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If there is an artist par excellence who is responsible for making 2012 one of the brightest in Electronic dance music…not much thinking required. There is no doubt in my musical mind that the trophy deservedly goes to the Dj/ Producer making me heave and bump to mellifluous tunes is the one and only Henry; the monster Saiz performer is unquestionably the genius of our times.

The ‘Uncharted’ path Saiz travels on, is full of unfailing musicality and mesmerizing sound scapes that I’m privileged to behold. Dancemunkey is joyous at the opportunity given to explore the mind of the ground breaking performer hailing from Spain, after the conclusion of his successful India tour.  Without further ado, I give it over to Henry in a chat that’ll hopefully get you one step closer to the man who made me mush with the effervescent remix of  ‘Lamur’ by Guy J not so long ago, cause since then there’s no looking back.

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DM– Henry, first time in India. Looking forward to this uncharted territory?

HS- Yes indeed! Been waiting for a long time for this tour.

DM– Resident Advisor top 100 DJs list, and you’ve won in three categories in the DJ Mag Spain awards, Best Live Act, Best Record Label (Natura Sonoris) and Best Compilation (Balance 019). Did you ever imagine such recognition and adulation of your fans and followers?

HS- Well, all these awards are nice because they show how people and media support your work but I don´t really care about it when doing music, its good promotion and a nice way for people to show support so it´s always welcome anyway!

DM– Natura Sonoris (Nature of Sound) your own label; are you happy with the direction it is going towards?

HS- So happy, my own album is coming out on Natura so that means how confident I am about the label´s present and future. The label is definitely growing, the sound becoming more and more special and we have many exciting releases in the pipeline for 2013.

DM– You Sir have been making big waves in the Electronic dance music scene for some time now. Did you always know you wanted to be a music producer and Dj?

HS- Well, when I started being more confident about my sound, I of course thought on the possibility but when I started doing electronic music my only aim was to do something that I liked. For me music making is a passion and a need, so I did not have a higher motivation than just to express myself. After doing this professionally for some years I think that´s the right approach to music, if you start doing this only because you want to be famous and stuff like that you´re gonna get obsessed and probably your music will be just be a tool for you to stay up there in the game, not honest artistic expression.

DM– Having a renowned podcast ‘The Labyrinth’, one can see it’s close to your heart; your thoughts on what makes it special?

HS- I guess it´s the freedom. I created the show because I wanted to show people all the music that I love and which I can´t play in a club for obvious reasons. Besides it gives me the chance to use it as a showcase for talented producers and djs that I know. I love to do it and I’m so glad that it got so many followers.

DM– Did you already have any impressions about India & sLick?

HS- Well I know about the typical things, it´s my first time here so I’m not an expert. As an occidental I find very interesting all the Hinduism and the Indian philosophy. I’m not a religious person at all but I find amazing all the traditions and the religion in India how it affects people´s way to see the world. About sLick I know they do the best underground parties in India so I’m happy to work with them 😉

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DM– Ever happened that you are in the same room as John Digweed & Guy J…if yes would you describe it as a fun gathering?

HS- That´s strange actually but I don´t remember the three of us in the same room, I don´t think we played together at the same party yet..There you have a good suggestion for promoters!

DM– Which is your favorite cuisine?

HS- It would be kind to say Indian, but spicy food is not for me I’m afraid, it´s Japanese food. Actually probably the best Japanese food I ever had wasn’t in Japan but in New Delhi at the Japanese restaurant in Taj Mahal hotel. Strongly recommended.

DM– What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?

HS- I drink Coffee while checking emails. The first 4 hours of my day are like office work. I talk to my manager, reply to emails, that sort of stuff. I’m not 100% ready to face any kind of creative process when I wake up, need at least 4 or 5 hours and then I go to the studio where I’d probably be all day and night long.

DM– A musical gadget you want to own?

HS- Many… maybe a huge Gothic Pipe organ or of course any kind of vintage synth.

DM- Not many people know that you are a sound designer for Films & TV; how did that come about?

HS- I’m not doing it anymore, just a few selected works but yeah I worked doing music and sound design for TV some years. Worked in productions for Disney, Nickelodeon, etc. I wanted to live doing music and this was a good opportunity, wasn’t easy to get to that point but it happened that I had to choose between that or my own artistic career at some point, and I decided to focus on my career and do this just for special projects.

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DM– A tune that you are especially proud of?

HS- Mmm…I’m quite proud of the whole track list of my upcoming album.

DM– What would you say is the Henry Saiz signature sound?

HS- Hard to say, I guess it´s quite recognizable the dirty analog sound, the use of the compression and background noises and of course my kind of melodies, now I’m using more and more vocals so the way I process the fx on them maybe it´s a signature I don´t know. It´s hard to see yourself from outside you know.

DM– If you weren’t a Dj, any next best profession you’d choose to be at?

HS- I always wanted to study Psychology. I love video creation as well. Don´t know, it gets weird to imagine myself doing anything different than music making now.

DM– What’s the rest of 2012 looking like, gigs and productions wise?

