Enrique Mancía was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in 1990. The youngest of five siblings, he grew up in a humble family nurtured by music that would swing from folklore to The Beatles. At the age of 13, and due to the growing social-political conflicts in the country, his mother was forced to take him and his immediately older brother to Saragossa, Spain, where Enrique became interested in music and started playing drums. By the time he was 16 he had become fascinated by the electric bass and both its rhythmic and melodic possibilities, and immediately gave up the sticks. Enrique engaged heavily in the local rock scene while touring as a session musician until the age of 20 when he got accepted to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. There he had the opportunity to study with Johannes Weidenmüeller, Barry Harris, Hal Galper, Bob Cranshaw, Armen Donelian, Richard Boukas, David Glasser, Chris Tarry, Rory Stuart, Jeff Carney, and Kirk Nurock, to name a few. Years later and with merit-based scholarships, Enrique earned his BFA degree with Honors in Jazz Performance in 2015.
Enrique currently lives in New York where he plays with different bands and ensembles, some of them strictly on bass as a sideman, others as co-founder, co-producer, co-writer, arranger and/or conductor, as well as providing the low frequencies. These bands have included January Jane, Von Voigt, The Third International, Freddy Fuego's X-Tet, Udi Levy's Trio, Rob Decoup, Eye-Ra Haze, and SomeonElse among others. Having earned a reputation mostly in pop and rock music, he has performed in events such as the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, SXSW in Austin, headlined venues such as Gramercy Theatre, Highline Ballroom and Mercury Lounge in NYC, and the Beatles Revolution Lounge in Las Vegas to mention a few, and has recorded with world-class producers such as John Bender (credits include Paramore, Killswitch Engage, Breaking Benjamin), Rich Lamb (credits include Joan Osborne, John Cale, They May Be Giants) and Mark Alan Goodman (credits include Bob Dylan, D’Angelo, Mike Stern) in NYC, and Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios (credits include Linkin’ Park, Evanescence, No Doubt) as well as NRG's in-house engineer Kyle Hoffman (credits include Bruce Springsteen, Bush, John Fogerty) in Los Angeles. Enrique is an official Marleaux Bass Guitars artist.
Aside from his accomplishments as a musician Enrique is also a highly experienced sound engineer. He is regularly seen at Trinity Church of Wall Street during services, concerts, and other events; as well as with Sofar Sounds and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes School of Music. Other notable appearances behind the mixing console include the 2016 and 2018 Winter Jazz Fest, and the following Off-off-Broadway shows: the Spring 2016 production of Cabaret, and Winter 2017 of Merrily We Roll Along by the New York Film Academy; a Fall 2016 original play, Scorched - A Fiery New Musical; and the Spring 2017 production of Hair by Columbia University.
"Enrique is...even at his young age, a veteran of the ultra-competitive NYC Rock scene...Enrique's unparalleled ability to synthesize varied schools of performance and then to execute them perfectly on the spot is the reason I called him to the studio again and again..."
— John Bender, Gold and Platinum record-awareded Producer, Engineer, and Mixer
"The bass guitar holds much power in every musical setting which needs a musician to control its range of emotion that it can give off and Enrique Mancía does just that. Beyond Enrique’s effortless, technical capability lies a depth of beauty, rage and solitude. Not only does Mancía cater to those he is surrounded by in the studio and on stage, but Enrique leads by example and principle knowing what he wants his instrument to say, when he wants to say it and how he wants the audience to hear what is said.”
— Michael Zahorak, Music Director for “Kill Sister, Kill! A Musical”