INTERVIEW: Henrik B (2013)

You can’t turn on BPM without hearing “Echoes” – the gorgeous stadium house version of the Police classic by Henrik B, Niklas Gustavsson, and Peter Johansson.? Hmm, a trio of Swedish dance music producers, that sounds vaguely familiar…? What might not be familiar is that Henrik got his start in the techno world before moving into progressive electro and house – along the way remixing classic anthems like “Chime” and “Can’t Get Enough.”? With support from Eric Prydz (who signed Henrik’s music to his label) and Avicii (who helped get him signed to At Night management), he is a rising talent worth keeping an eye on.? His Twitter feed is also worth following as he is quite colorful and never afraid to speak his mind.?? When we recently spoke at the Promo Only Summer Sessions, his personality definitely came through, and the conversation involved many of his loves outside the music world – espresso, burgers, and more…

DJ Ron Slomowicz: Congratulations, every time I turn on BPM I hear ?Echoes,? what inspired you to remake The Police song?
Henrik B: That?s a tough one; I actually heard the vocal as an a cappella and not the original song. My friends played it to me and I knew I had to do something with it. They sent it to me and we decided to make ?Echoes.? As I mentioned before, I had never heard the original, so I wasn?t really inspired by The Police, I just liked the a cappella of Sting.?
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SONG OF THE DAY: Henrik B, Niklas Gustavsson, Peter Johansson – “Echoes”

There’s a famous quote that says simplicity is the hallmark of great design.? While I can’t find who originally said that, I can use it to describe the brilliant track “Echoes.”? Take the classic vocals of Sting singing “Voices Inside My Head” and build a gorgeous stadium house track around it.? That’s exactly what the Swedish trio of Henrik B, Niklas Gustavsson, and Peter Johansson did.?? It’s simple by design and superior in execution, so there’s not much more that needs to be said about it.? Aside, of course, from “check out the video and buy the download to play in your mp3 player.”? DJs will probably stick to the original mix, but the harder mixes by WeSmile and Merk Kremont are quite good.? Spencer Brown’s piano house/indie hybrid remix is kind of leftfield, but worth a spin for those who like their tracks on the quirky tip.

Image Courtesy of Astralwerks.

SONG OF THE DAY: Carlos Gallardo & Peyton – “Desert Rose”

with Sting’s blue-eyed soulful voice. Spanish producer Carlos Gallardo enlists the massive vocal talents of Peyton for this classy and modern update. Blending electro and tribal beats, the track is big room friendly -you can totally imagine clubbers singing along to the “yele yele” chants. Peyton sounds amazing, as always, which comes as no surprise as he embraces the feel of Sting’s original performance and enhances with his gospel-like emotional execution. The video, filmed in a desert, is definitely inspired by the original, though I wonder where they found a power source to plug Carlos’ DJ gear into. It makes you wonder, just like if a tree falling in the forest makes a sound, does a DJ spinning in the desert get bottle service?

Image Courtesy of Blanco Y Negro.