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2015 November 27
by Michelle Manetti

-® Warda


The 10th installment of our mixtape series comes from LA based Henri, whose infectious pop-nu disco vibes got us hooked. Henri (aka Henrietta Tiefenthaler) was born and raised in London and now lives in California. Making her mark on both sides of the Atlantic as a DJ/producer, she is a rapidly emerging name on the Los Angeles scene, spinning at some of the hottest parties and clubs in L.A., New York, Miami, London, Coachella, Cannes, SXSW, Buenos Aires and Vienna. We had a chat with Henri about her relocation to LA and some of the exciting forthcoming things she has in the pipeline.

Describe your sound in 5 words?
Cinematic, lush, melodic, deep, house.

Your musical sound is pretty eclectic, but what personally gets you fist-pumping on the dancefloor?
I’m really drawn to house with beautiful movie-score sounding progressive melodies; with epic, constantly developing builds and lots of tension. It needs to connect on an emotional level for me.

You were born and raised in London but now reside in LA, Sunny California, what spurred the relocation and how do you find the music scene in LA compared to London?
I used to work in book publishing and got sponsored to come out to LA. How could I possibly resist the weather? LA has the best music venues I’ve experienced. The Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theater are both outdoor amphitheatres, surrounded by trees, and all my favourite acts have come through to play there. Massive Attack, Radiohead, Bjork, Grace Jones…. It’s a real experience because at the Bowl you can bring your own wine and picnic and make a whole thing out of it.

The dance music scene in LA isn’t as easy to navigate as it is in London. You have to make an extra effort to seek things out but it is there and in the last couple of years it has become a lot more prolific. There are some really great warehouses and nights popping up downtown. The more popular dance venues around Hollywood could do with being a bit more creative though. To me they lack the soul that venues in London and Europe have. But then again, there are some really uninspiring venues in London too.

Last year you released the super catchy ‘It’s Like This, It’s Like That’ with a kitsch video about a guy with a hula hoop obsession, what was the inspiration behind the quirky video?

I was inspired by fun, tongue-in-cheek concept videos like Fatboy Slim and OK GO. I was with a group of friends at a barbeque watching them try to hula hoop and it was so funny seeing how mal-coordinated some of them were, compared with the pro’s, that we decided it would be the perfect material for a video. The song is really upbeat and fun so it lends itself to that vibe and I’ve always wanted to cast my friend Morgan in a video as he has this ability to make a performance out of any situation on a daily basis. Then I met Cole Rise, a genius photographer who created most of the Instagram filters, and he showed me a video he had shot of his girlfriend for fun and I asked him if he would direct it.

Recently your mix of Flight Facilities ‘Two Bodies Ft. Emma Louise’ hit no2 on the hypemachine charts, congrats for that! We hear you have your own EP to follow it up with, give us a little lowdown on the release.
I just released my AA-side EP on Monday. There are 2 tracks. The title track is called Dark Star and features a string arrangement by my super talented friend Dan Heath. I LOVED his work on Lana Del Rey’s albums and I asked him if he would do an arrangement for me. The strings are really the highlight of the track. I had vocals on there but I took them out as found that the more stripped back I made the track the better it sounded. Only Love Will Take Me There is centred around a Bulgarian choir sample; British composer/producer Marius de Vries co-produced and wrote it with me. It’s dark and ethereal and for me conjures an image of being smacked out in a dingy club or alleyway in the early hours of the morning. Not me, obviously 😉 I added my spoken word lyrics over it but I also made a dub edit (which is included in the mix) without the lyrics which I almost prefer as it gives all the detailed production elements space to stand out. Heidi Höven did a chill remix of that track which is so good. It takes me back to Day Zero, Damian Lazarus’ festival in Playa Del Carmen, dancing away to Acid Pauli and Nu in the scorching heat at 10 a.m.

Here’s Heidi Hoven’s remix, but check out the rest of the EP HERE

You hold a number of pretty cool residencies over in LA and we hear you’re soon to take up another at the Faena Hotel Miami when it opens this December, tell us a bit about that.
The Faena is my favourite hotel in Buenos Aires and they’re about to open their second one in Miami in time for Art Basel next week. They have some of the best names in the business attached. Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine have designed the interior which I suspect will look like a scene from the Great Gatsby, the architect Norman Foster designed the private residences; they’ve built an amphitheatre and will be opening an arts district next year which Alan Faena’s wife, Ximena, is spearheading. Speaking of powerful women, she can trump them all. She’s such a huge inspiration to me. She flew me down to Buenos Aires to DJ their roller disco installation earlier in the year and they’re bringing that to Miami Beach for Art Basel next week. I’ll be DJing there every day so you’ll know where to find me.

What can we expect from Henri in 2016?
I have a few singles coming out in early 2016, including a cover of one of my favourite 90s house tunes. I’ll be touring a lot, playing WMC, and the rest we’ll see….

As you know, here at Lipstick Disco we like to give the musical ladies a shout out, so tell us who’s your favourite fellow female DJ?
I have a really tight crew of female DJs in LA. Heidi Lawden, who did that remix for me, Whitney Fierce, Cathleen Cher, Izzy Lawrence, DJ Lola Langusta, and Mia Moretti (although she’s based in New York). All really talented names to watch out for. I love Nina Kraviz, especially her Ghetto Kraviz music video… Skin and Nicole Moudaber, although I tend to play more deep and melodic house over straight up techno. I think I can most relate to Maya Jane Coles in terms of music choices.

And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice?

A shot of añejo tequila, a spicy margarita or a really good oaky red wine. I love dry white wine too. In fact, I just love drinking in general. Haha.

And here’s the mix in full cinematic glory.



We’re pretty positive Henri is one to watch in 2016, so make sure you keep an eye on her socials and when you see her, make sure her’s is a shot of Tequila!

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