Sunshine and Volcanoes: Henry Saiz
Henry Saiz will soon release his debut artist album “Those Who Are Not Strong Enough to Confront Their Dreams”. Fusing a concept of inclusive fan participation with a production process purposely distanced from metropolis. With a host of interesting influences behind his latest release, news that he may give away his fabled early electronic work and news of a live show in the the works it was an exciting time to catch up with the enigmatic Spaniard ahead of his set at Electronic Sessions 7th Birthday party.
You’ve been in the business for some time now. Are you still enjoying making music and being part of the scenes you’re involved with?
Yes of course, music making is like a need for me besides my daily job, I’m sure i will keep this passion all my life. About the scene? Well, there are good and bad things as in every profession, i just try to work with nice people and friends as much as I can.
You’ve been putting together your latest album out in Lanzarote. What has your recording set up been looking like? More importantly did the surroundings help the process as you’d hoped? Has anything out there, in particular, infiltrated into the music?
I couldn’t move to Lanzarote but I spent lot of time there, it´s one of my favourite places in the world and definitely the best environment I’ve found for music making. In my case the surroundings are 75% when doing music, for some reason it really affects me. And yes, I think a lot of it ended up being part of the album.
Have you spent extended periods alone with the volcanoes?
Yes, I love the energy they emit, is not magic or new age shit, it really has something special which I’m sure can be explained with physics. Every time I visit Timanfalla with friends we all feel exhausted, like the energy there moved something inside of us, something very physical, and it´s just a comfortable one hour trip by bus! 🙂
Did you take the geographical isolation as an opportunity to keep musically isolated too or have you still been listening to music? Is there anything particular which has caught your ear recently?
I always listen to music, very different styles, while I make the album but definitely less as I’m listening to my music most of the time during the process.
Lot of stuff, I just did a “best of 2012” special of my radio show The Labyrinth and I couldn’t do something below 4 hours long, which means 2012 was a great year for music! Some of my last musical highlights are:
Beach House “Bloom”
Vessel “Order of Noise”
Crystal Castles “III”
Scratch Massive “Nuit de Revè”
Umberto “Confrontations” and many many others…
How did you spend your time when not working?
I don´t know what´s that? Sorry haha I try to spend time with the people I love (and my cats) read, watch TV series and films, and specially enjoying nature.
Has the public sample library been a success? Have any of the submissions surprised you? Has having this alien element changed the way you work?
Yes totally, I got almost one thousand samples which considering it was a quite low profile campaign mostly focussed on Facebook it´s great. A few of the submissions really became the main element to work around in the track, which was part of the plan and I enjoyed so much as it´s like a gift from the fan to the artist that goes back to them again, it´s a beautiful way of music collaboration in this times.
Almost a year ago, in the infancy of the project you were talking about creating a tribal/primitive feel. What can people expect from the album?
Now that it´s done I fell like I could talk for hours about the album and the concept behind every track, but I prefer to give more info during the next months, the feedback of the closer friends that have listened to it are amazing, I really hope the audience likes it as much as they do. I guess the expectations are very diverse, I’m very happy with it to be honest, specially due to the fact that sounds very original and special to me, I don´t think I have listened to an album like this one ever, and that was one of the goals I wanted to achieve, something that sounds personal and unique, that means a lot for me nowadays and I hope people agree.
Have you started assembling a live show to tour? Do you usually see any changes in the music as you get ready to play it to crowds. Have you got any dates booked you are particularly looking forward to?
Yes, I’m in the middle of that actually, doing the rehearsals with my session musician and singer/video dj. We are really looking forward to the first gig of the tour at Ultra Festival Miami.
After this fairly ambitious project, have you got anything else in the pipeline wither similar or completely different?
Yeah lot of things! But I will focus the attention on the album now…
You are booked on the underground scene across Europe and beyond. Is there anywhere over the last 12 months you have played that really stood out?
Many places to be honest, I could mention some of the highlights for me last year like a party in an amazing church in Liverpool, Creamfields Buenos Aires & Peru, Time & Space Cancun or The Ivy in Sydney to name a few.
Is there any news on whether your infamous early experimental work might get a release any time soon?
Not yet, I have so much new stuff that needs to be released as myself, my band Tyrane or my aka Hal Incandenza. but will probably give it for free someday.
Those London based of our reader can catch Henry Saturday 9 March at Brixton Jam for the Electronic Sessions’ 7th Birthday.
To buy tickets for this event please visit the events page: ElectronicSessions 7th Birthday, Henry Saiz, Jeremy Olander, Isaac Tichauer, Cosmonauts tickets from Skiddle.