Inspired by all music, Henri Scars Struck has over the years created and developed a formidable body of work encompassing various styles and origins. This includes Jazz, Hip Hop, R'n'B, Pop, Dance, Electronica, Classical and World Music.
Henri is a French pianist and Grammy winner and has worked with visionaries and artists such as Malcolm McLaren (partner), Yves Saint Laurent (YSL 40 year final retrospective), Thierry Dreyfus, Madonna, The Police, Pierre
Cardin, De La Soul, KRS One, Rakim, Lenny Kravitz, Barry White, Charles
Aznavour, Alicia Keys and Sizzla.
During the wake of the Acid Jazz revolution, which began in London
in the late 80's, Henri collaborated with noteworthy greats including the late
Andy Hughes (The Orb) and Galliano.
At this time, he was noticed by producer Daniel Lazerus (Diana Ross,
Donald Fagen, Joe Cocker) who invited him to co-produce on several projects. Soon, his talents were directed to the runways of Giorgio Armani, Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, to name a
few. It was at a Castelbajac show
where Henri was first introduced to (and subsequently worked with) Malcolm
McLaren, a music, fashion and cultural iconoclast.
In 1996, Henri brought Paris to New York and the legacy of music
trends from Europe and its culture.
Inevitably, he drew massive attention from the local Hip-Hop, Dance and World
music communities. Then partnered with Malcolm McLaren, Henri produced the
Buffalo Gals: Back to Skool (Virgin Records) album with artists like KRS-1,
Rakim and De La Soul. He then executive produced other projects with McLaren including Jungk and several commercials.
Henri later co-composed and did additional production with DJ/Producer
Roger Sanchez on his first solo album (First Contact) featuring Sharleen
Spiteri (Texas), Armand Van Helden and N’Dea Davenport. “Another Chance”, the first single, led
all European charts for 17 weeks.
Further collaborations include remixes for artists such as No
Doubt “Hella Good”, which won them a Grammy Award for best remix of the year
2002; Madonna “Get Together”
(Confessions On a Dance Floor); Alicia Keys "Butterfly"; The Police “Walking On The Moon”; Lenny Kravitz “Black Velveteen”; Chic “I Want Your Love”; Prince “1999”; Ricky Martin “Jaleo”; Brand New Heavies “Apparently
Nothin” featuring Carleen Anderson; Cirque Du Soleil “Kumbalawe”; Alejandro Sanz & Shakira “Te Lo
Agradezco Pero No”; and Simply Red
Most of these
records have appeared in Billboard’s Top Ten dance charts. In addition, Henri worked on Roger’s
second album Turn On The Music that was released in 2006. Prior to this in 2004, Henri composed
and produced tracks on Charles Schillings’ 2nd solo album, released by Pschent
Records (Hotel Costes).
Another notable project was The Mango Room, an urban poetic soul
collaborative featuring New York’s premier Spoken Word artists, composed, produced
and arranged by Henri.
This album was
a labor of love celebrating the language of love through music.
For VP Records (the largest Reggae label worldwide) Henri mixed
several DVDs, the first of which being the label’s 25th Anniversary concert
with artists like Sean Paul, Shaggy, Elephant Man and Sizzla. While in Jamaica, Henri worked on the
Sizzla and Elephant Man DVDs.
As well as producing new artists, Henri was probably the first
(1996) and only producer to remix French music legends such as Charles Aznavour
and Serge Gainsbourg from the original multi-tracks, before this became a
trend. His latest production for an artist can
be heard on the album of singer songwriter Sinem Saniye, the twice winner of
the John Lennon songwriter’s competition, also winning a Billboard award for