab, “Hit It,” was the breakthrough that caught everyone’s attention. With releases on credible labels like Size, CR2, and Arkade, Henrix is one to watch as he rises from the underground.
RS: Congratulations on the success of “Again” and getting it signed to Laidback Luke’s MixMash label.
Henrix: Thank you. It has more of a vocal radio vibe with the vocals of Zashanell. I did that collab with the Polish producer Bream.
RS: When you make a track like that do you do the track first and then give it to Zashanell?
Henrix: Yes, Bream sent me an idea and I liked it so we went back and forth through skype and then after that was done I got Zashanell in the studio and we recorded and it went from there.
RS: You have a record with Steve Angello as well.
Henrix: Yes, I have a record on Size that has actually been done for a while now. Steve has been holding off on it but hopefully we get to release it soon.
RS: It seems like you are at the tipping point where everyone is really taking notice of you, why do you think that is?
Henrix: I am not sure; I have been here for a while. I did “Hit It” with GTA and Digital Lab on Size two years ago and there were constant releases. Last year I kind of slowed down a little bit because I toured for eight months straight and I didn’t have time for the studio. I took some time off at the end of the year to focus on music because at the end of that day that is what matters. Now I have just been sending music out and we have had around five releases in the last 2-3 months and sometimes two in one month so I have a lot of support which helps.
RS: I loved your update of Celeda's "The Underground.” How did that record come into your life?
Henrix: I started DJing in the after-hours scene about eight years ago in the Miami underground, Space and Nocturnal which is not even open anymore. I used to do the marathon sets for eight hours and it was a huge record back then and it was one of my favorites. When Peter Rauhofer from Star 69 died , he passed on all of the records to my manager Nima Nasseri and we had the vocal there. We hit up Celeda and she was down for it. I started making it and sent it out to Steve Angello and he tried it out and helped me in the process and gave me tips. He loved it and played it on BBC Radio and then a few other people did and a few months later we released it on Cr2. We have some remixes coming up, one from Sevag and one of David Tort and Digital Lab.
RS: That is sick. Living here in Miami, is there a definitive Miami sound?
Henrix: I don’t want to say that there is a definitive sound because a few years back it was more of an underground scene and it started gradually changing. Now there is the trap world and the more commercial progressive and still the underground so I don’t think that there is one sound of Miami. It is a good thing and it has inspired me since there are so many different cultures here with the Latin culture and European and American culture. You can really vibe off so many different genres of music and then create a certain sound. I don’t have a particular sound and I am doing so many different types of records right now. I am working on one that I am really excited about; it is an old school funk record with a Jackson 5 type of feel. It is with an amazing Latin singer Ricky C and he really killed the chorus and also Shawn Elliot who is a really talented rapper that no one really knows about. It is just an amazing record; I can’t wait to finish it.
RS: You play in Las Vegas and Miami a lot. How are the crowds different?
Henrix: There are similarities and there are also differences, it depends on what club you play. Vegas is pretty much the same in certain aspects because they play a lot of the commercial music. I love that because I am a big hip-hop fan and I like old school stuff so I can try different things out in Vegas. I can do that in certain clubs in Miami like at LIV and Story but I feel that Miami is a little bit more educated. Certain things that work in Vegas might not work in Miami. At Space I would never play something that I would play in a Vegas club because it has more of an underground feeling which is my roots, it just varies.
RS: I see you going for more hits on Snapchat, what is up with that?
Henrix: I just got into it but I think that I got into it a little late. I have actually been snapchatting a bunch of stuff and kind of getting everyone to come in and see what is going on. Hopefully I get to build it more; I think that I got into it a little late. Maybe I should start these apps sooner; they come so quick, there is always a new one.
RS: I hear that Friendster is big.
Henrix: Yeah I haven’t got into that; I hear that there is a new one called Meerkat!
RS: If you could remix any Beyoncé song which one would you want to remix?
Henrix: The one with Jay-Z -“Me and My Girlfriend?
RS: You mentioned that you were on the road for eight months straight, when you do that how do you keep up with your health? What is your secret?
Henrix: In the beginning I didn’t have one which was a major issue when I first started touring. It was hard for me because I was so excited about starting a tour and drinking a lot but you get to a point that you realize you can’t really do that anymore. Nowadays I try to pace myself and if I drink, I just drink one day a week instead of every show. I try to get some sleep and try not to schedule my flights too early because I think that sleep is so important. I try to find some healthy food along the way and that helps. In the beginning I actually gained some weight because of that, I couldn’t figure all that out but after a while you get used to it.
RS: At the end of a gig which hurts more - your ears from the loud music or your eyes from all the camera flashes?
Henrix: Definitely the ears, I have a bit of a problem with having my monitors a little too loud. I just like to feel it in the club. I like the booth to feel like I am outside but sometimes I have ringing in my ears. Starting this week I need to get my earplugs, my ears are important.
RS: I agree with you, you make such great music and you need your ears to do that.
Henrix: Thank you, I appreciate that.
RS: If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what would you say to yourself as advice?
Henrix: I wish that I would have started a little earlier on my career and had more time to perfect my craft. I started at 21 because I partied a lot after I turned 18 and slacked a little bit.
RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Henrix: Thank you guys for the support and thank you to all of the people that supported me even when I still used my real name Pedro Henriques. A lot of people have come up to me at WMC and told me that they have been supporting me for years now, even before I put out “Hit It” and started touring. That means a lot knowing that I have had fans since back then.
Interview conducted during WMC 2015.