DJ HENRY KNOWLES (New York City & Puerto Rico)
Grammy Nominated Executive Producer
Shares his passion for music around the globe
Known as the world’s top Latin music DJ, with over 30 years experience in the music and entertainment industry.
Henry’s passion for Latin music together with his versatile music library in various music genres (not only Latin music) and ability to read his audience, translates in his work, making this very special disc jockey’s mixing abilities unmatched and respected worldwide.
Most notably known for working in the most famous nightclubs and venues in New York City as far back as the early 1980’s, such as the world-famous Copacabana, which averaged between 2500-4000 people on Tuesday nights.
Henry has appeared as DJ for audiences as large as 25,000 people and has opened massive events for some of the biggest names in Latin music history, such as: Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri, Oscar D’Leon, Marc Anthony, José Feliciano, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Aventura, Elvis Crespo, Gal Costa, Victor Manuel, Jerry Rivera and many others. Henry Knowles, is also recognized for creating and hosting some of NYC’s biggest Latin dance parties featuring live Salsa music, as far back as the start of his career, including the famous “Salsa Mondays” for over 12 years, which was recognized as New York City’s hottest Salsa dance party by Time Out NY. For several years in Latin Quarter nightclub (NYC), Henry was featured weekly mixing for live radio broadcast of Fiesta Con Polito on the most important Latin radio station “La Mega-WSKQ-FM 97.9” which reached millions of listeners. La Mega radio station also featured many of Henry’s mixes during lunchtime show of Paco’s SuperMix.
In the early 1990’s, due to Henry’s popularity in the main NYC nightclubs, a new career as promotional director for some major recording labels such as WEA Latina, BMG US Latin and RMM Records surfaced in Henry’s portfolio. While working with the recording labels, he also had the opportunity to work with DME (David Maldonado Entertainment) artist management & bookings, which represented some big salsa names such as Rubén Blades and Marc Anthony. These road traveling with many artists built personal relationships and much respect for Henry Knowles with major recording artists, DJ’s, television, radio and print media.
In 1994, Henry’s requests for DJ appearances abroad began to take more frequency and is the very first Latin music DJ to appear on a global scale and known for setting higher standards for DJ’s in major Salsa events. He has appeared in over 85 countries and 850 cities, regions & islands throughout the United States, Canada, Caribbean, European Regions, Mediterranean, Middle East, Mexico, Central and South America, and Asia. Knowles has also been recognized worldwide for his work as official DJ, for the very first Salsa congresses held around the world; most notably being the official Bacardi DJ for the Bacardi World Salsa Congress, launched in 1997.
Remixes and compilations by Henry Knowles include: Jose Alberto “El Canario” Remix for Hot Street Salsa Remixes Vol. 1 (1995); The 20th Anniversary of the NY Salsa Festival Double CD Compilation (1996); Conjunto Clásico Remix CD (1998); Bacardi Salsa Congress CD Compilation (2000) & El pregón del chocolate Remix – Issac Delgado (2003)
In 2001, Henry began personally managing and representing Spanish Harlem Orchestra and is given credit for being the first to introduce them to the world. The combination of their great sound and Henry’s hard work helped SHO receive their first Grammy Nomination in 2002, and two Grammy wins in 2004 & 2010. In 2003, began managing and representing the group New Swing Sextet, which Henry also introduced and booked worldwide. In 2009 the CD by New Swing Sextet titled Back on The Streets… Taste of Spanish Harlem Vol. 2, for which Henry Knowles is Executive Producer, was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2013, Henry was the Executive Producer for New Swing Sextet CD Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. Other projects include: Willy Torres Lo que traigo yo (2008) & Hardcore (2011) and At Full Swing (2012).
Henry Knowles worked as official DJ for all movie premieres, held in Toronto, Los Angeles, NYC and Puerto Rico, for the film El Cantante with Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony (2006), fund raisers & corporate events for organizations such as Goya Foods, UNISYS, Bloomberg, Aspira, Cielo Latino, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Roberto Cavalli, Latin Grammys, Latina Magazine, Bacardi and NY Lincoln Center… just to name a few.
Numerous awards and recognitions have been presented to Henry Knowles in the USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Henry has also appeared, been featured and interviewed in countless articles, television, radio, magazines and newspapers worldwide. In October 2015, Henry surprised his long-time dear friend, actress & singer Vanessa Williams during her bridal shower taped and televised for DAVID TUTETRA’S CELEBRATIONS on WETV in the USA.
In 1997, Henry Knowles first appeared in Asia at Shinagawa Intercity Hall-Tokyo, Japan.
Since then he has appeared at an immense amount of venues and events in Australia, Dubai, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea & Turkey… and much more.
In Thailand (where he has been based for past 6 years), Henry is known for his work at popular venues such as;
Above Eleven, Havana Social, Bed Supper Club, Catch Beach Club Phuket, Flamenco @ Emquatier Mall, Ku De Ta, The Club At Koi, Revolution Cocktail, Zense, Ocean Emerald Luxery Yacht-Phuket, Havana Bar Pattaya, Abar @ Marriot Marquis, Sabai Cruise Bangkok, Siam@Siam Sky Bar, amBar, Mexicano and Salsa Bangkok Fiesta for past 14 years.
December 2019, DJ Henry Knowles appeared at the famous Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand with Havana Social.
Appearances in Thailand include many private events in 5 Star luxury hotels such as; Manadarin Oriental Hotel, Shangri La Hotel, Siam Kempinski Hotel, Dusit Thani Hotel, Sheraton Royal Orchid, etc…
Henry Knowles is owner of an entertainment company in Thailand and is constantly booked for private events by organizations such as British Woman’s Group, UN Woman’s Group, Mexican Embassy, Austrian Embassy, Belgium Embassy, US Embassy, Wedding Bliss, Sports Clubs, and many more.
Henry has trained several DJ’s, and eight DJ’s are working currently for his company, which are booked weekly for various venues, such as; nightclubs, sky bars, pool parties and other events.
HENRY KNOWLES CURRENTLY:
*WEDNESDAYS (RESIDENT DJ): ABOVE ELEVEN ROOFTOP BAR & RESTAURANT (BANGKOK, THAILAND)
*THURSDAYS (RESIDENT DJ): FLAMENCO @ EMQUATIER MALL (BANGKOK, THAILAND)
*FRIDAYS (RESIDENT DJ): CAR BAR AT SIAM@SIAM DESIGN HOTEL (PATTAYA, THAILAND)
*SATURDAYS (RESIDENT DJ): HAVANA SOCIAL (BANGKOK, THAILAND)
*SUNDAYS (RESIDENT DJ & HOST): HAVANA BAR AT HOLIDAY INN (PATTAYA, THAILAND)
*MONTREAL SALSA CONVENTION (HEAD DJ): YEARLY IN MAY EVENT SINCE 2004 (MONTREAL, CA)
*CANADA SALSA & BACHATA FESTIVAL: (HEAD DJ): YEARLY EVENT IN OCT SINCE 2010 (TORONTO, CA)
*BANGKOK SALSA FIESTA (HEAD DJ & CO- ORGANIZER): YEARLY EVENT IN NOV SINCE 2004 (BANGKOK,TH)
*FUKUOKA SALSA FESTIVAL (RESIDENT DJ): YEARLY EVENT SINCE 2018 DATES VARY (FUKUOKA, JAPAN)
Henry continues to be privately booked to appear in venues and for events throughout the world.