Before he provides a whopping three hours of support form Berlin's own Claptone at this Friday's Masquerade Ball, we caught a few minutes with Henry Saiz
Hola Henry, how’s it going today?
All good here thank you, the sun is shining outside - but Im in the studio snowed under with work though!
Best recollection of your previous Gallery show , when you brought ‘The Labyrinth’ concept to Ministry?
Many good memories as it´s always such a pleasant experience to play in The Box. Crowd is always a highlight, London´s crowd is just perfect - musically well educated, passionate and always ready to party.
Even though not a specific ‘Labyrinth’ showcase this time around, will there be similarities with the musical concept?
I'll do my thing as always, but also I think it’s what people expect from me - always trying to create that journey which is no doubt The Labyrinth´s trademark.
One of your own tracks please, definitely to be played in The Box this Friday?
I’m going to premiere some new tracks for sure, especially excited to try Brassica´s remix of my upcoming track "Secrets.” He did such an amazing job, I think people will love this one.
Software used to produce, any special tools or plugins?
I work mainly with Ableton computer wise, but I use plenty of analog machines. I’m hooked to the new Roland TR-8 and TB-3 and loving to do old school jams with them lately. Also recently discovered the amazing Strymon pedals which I love, anything that allows you to play live while composing/recording the tracks works for me. As it gives that human feeling which I love to give to my songs.
The Gallery celebrated 20 years this month. In your opinion, what has been the key to its longevity?
Many reasons, the venue is part of this key I think - to work with such a classic brand on dance music helps and the venue is just amazing - production, sound, promotion etc. At the end of the day you can fill a room with people, but if you want people to be loyal and keep coming you have to offer them a great musical experience.
What's your favourite type of birthday cake?
One made of marijuana! Only kidding, but anything not very sweet or too bitter would do it!
Finally, use three words to describe your forthcoming set?
Mesmerising. Epic. Groovy.
Henry Saiz will be joining Claptone this Friday 24th April for The Gallery's Masquerade Ball - get your tickets here.
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