Henri (aka Henrietta Tiefenthaler) has managed to mark her territory in a variety of creative fields – New York Times best-selling author, DJ, producer and rising fashion icon – but, let’s narrow it down to her reigning creative endeavor: music. Spinning sets that range from deep house and techno to old skool hip hop, pop, and rock, Henri keeps heartbeats racing and bodies bustling, leaving her audience captivated and hungry for more. London-born, Los Angeles-raised, Henri has made her mark on both sides of the Atlantic as a DJ/producer, spinning at some of the hottest parties and clubs around the world.
SF. If your life was a film what would it be?
H. If my life was a film it would be Blade Runner or 5th Element
SF. What 3 records you would take with you on a deserted island?
H. Radio Head – In Rainbows; Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother, Father’s Shout, and Breast Milky, blow me away every time; and I’m really enjoying Yotto on Anjuna Deep.
SF. If you could share a joint with anyone who would it be and what’s playing in the background. Set the scene.
H. I just had the most amazing experience for my friend Diana’s birthday at a bar in Columbia Market. It felt like a small living room and the owner served us these strawberry mezcal cocktails infused with weed and we could play their records ourselves. I put on a vinyl that just said Limited Edition on the sleeve and got swept away in my husband’s arms dancing to Jah Tubby’s Reggae beats. The dream
SF. What was the moment you realized or was inspired to become a musician?
H. I used to sing when I was younger and then gave it up for a long time. I think my ex-band mate Jen Turner inspired me to put everything I had into being a musician by constantly building my confidence and telling me I’m talented, based pretty much solely on our mutual love for Krautrock. She’s a gem.
SF. Whats A piece of advice you have never forgotten?
H. “They always come back” which is ironic, because I married the man who broke my heart in high school.
SF. Any advice for us?
H. Work hard and be patient.
SF. What’s your dream performance?
H. Anything with an incredible light show. Maybe Daft Punks last tour? I loved playing the Rabbit Hole at Glastonbury. I was surrounded by all my friends huddled in a trippy tent dancing their asses off to hide from the rain
SF. What was the first time you remember smoking marijuana?
H. Pretty young, I must have been with my sister.
SF. What is your favorite way to enjoy the good herb
H. I like eating it, although used to make weed brownies every Christmas party we would have, and I ate too many, so now I’ve put myself off a bit. I like these blood orange “wondrous” pastilles that this woman formulator in LA makes. She combines the latest research with her knowledge of historical uses in various cultures, like in the ’60s, when Bob Dylan and the Beatles were using cannabis for creative expansion, the chemistry of cannabis was very different than it is now. Not only were most cultivars 50% THC and 50% CBD, rather than the high THC strains prevalent today, but they also lacked an essential oil that makes most bud available now quite sedative, rather than creative. So, if you want a creative high, she recommends dosing low, using a little CBD somewhere in your regimen. combining spices and herbs and avoiding those really chemically strains that knock you out. I also just bought the Bliss pen and chocolate strawberries from MedMen I’m currently indulging in.
SF. Sativa or Indica?
H. depends on what I want it for.
SF. What’s on your sex mixtape?
H. Massive Attack, Warpaint, Cigarettes After Sex, Baby by Donnie & Joe Emerson.