Three questions with Light resident DJ Henrix

Henrix plays Light Wednesday night.
Deanna Rilling

You know it’s a new year for Vegas nightlife when residency announcements abound. One lucky lad who’s kept his slot on Light’s talent roster is Miami-based DJ/producer Henrix. He fills us in on his latest tracks.

Was your new song “Light” named after the venue? It was, actually. I had an amazing residency at Light last year, so I decided to do an homage type of thing to them.

“The Underground” features the vocal hook “now let me see you work,” which was also incorporated in a Joe Brunning track famously supported by fellow Light resident Carl Cox. Why revisit that territory? They took it from Celeda herself, a song that she did an original of that came out on Star 69 [Records] many, many years ago. “Now let me see you work” was reused a lot by a lot of DJs, but Carl really brought it so people could really hear it. It’s a classic vocal, and I just wanted to bring it back. I started as an underground artist in the afterhours scene of Miami; I did marathon sets for a while and it was a big vocal in my set for many years.

Do I detect breakbeats in “Reaper?” Yes! Nowadays I’m done with just sticking to one sound of music. Most people say an artist has to have a “certain sound.” I tend to push away from that. I’m making [music with] so many different things: hip-hop, trap, drum ’n’ bass. I’m finishing a song now—I’m waiting for vocals—a real old-school funk and soul track mixed with a little bit of hip-hop and horns from the ’60s. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the dance stuff, that’s my main thing, but I want to do different things, too.

Henrix February 4, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women. Light Nightclub, 702-693-8300.

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