Brian Henry’s life is lit. For the last few years, Henry’s pursued and perfected an occupation that many try — and fail — to make their own: Brian Henry is a DJ. Known professionally as DJ B-Hen, the 33-year old Los Angeles native built momentum over the years and has emerged as one of the nation’s most promising young DJs.
Henry’s clients have ranged from nightclubs to talk shows to luxury booze brands, and he’s performed for a roster of celebrities that include the former first lady. But what goes into the business of partying? For B-Hen, it’s all about owning a custom lighting setup that gives him sway over both his live show and household.
Enter: Philips Hue, a revolutionary Smart Lighting setup that gives B-Hen the control he seeks, as well as a multitude of drool-worthy extra features. With someone who cares so deeply about aesthetics, it’s no wonder that this Los Angeles DJ has eagerly embraced the lighting options of Hue. He’s found ways to incorporate it on the road, before bed, and everywhere in between — here’s how he does it.
B-Hen is busy. He sleeps only four hours (or less) a night. So, when he’s up, he is up — not only putting on his own shows, but going to the gigs of colleagues to show his support. When B-Hen is on stage, he’s got to find ways to ensure he remains the focal point of the audience.
“I’ve become an addict in the lighting space,” says B-Hen, who’s long since incorporated Philips Hue into his act with track lighting below his DJ booth.
B-Hen does more than play music, he plays with lighting. From B-Hen’s point of view, incorporating Hue into his show has been all too easy. He opens the Hue app, drags his finger to the appropriate color on the color wheel and watches the lights follow suit: When the music bumps, the lights bump.
“Being able to adjust the lighting based on the mood that I’m seeking makes a big difference. I love DJing in all different environments, because it provides a challenge for me to really draw the energy.” It turns out there’s more to B-Hen’s statement than meets the eye — lighting really does affect people and good lighting can positively affects your mood and circadian rhythm.
B-Hen loves his apartment — and he’s dedicated some serious time to ensuring the space looks as cool to other people as it does to him.
“It’s all about the look and feel of the home,” continues B-Hen. “As a DJ and entertainer, I not only perform at major venues, but across the country and overseas. I meet a lot of people on the road and love to have them come back to my home and have a great time.”
B-Hen is a tried and true party host, often allowing dozens of people into his home to party, chill, drink, and listen to music. Not only does this give B-Hen the opportunity to flex his DJ skills, but amp up his party hosting game as well.
“When people are over, I always cue up my turntables and mixer,” continues B-Hen. “Then I’ll also have my Philips Hue home lighting system setup to coincide with the music to provide a more robust experience.”
B-Hen is referring to the feature that actually gives users the ability to sync up their lights to their music. Think of it like a concert on a smaller scale — the beats of the songs are matched with the pulses from the lights — a feature that anyone can get their hands on through a variety of third-party apps.
“Man, there’s this one setting where [the lights] go really, really blue — like black-blue — kinda perfect when a date comes over. It’s smoky, it’s dark, it’s sexy.” While B-Hen’s go-to color in the black-blue, there are over 16 million color options to choose from to ensure everyone finds their “sexy color.”
That’s some next-level lighting right there.
When all’s said and done and the guests leave his apartment, B-Hen — and his setup — get ready for bed.
“After a long day, I’m not in the mood to be out and about and I’m not in the mood for bright lights,” he says.
To find a shade that will complement his vibe and ease him into the night, B-Hen mills through the myriad white light options available to choose a color that’ll take him out of DJ mode and into dream land.
For that extra bit of luxury, B-Hen has set up voice command with his Hue — a feature anyone can get with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, or Siri; all it takes is one simple command to turn off every light in his house. Naturally, B-Hen has incorporated this little detail into his routine, making it so that the last thing he has to say before he goes to bed is: “Alexa, turn off my crib.”