Profile: DJ Heather
In demand Chicago DJ.
Chicago has a bit of a name for its house DJs doesn’t it?
It does indeed my friend, in fact Chicago is considered the birthplace of house in the 1980s. Specifically at the legendary Warehouse venue (hence the name) under the watchful eye of musical director Frankie Knuckles.
Enough of the history lesson, how does DJ Heather fit into all this?
She was actually born in Brooklyn but found her musical roots when she moved to Chicago influenced by the city’s rich house history and the second wave of Chicago jocks such as DJ Sneak, Mark Farina and Derrick Carter.
So she spins house then?
Not at all. DJ Heather has an all encompassing approach to the wheels of steel mixing in techno, R&B, jazz, funk, disco and hip hop with her tribal house. ‘Many things influence me,’ explains Heather. ‘If it’s quality music and I enjoy it, I’ll play that record. You have to bring a little bit of everything to what you do and that makes for a broader experience. You have to incorporate music that you love and enjoy. To make a reflection of yourself out of this art form. It’s an extension of you and you have to take it very seriously. And at the same time you take it all with a pinch of salt. It is just playing records and it all really comes down to the party.’
Time to dig out the glad rags for a proper party then?
Definitely especially as DJ Heather’s date in Glasgow is to mark the second birthday of underground house night Fiasco.
DJ Heather plays Fiasco at Bacchus, Glasgow, Fri 5 Feb.