HS- I just got back from Creamfields, Buenos Aires and Creamfields, Lima. It was truly amazing. I have to finish my album as soon as I can. I need a lot of time in the studio but for example, in December I´ll be out touring in Australia and Mexico almost the whole month. So be busy as usual.

DM- Can you describe yourself in five words.

HS- Sorry but I can´t do that, the risk of looking pathetic or egocentric are too high haha!

DM– Having received such critical acclaim in your musical career, is there anything still to achieve?

HS- Of course, there´s always something more to achieve. The next step for me is my album and show people my real musical soul and personality outside of the club music. That and the tour for the album which will be quite different from my Dj shows, a proper Live one. Can´t wait for this, 2013 is going to be so exciting.

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The story of a man who is a master of celestial tunes and fabulous Dj sets. His style is other worldly and carries luscious dimensions the only way he can. Electronic music is being re-defined as we dance along to higher highs, the Saiz matters way…

I for one can’t wait for him to get to India again,  just so that the many of you who missed his shows here in 2012 can get your ears on to the Saiz mixology that which he does in such cutting edge manner; it leaves your mind boggled. For those who don’t know, the tour was put together by sLick! The one man show- you know who you are 🙂 does no wrong in bringing quality underground sounds that make for top notch clubbing nights in India.

On to the goodie bag section- feel the magic of Henry Saiz in the guest mix put together for John Digweed’s highly influential Transitions radio show in the link below-

Henry Saiz Guest mix for Transitions 2012

See you on the other side of delicious December munkeys!! 😀

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Hello Lovelies,

We are on the threshold of a spanking New Year and what a cracker of all parties to end it with.

It has been my mission for many years now to search out that beastly fun, where one loses oneself to the music, melodies and a Dj who can make one dance like there’s no tomorrow. The genius in question did it for me as way back as 2006 at Smirnoff Experience and it took many of us 5 years to come a full circle. Little did I know that it would be him alone who can bust my every move and how. I found my perfect party with the mother of all Djs this year…meet the devilishly delicious Mr. John Digweed once again! Blue Frog blew the roof off with this double whammy of hosting the legend. It was unfortunate that the Blue Frog in Delhi was not ready in time to release the man there, but turns out we in Mumbai gained it all.

Firstly, it is very hard for any one of us who were there to really describe what the master played and how he so seamlessly put it all together with back to back nights of true clubbing bliss, but allow me to try.

All clubbers present were excited days in advance and went through sleepless nights of excitement to make it for the Bedrock god. Both nights turned out to be gems as it were.

Before I go on, I was a tad disappointed seeing the turn out for this event lower than expected, but that was hardly a determining factor of the musical freight train both nights turned out to be.

The electric feel at Blue Frog was unmistakable and the class of John Digweed performing like the goliath he is more than made up for the absence of many so called music lovers who are forever complaining about the lack of Djs with cutting edge intelligent sounds coming to India to perform, and when one does, a lot of them don’t show up for it. Not really complaining more space for making my monkey moves alright.

Me munkies were delirious at the fact that Diggers appeared two nights in a row, signature opening acts by the ‘Beast from the East’- Sanjay Dutta & console boy wonder-Ankytrixx both of whom more than did justice with their warm up sets full of gorgeous sexy bass lines , that set the tone for the mayhem and magic followed up by the biggie.

John put on a wily display the first night; at once atmospheric and thought provoking with I want to know where these break downs are going kind of foxiness in his tracks selection at which we responded like buds to warmth. He is not only futuristic but played out his set with such murderous calm that we succumbed in mushy bundles of pudding pie. At the end of the night we were unashamedly magnificent in our stomp. We screamed like banshees for more, but later at the exit he did tell me to hold on for Part 2.

The following night smasher, Digweed turned us in to curve balls with a set full of glorious music, abundantly driving us with dance allure. He came in to his own and so did we. Diggers second set isolated and spoilt us with warm grittiness, melodies that’d drop at the exact moment that you think you are going down the rabbit hole billowing out from the speakers. All in all, productions from the might of Nick Muir, Guy J, Henry Saiz, Christian Smith and Bedrock were in splendid showcase to name some. We munkies prepared for it, danced like somewhat possessed and with enthusiasm fit enough to drive Napoleon’s army faster during its retreat from Moscow back in the day.

John Digweed is magnificent and leaves an imprint like no other. I am a victim of his blistering aural assault and I do recall that I had my paws waving at the UK based producer the whole time, but he would have none of it. Sigh!! I was as good as if I owned a dinosaur, by then.

John Digweed not only rocks the scene with taking Bedrock to places few people dream of, his sets are extra-ordinary and to have a mind of an extra-terrestrial, beats it all hollow. He is unforgettable and so were the nights at Blue Frog, it will be etched in all our memories forever!!

I am lock, stock and barrel off to the beaches of Candolim to check out some feisty names in electronic dance music. See you on the sands of Sunburn.

Have a cheery one, until then dance heads!!

Leaving everyone a track that curates my brain from the Diggers back yard no matter how many times I listen to it…

Check it here- Beautiful Strange