INTERVIEW: Henry Hacking

UK-based house music originator, Henry Hacking, has had an impressive 2019 so far. As well as internationally touring and playing shows in Thailand, Singapore and Ibiza among others, Henry has also had a solid year behind the mixing desk. Releases on Pukka Up Records, Vicious Recordings and Tiger records have kept Henry on the map with both commercial and underground dance hits over the last 12 months, along with allowing him to work with artists like ATFC, Inaya Day, David Penn and more. 

Following the release of his latest single ‘Just Fine’, we caught up with him to talk about all things, Henry Hacking.

Hi Henry, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Extremely well thank you, although recently crashed my bike so if you asked my elbow, he’d have a different answer 😉

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Just Fine”?

Bass fuelled, piano houser, designed to make you feel ‘Just Fine’! I’m thrilled to have signed it to ‘Pukka Up Records’ who also released my very well-received track ‘Roller’. The initial response has been great, so fingers crossed it continues!

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

I’m not sure ‘events’ as such inspired it or any music I’m releasing, rather influence from the late 90s and early 2000s’ music scene. That was the era I adored, so for me, releasing records that have similar sounds, but with a fresh spin, is what it’s all about.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Hahaha, I’ll push the record label to make it happen!! Would you like to be in it?

How was the recording and writing process?

With all my music, the piano is a huge component. I grew up playing it and think it’s one of the happiest components to any dance track. It lifts you, brings a smile to your face and is perfect for a sunny day. Having a good piano riff makes the process to completion much easier!

What role does the UK play in your music?

Currently the music scene is awash with incredible UK talent, however, I don’t think the UK has had a major role in my music releases over the past 18 months. For example, my last three releases have all been signed to Australia label ‘Vicious Recordings’. Plus 3 previous releases were on a German and Swiss label. With that said ‘Just Fine’ is signed through UK label ‘Pukka Up Records’ who also did a great job with the release of ‘Roller’. The world is so well connected these days, it’s more about finding a label that you trust to deliver your product to market in the best possible way.

Do you tend to take a different approach when remixing someone else rather than working on your own original work?

The same approach – if you love an idea, regardless of your track or a remix, you aim to produce a result you are 100% happy with.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It does indeed…. 3 new releases already in the pipeline and I can’t wait to share them!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

My next single is called ‘New Love’, again oozing piano and with an incredibly talented female vocalist. Full details just round the corner 😉

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re just wrapping up some new Asia tour dates, plus back to Ministry of Sound, London – date announcements again, coming very soon.

What else is happening next in Henry Hacking’s world?

Honestly, it’s full focus on the music releases right now – momentum is gathering so you really can’t take your finger off the pulse! Although a friends’ wedding in Tuscany at the end of September will be a much needed few days off 😉

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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