HENRI (AKA HENRIETTA TIEFENTHALER) IS A DJ, SINGER/PRODUCER/SONGWRITER AND FASHIONISTA
Daughter of Austrian Bond girl, Erika Bergmann, Henri was born and raised in London, but moved to California after graduating from university. With her impeccable taste, Henri is able to turn her talents to just about anything.
Henri 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 and Vienna. She currently has a Monday night residency at Grandpa Johnson’s in Hollywood, and has recently DJ’d at Teddy’s & Tropicana at the Hollywood Roosevelt, The Revolve Clothing pop-up store launch at the Grove, Marc Jacobs, Halloween at Soho House West Hollywood, the Line Hotel, Townhouse, and The Pattern Bar Downtown.
Henri was at Art Basel Miami 2014 and reported live for us.
Henri, how was Art Basel Miami 2014? Which were the best highlights?
It’s the first time I’ve been and it was nuts! I’m very happy to have come home alive.
I missed so many things but the highlights for me were DJing at the Rec Room after a dinner hosted by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin & Nellee Hooper for Galerie Gmurzynska’s 50th anniversary. I went to the opening of the Edition Hotel after that and caught DJ Harvey spinning his disco set which was epic, as usual. And I even managed to fit in some art the following day ;) I went to the VIP preview of Art Basel which was great as it wasn’t too packed yet and you could take it all in. It was nice to see a Doug Aitken piece there as I worked on a once-in-a-lifetime project with him last year (called Station to Station) and it took me on a trip down memory lane.
There were lots of Damien Hurst pill pieces, Helmut Newton’s famous nudes, which I love, and a print of Sally Mann’s iconic photo of a blonde Lolita holding a candy cigarette.
List celebrities you met
At the Gmurzynska dinner I was in pretty good company with Nellee, Baz, P Diddy, Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter Diana, Alan Faena, and British portrait artist Jonathan Yeo at my table. Soho House is always good for celebrity spotting.
Favourite spot in Miami
I love hanging out at Soho House during Art Basel because they have lots of fun events going on all week and it’s nice to have some sort of focal point amongst the mayhem. The Edition was pretty impressive too. It has an ice skating rink and bowling alley downstairs in the hotel.
Where did you stay? Are you passionate about design hotel?
I stayed at the Fontainebleau which is enormous and has a ton of incredible restaurants like Hakkasan and Scarpetta and a huge club called Liv where Richie Hawtin played while I was staying there. My father remembers staying there in the 70s! It’s riddled with history. I went to the Faena Hotel dinner which is opening in Miami next year. They have a very memorable Philippe Starck-designed hotel in Buenos Aires where I went for Radiohead’s afterparty a few years ago. It’s so eccentric, it’s amazing.
There’s an all white room with a red carpet and white unicorn heads sticking out of the walls. For the Miami one they’re teaming up with Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin to oversea the aesthetic concept, and they’re taking over 6 blocks with the hotel, shopping mall and apartments, so looking forward to seeing when that will all be finished
You are back in LA now. What’s the plan?
Yes, I’m back in LA now. I DJ’d some old soul and Christmas classics at the Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge on Saturday with the Living Sisters and friends singing 1940s-era songs. Jon C. Reilly dressed up as Santa Claus and told hilarious stories about his Lithuanian mother ruining Christmas for him as a child. I’m DJing a lot this month and working on finishing a bunch of new tracks. And then I’m off to Europe tomorrow to DJ in Austria and visit my family in London before the holidays.