Henry Skillz / Host/DJ
Your road isn’t laid out before you. You carve it…
Henry Skillz embodies this energy both in the spotlight and behind the scenes.
His passion for the Hip Hop industry and pioneering both locally and internationally radiates through his personal as well as his professional presence.
As an artist, Henry Skillz is a pivotal figure in the Australian and international Hip Hop scene. Among his impacting career highlights, Skillz hosted and managed the 2010 Bone Thugs N Harmony Melbourne appearances. Earning the respect of industry legends Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony, who entrusted Skillz with the great honour of being their ‘Official Australian Tour DJ.’
Henry Skillz’s impact on Australia’s print in the Hip Hop industry resonates both behind the scenes and in the spotlight. He was the lifeblood that kept Melbourne’s end of 2012’s iconic Heatwave Festival alive against the odds of technical difficulties and pivotal artists being MIA.
In 2014 Skillz continued to climb to new heights. His uncanny and raw talent mixed with an uncompromising hard work ethic saw Skillz touring with DJ Rectangle, Mac Miller and Snoop Dogg. 2015 didn’t miss a beat for Henry as he hosted Nelly, B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco at Melbourne’s iconic Myer Music bowl to a phenomenal twenty thousand people.
Among his many and varied achievements, Henry Skillz is DJ to Sony Recording Artist and Neighbours TV Star Bonnie Anderson.
Skillz isn’t just about the names in lights, though. He also mentors up and coming music protégés such as Drank Water, DJ Lowani & Emkew.
Artist and event management was a natural step in the growth of the Henry Skillz’ brand within the Australian entertainment scene. Working with industry guru Ralph Carr of RCM in 2018, Henry Skillz managed many high profile tours, including Hollywood royalty Charlie Sheen.
Record label Holla Back Entertainment was born in 2010 from Henry’s vision to create a platform that takes in the entire spectrum of the urban music scene, from industry vets to fresh talent. Although Holla Back has a distinctly urban vibe, it is not latched solely to a specific music scene, representing and supporting a variety of artists across House, R&B and Rock genres, as well as its Hip Hop roots. Representing exciting new talent such as Drank Water, Henry Skillz has set the pace for a new era in the Australian urban music industry to flourish.
Henry’s passion for the urban music scene has no limit. From some balmy Summer nights at St Kilda’s White Bar where inspiration planted her seeds, a collective project between Holla Back Entertainment and friends grew. Starting life as a club night, Henry Skillz’ collaborative venture Ice Cream Sundays has grown into an internationally broadcasted radio show, showcasing fresh Hip Hop talent. Allowing people to connect with the show digitally, Ice Cream Sundays is available online through Energy Groove Radio.
Henry felt a calling to revolutionise the clothing industry in Australia further and extend our global fashion print. Skillz’ brainchild Spacely Clothing represents everything he stands for in life – equality, harmony and the opportunity to be unapologetically authentic. In this industry jump, Henry has realised that high quality and cutting-edge design can be the platform for self-expression and freedom. Spacely Clothing also represents the spirit of giving back to the community through the orchestration of local fundraisings, such as the 2020 Bushfire Relief after the decimation of many areas of Australia.
As well as being a visionary for the Australian entertainment and fashion industries, Henry Skillz is a man for the people. His tenacity to succeed goes hand in hand with his uncompromising push towards perfection, often extending beyond himself. He is in this life to inspire and elevate, not only through example but with his eye for greatness as he lifts others to succeed in their art.