LA based DJ & producer Clockwork has been causing a storm over the last couple of years - initially through a series of online bootlegs and more recently through his hook up with Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak stable.
His slick, electronic sound, probably best exemplified on the cuts on this year’s ‘Surge EP’ have seen him rock stages from EDC in Vegas to the Mad Decent Block Party.
His new single ‘Blitz’, whic is out now showcases a tougher edge to his sound and demonstrates his versatility as a producer. We thought it was about time we got the lowdown on Dim Mak's youngest ever signing.
Please introduce yourself. Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Henry, I make music under the name Clockwork, and I'm from Los Angeles, California
Describe your sound in five words:
Energy, Power, Melody, Groove, Jungle
How did the hook up with Steve Aoki and Dim Mak come about?
Steve and Dim Mak got a hold of three of my first originals through another Dim Mak artist named Autoerotique. They loved them and proceeded to sign my first EP and the rest was history
Do you plan to follow Steve into the cake throwing game any time soon?
I played quarterback in middle school, but i think I’ll leave the baked goods to Steve
What is your favourite club and city to DJ or party in and why?
I have a bunch of favourite clubs so it's hard to narrow it down, but my top two would be The Light in Las Vegas and Voyeur in San Diego. The Light because their production and sound is like nothing I've ever seen before, and Voyeur because San Diego is always such a special place to play and this was one of the first clubs where I played as the headliner.
Tell us about your new single ‘Blitz’
When I made ‘Blitz’, I wanted to create something with a big, memorable melody, but still has the hard hitting sound that I love to make. It has been going over incredibly well in my sets so I'm excited to finally have it out!
In a short space of time you have amassed a large body of music. Do you have any album plans?
For now I have no album plans, I want to continue to put out singles and EPs because I believe that is the most consumable way to be releasing dance music right now.
You have already worked with Felix Cartal, Wynter Gordon and Benny Benassi. Who would be your next dream collab partner?
Well one of my favourite artists, one who got me into dance music, is Congorock, and we actually have a track coming out together later this month. But a couple other people I would love to work with are Tommy Trash and Hardwell. They both have such an amazing ear for melodies, and are still to incorporate the hard hitting, energetic sections that I love.
Finally, what can we expect from Clockwork in the next twelve months?
Lots of new music!
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