Born in Hong Kong to a U.S. military family, Scarlett Etienne spent her formative years traveling internationally until settling in New York City on her own at 18.
She was immediately immersed in the shocking intensity of New York City Nightlife, where she was inspired and heavily influenced by her underground house music heroes Danny Tenaglia and Junior Vasquez in the final days of Twilo. Scarlett's incredible love of music and appreciation for the sensory and aesthetic aspects of the club scene led her to fearlessly take to the decks and cultivate a style all her own. Exposure to radically different cultures throughout her life stimulated her naturally vivid imagination, awakening her to the unlimited potential of music.
From years of classical piano training to ballet and opera, to an obsession for many genres of music including punk rock, industrial, indie, and hip-hop, Scarlett developed a strong technical foundation for music at an early age. At only 15 years old while living in Canada, she self-produced a full-length demo called "Low-Budget Severity" as a singer-songwriter with a Fender Strat, a 12-string acoustic, various synthesizers and an array of random instruments. Her songs were later aired on indie and college radio throughout Canada leading to an on-air interview with CJSW, Calgary. In addition to her studio endeavors, she performed and collaborated with several bands in her teen years, playing everything from blues to rock.
Scarlett's passion and musical skills have brought her to travel internationally as a DJ, to share her sound with the world. In 2002, She landed her first residency at New York City nightlife institution Sound Factory, followed by a residency in the downtown underground-chic Sullivan Room, and a bi-coastal, bi-monthly residency with San Francisco's Mixed Elements party. For over two years she has maintained a monthly residency at the renowned Italian nightclub Alter-Ego, in Verona. She has delighted and played to packed dancefloors all over the world from San Francisco to Athens to Moscow to Bombay. During her Mediterranean tour in the summer of 2003, she made her Ibiza debut at the legendary superclub, Amnesia. Scarlett toured heavily in 2004, setting out on her first American tour in Spring 2004 with Godskitchen and Playstation2, hitting 14 major U.S. cities in 6 weeks. She then embarked on her second European tour with Ministry of Sound in Summer 2004, and ended the year with her first Asian tour with The Smirnoff Experience in India.
Diversity is the heart of Scarlett's sound. Her style can be described as electro- progressive with a funky and melodic edge. At only 23 years of age, Scarlett has acquired a unique, cultured appreciation and understanding of dance music and continues to make her impact on the underground house scene on a global level. While not working hard on the road, she is working diligently at home in her Pro-Tools project studio, continuing her quest to find expression through innovative new sounds.