DJ Heather

DJ Heather

Real Name:
Heather Robinson
Profile:
In the past few years the Chicago house community has produced a number of innovative and distinct djs trained in the art of transforming tranquil dance floors into spaces of sheer bedlam and bliss. Derrick Carter, Diz, Mark Farina and Sneak stand at the forefront of the nouveau jock barrage born and bred in the underground gatherings which flourish there. Their committed visions of undiluted musical appreciation, interactive communication, improvisation and basic integrity has brought greater attention to all the city� great djs including the genre busting DJ Heather. Widely regarded as one of the premier selectors in the nation, this Brooklyn born Chicagoan demonstrates her skills and sharp deck acumen for the massives throughout Chicago and the world at large with verve and undeniable talent.

At the urging of a friend, after hearing an unmixed compilation tape of her�, Heather started out at the Artful Dodger. A neighborhood pub with a cramped moist dance area situated in the rear. Being such a music lover djaying was a natural progression. I would ask some friends to come by. It was my chance to share my favorite records and have a few drinks� " I was not really mixing but learning how to play records, programming 101." "I was responsible for five hours of music every Saturday night. Eventually I got into the technical aspect of djaying, watching other djs play and learning by example. Finally I was able to get turntables and began practicing six hours a day if I was able. The first time I mixed two records it was like discovering a new secret language" "At that stage it was truly a hobby, something I did on weekends. I always think of the dj thing as the happy accident. Maybe because I came into it at a stage when it wasn� considered a superstar thing to do. I was the only dj in a circle of photographers, actors, designers and so on." At that time she was also working for local record labels and garnering experience about the industry. One gig lead to another and the hobby soon manifested itself into a full time pursuit. For five years she earned her chops by playing an urgent mix of hip hop, house, jazz, soul, RnB, disco classics, rare groove and all manner of off-center beats relevant to the stew she was brewing. At the Dodger she fully developed her versatility and philosophy as an entertainer.

During her fourth year at the Dodger, she began what would be a three year residency at Red Dog. A Wednesday night gig dedicated to downtempo beats, hip hop, rare groove and disco. "At Red Dog I was able to fully develop as a dj and hone my skills." At that same time she began a short but invaluable stint at world famous Gramaphone Records. Many of Chicago� well known djs have made a stop there; Sneak, Mark Farina, Derrick Carter, Terry Mullan, Gemini, Colette and Miles Maeda to name a few." That place was my resource center. I was hired to be the hip hop buyer. I would also use their phone lines, fax machines, FedEx and ups accounts to the fullest extent. I used the store to make contacts, ship demos/press kits and sell my own mixed material. Three years later, once bookings got in the way of covering shifts, I had to say good bye. I felt like I had graduated Gramaphone Tech. It was such an invaluable experience." Primarily known in the Chicago dance community as a "hip hop" dj she began a shift in the material she played. "It was never a conscious effort to play one genre more than another. I�e always been interested in all forms of music. The demand for me to play house seemed to increase after each gig. Over time one just gave way to another. Gone but not forgotten"
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DJ Heather Discography Tracks

Albums

fabric21radio DJ Heather Fabric 21 (Radio Mix)(CDr, Promo) Fabric (2) fabric21radio UK 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SEA12-011 2nd Shift Featuring Heather* 2nd Shift Featuring Heather* - Somethin' Else(12") Seasons Recordings SEA12-011 US 2000 Sell This Version
SEA12-029 2nd Shift Featuring Heather* 2nd Shift Featuring Heather* - An Evening In The Listening Room(12") Seasons Recordings SEA12-029 US 2001 Sell This Version
2nd Shift Feat. Heather* 2nd Shift Feat. Heather* - Are You Ready For The Future Seasons Recordings US 2003 Sell This Version
Fred Everything Feat. DJ Heather Fred Everything Feat. DJ Heather - That Thang 20:20 Vision UK 2004 Sell This Version
East Coast Boogiemen & DJ Heather East Coast Boogiemen & DJ Heather - Picture Of You Pt. 2 Blackcherry Recordings US 2005 Sell This Version
Formidable Force Featuring Heather* Formidable Force Featuring Heather* - Affection Tango Recordings US 2005 Sell This Version
BCR001 East Coast Boogiemen & DJ Heather East Coast Boogiemen & DJ Heather - Picture Of You Pt. 1(12") Blackcherry Recordings BCR001 US 2005 Sell This Version
Swirl People Featuring Heather* Swirl People Featuring Heather* - When I Think Of You Aroma, Aroma Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
VOL001 Slater Hogan & John Larner Feat. DJ Heather Slater Hogan & John Larner Feat. DJ Heather - Bump This Groove EP(12", EP) Voluptuous Recordings VOL001 Canada 2006 Sell This Version
BCR007 East Coast Boogiemen & DJ Heather East Coast Boogiemen & DJ Heather - Picture Of You (The Lost Negatives EP)(12") Blackcherry Recordings BCR007 US 2006 Sell This Version
Brett Johnson & DJ Heather Brett Johnson & DJ Heather - Everything's Electric .dotbleep UK 2007 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

AHM-007 DJ Heather Tangerine(CD, Comp, Mixed) Afterhours AHM-007 US 2000 Sell This Version
DJ 361 DJ Heather DJ International Allstars(CD, Comp, Mixed) DJ Magazine DJ 361 UK 2003 Sell This Version
NT033CD DJ Heather Sonar Presents DJ Heather: Dancefloor Principles(CD, Comp, Mixed) Nordic Trax NT033CD US 2003 Sell This Version
DJ Heather Fabric 21 (Comp) Fabric (2) UK 2005 Sell This Version
Colette & DJ Heather Colette & DJ Heather - House Of OM OM Records US 2006 Sell This Version
OM 274 DJ Heather & Onionz DJ Heather & Onionz - OM Summer Sessions 2(2xCD, Mixed) OM Records OM 274 US 2007 Sell This Version
none DJ Heather Love Muscle(Cass, Mixed) Not On Label (DJ Heather Self-Released) none US Unknown Sell This Version
none DJ Heather Pepto(Cass, Mixed) Not On Label (DJ Heather Self-Released) none US Unknown Sell This Version
none DJ Heather Molasses(Cass, Mixed) Not On Label (DJ Heather Self-Released) none US Unknown Sell This Version
none DJ Heather Ascension(Cass, Mixed, Promo) Noble, Champion Sound (2) none US Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

MM46 Johnny Fiasco Feat. DJ Heather Johnny Fiasco Feat. DJ Heather - Soundz(5xFile, MP3, 320) Moulton Music (2) MM46 US 2015
om nineteen DJ Heather House Of Om (Unmixed Radio Sampler)(CDr, Promo, Smplr) OM Records om nineteen US Unknown Sell This Version

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Deeps_The_House_Cat

Deeps_The_House_Cat

April 24, 2003
Tangerine is well programmed, well mixed, and well worth listening to. A beautiful woman who is only outshined by her ability to rock a crowd. Also sings on her own tracks/2nd Shift tracks. Hot.

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