Interview: UK Breakout-Star Henry Hacking Share ‘Higher’

Henry Hacking is proving himself to be one of the year’s biggest breakout stars with yet another fresh new single ‘Higher’ feat. Effs that showcases his studio skills and versatile sounds on Vicious Recordings. Arrived exclusively on Beatport and Traxsource on 21st June and worldwide on 28th June, this vocal piano-house number comes with a cool rework from ATFC, Scottish newcomers, Konsin and Melbourne one-to-watch, Luke Vecchio. It lands hot on the heels of Hacking’s last tune on the label, a rework of the massive ‘Nasty Girl’, while his last release ‘Roller’ on Pukka Up Deep is still soundtracking the best dance floors in the world each weekend. ‘Higher’ is a perfect summer anthem in the making and confirms Hacking is in a fine run of form in 2019.

After putting out the aforementioned, plus ‘Get Down’ on Tiger Records already this year, Hacking continues to draw on his many years of playing in the world’s finest clubs, from Ce La Vi in Singapore and Sky Garden in Bali, to Ministry of Sound London and Eden Ibiza. He has picked up fans along the way who appreciate his slick, futuristic and always soulful sound, while DJs like Todd Terry, Huxley, Roger Sanchez and Sam Divine have all dropped his beats in recent months.

The superbly shiny and high impact ‘Higher’ builds on massive piano chords that will get crowds bouncing. Real percussive energy builds and builds before the drums drop proper and drive the whole tune into the stratosphere. The soulful and rousing vocals from Effs (who has worked with Ellie Goulding and Jocelyn Brown and is often referred to as ‘the reincarnation of Luther Vandross’) set the track alight and after another breakdown and big drop, the roof will well and truly be blown off.

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Once again here Henry Hacking has cooked up a stylish house track that will unite dance floors with its fantastic grooves and feel good vocals all finished off with plenty of modern production techniques to really make it pop.

For the release, we had the opportunity to interview Henry about the track, his work and the future, with some exclusives :

Hey Henry, thanks for your time! First of all, can you tell us more about you?

You’re welcome! Hmmm about me… a DJ, husband and father to 2 beautiful girls. I love all styles of music but DJ and produce solely house. I’ve been very lucky to travel extensively around the globe both through the music and with my wife. A Manchester United fan, lover of red wine and epic food !

You’ve made a great impression with the just-out «Higher» feat. Effs. What’s your recipe to cook these treats? Any inspirations?

Piano is the root of my music – I’ve always loved the emotion created by its sound. It brings happiness to house music and ultimately that’s what my productions are all about.

Following your inspirations, any artist you would love to work with ?

As a fan of all sub genres of house music, my admiration is varied…  Claptone, Purple Disco Machine, Fedde Le Grand, Prydz are just a few on a long list!

What can we expect for the rest of the year, do you have some secret plans to share with us?

Haha well I’ve four more singles planned for release hopefully before the year is out – one of which is called ‘New Love’ and really is quite special. Tour wise, next stops are 20th July at Sugar Club in Estonia and on 26th July in Bali where I’ll play a brand new venue.

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Quick bonus-question, what makes a good party for Henry Hacking?

You can be in the best club with the best visuals and pyrotechnics – but without a good crowd it’s all irrelevant. A good party is made by the clubbers, they are the essential ingredient for any memorable party!

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