We were fortunate catch up with Mr Clive Henry briefly for an exclusive even though he has been working solid with local and international gigs including his gig at the Circo Loco opening at DC10, Ibiza Spain last Monday.
1. How did you get into DJing and what was your first ever gig like?
I’ve been buying records for years (and some so called friend borrowed a load from me and never came back with them. He totally disappeared but that’s another story)
So it was just a natural progression.
Ended up playing b2b with a mate Matty in a wine bar in Hayes Town called Keats.
Rough old joint but sort of helped in getting used to playing to tough crowds lol.
From that and going raving, Rocky from Xpress2 and I just put on our own parties and it just snowballed from there.
2. Who would you like to collaborate with in future and why?
Radiohead (They are one of my favourite bands and they are always trying to push new vibes and evolving)
Juan Atkins(He started the whole Electro/Futurism movement),Jamie Jones(as the Ability track me and Alex Arnout did with him did pretty well).
There’s quite a few tbh..I’ve also started a new project with Alex Jann and going back in to get the EP completed once I’m back in London.
3. What advise do you have for upcoming DJs who aspire to you?
Be yourself musically, try not to get influenced by musical trends (which can be difficult if something blows your mind)
Be humble which for me is imperative, and enjoy yourself because it’s one roller coaster of a career that’s for sure!
Clive is one of the UK’s longest standing flag-wavers for underground house music having been an original member of the West London house mafia, one half of the genre-defining tech house outfit Peace Division and resident at the world’s most musically influential nightclub DC10. Clive started his long musical journey way back in the mid-eighties when he was working after school to earn money to feed his vinyl addiction. He caught the DJing bug going to local hip hop jams in West London and listening to early electro/hip hop on pirate radio. It was all about to change however, when in 1988 he was introduced to London’s early acid house scene by Rocky and Diesel from Xpress 2. They took him to the seminal Spectrum and Shoom clubs which proved highly instrumental in shaping Clive’s musical future.
Not long after, Clive and Rocky started running their own successful nights in the emerging West London party scene called Bone and Gosh with guests like David Holmes, Andrew Weatherall and Ashley Beedle. It wasn’t long before Clive started playing at his own events, which in turn lead to bookings at other clubs, first in London and then across the UK. In 1998 he founded the iconic tech house label Low Pressings with fellow surburbanite Justin Drake who went on to become his production partner in Peave Division.
During this period Clive relocated to Ibiza every summer and in 2000 on after a night out at Space with fellow DJ Lottie they stumbled across the now legendary Circo Loco afterparty held at DC10 on Monday mornings. Back then DC10 was more like a social club for DJs, promoters and their friends and it wasn’t long before Clive was a regular feature at the club. He hasn’t looked back. During the last decade Clive has established himself as the British backbone of the club laying down his trademark brand of deep no-nonsense house music week in week out having being invited to join DC10 stellar roster of residents back in 2004.
Clive’s residency at DC10 brought him into contact with Crosstown Rebels frontman Damian Lazarus who quickly brought Clive into the Crosstown family.
With the re-opening of DC10 this summer after its year ban, 2010 promises to be an eventful one for Clive with his solo production path beginning to take shape and collaborations in the pipeline with good friends Jamie Jones and Dyed Soundorom. In addition, his new Rebel Rave mix compilation for Crosstown Rebels will be hitting the stores this August.
You can catch Clive regularly at Circo Loco in Ibiza, MuMu in Liverpool, Kubicle in London, Droog in LA and at Crosstown Rebels events worldwide.
Clive Henry Circo Loco Opening 2017 Garden
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