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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. Their committed vision of undiluted musical appreciation, interactive communication, improvisation and basic integrity has brought greater attention to all the city’s great djs including the genre busting DJ Heather. Widely regarded as one of the premier selectors in the nation, this Chicagoan demonstrates her skills and sharp deck acumen for the massives throughout the Windy City and the world at large with verve and undeniable talent.

DJ Heather received rave reviews for her installment to the much heralded Fabric CD series, for the club of the same name. “With [Fabric] 21 I had a concept in mind; most of the material had to have been played at the club to give it an honest feel.” Judging by critics and house enthusiasts she has done just that. “At the end of the day to make a room full of people happy is difficult to do. You become part mind reader , guru, sensei, educator, entertainer and babysitter all at once. All the experiences I have had, made who I am today. As a person and dj. I love what I do.”

DJ Heather toured extensively with Colette in support of their House of OM double disc release and has released subsequent projects with Om Records including Summer Sessions 2 mixed by Om family members DJ Heather and Onionz. The release followed the success of the first volume of the series mixed by Groove Junkies, Chuck Love and DJ Fluid. In 2008 she joined fellow OM label artists – Colette, Fred Everything and Andy Caldwell – on the House of OM tour.

With over 15 years of experience behind her Dj Heather has grown to become one of the Windy City’s main Dj exports. She is an artist who defies conformity, defines quality and continues to nurture her solid skills for soul music of the technological generation.


Apart What / where was your very first DJ gig, and how old were you?
DJ Heather First paid gig was at the #ArtfulDodger in WickerPark, it no longer exists. I was 20, loong time agoo

Apart Which artists had the greatest impact on your decision to pursue being a DJ?
DJ Heather Going 2 clubs, loft parties in Chi had a chnce 2 c @djmarkfarina @dizjaurdo @legopm etc etc… The radio was a huge influence as well. #BMX was huge. Recording mixes was a big deal. I just wanted to share the music I loved. I managed my college radio station as well, big factor.

Apart Describe ‘your sound’ to us in three words?
DJ Heather That’s tough 2 put into just three.. I would say it’s signature Chicago, colmination of many influences and making them your own signature sound

Apart What are your top favorite 3 clubs (or cities) that you have performed at?
DJ Heather Hmm, Tokyo, Vancouver and London, @fabriclondon especially .

Apart What’s one place or club that you haven’t DJ’ed at yet, that you really want to?
DJ Heather I ‘ve heard UStreetMusicHall @uhalldc in DC has an amazing system.

Apart When you are travelin, what are 3 items you absolutely can’t live without?
DJ Heather Chargers, running shoes and a book, paper is where it’s at. hehe

Apart Do you have any of your own productions out? If so on what labels?
DJ Heather Nothing currently. Perpetually working on my own stuff, hope 2 release it on my own label @blackcherryrecs. I am happy the latest ep on the label, by @_nico_K is still doing well.

Apart Can you tell us one track that we can expect to hear you play this Friday?
DJ Heather Hmm that’s tough one. Tons of great stuff coming out on various label. You’ll just have to listen. hehe

Apart What is your favorite thing about Milwaukee?
DJ Heather Kids r crazy enthusiastic & supportive. Been coming up thre since the late 90’s. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed

Apart Finish this sentence: Nobody would ever guess that I _________
DJ Heather love gardening. That’s my new jam! hehe.