Heidi has quickly established herself in Ibiza endearing herself to fans at We Love Space and fellow artists and DJs alike. She currently holds down a monthly slot with the In New DJs We Trust show on BBC Radio 1 where she gets to interview her favourite up’n'comers while showcasing the latest and greatest from her passion for booty-shaking techno, house and disco.
Heidi also featured in our favourite video of the summer, have a look at the bottom of this post. With that, Heidi, it’s over to you…
Is there one book that you have read that has been life-changing for you?
I was really into reading biographies for a long time then it all got a bit same same for me, musician turned drug addict who turned their life around… blah blah. Fun to read and interesting but then I got bored and my friend turned me on to David Sedaris. I absolutely love this guy. Hilarious. He is very observant and writes about the everyday life situations and about himself and his childhood in those situations. All of his books are brilliant. I just bought the new one. Haven’t started it yet. Nothing life changing but very light hearted and they make me laugh out loud. Just what I need when I’m sitting in the airport wanting to get home.
Did your parents encourage you to work in music?
My parents were very into their music. They were quite young when they had me and my sister. They listened to a lot of classic rock, folk and blues. Music was constantly playing in our household… many times until 4am on a school night. Having children didn’t stop them from living their lives. I guess they were the reason why I became so involved with many different genres of music.
How did you begin to work professionally in music?
I moved to England permanently in 2000. Soon after I started working in record shops then in 2003 I helped open up London’s Phonica Records. That’s where I gained the knowledge and connections in the electronic music world. I sort of accidentally fell into the DJing thing. People kept saying I should do it because they liked my taste. I didn’t ever think it would end up being my career today.
How do you apply your past experiences to what you do today?
I’m not sure. I guess I just do it without thinking about it too much. It comes naturally for me. If something moves me I always gravitate towards it and see where it takes me.
Where is your current studio and what is it like?
I don’t have a studio. I’m not really a producer. I have done some music with my ex-boyfriend. We lived together and he had a beautiful studio. Full of a million vintage synths. Its fun but I prefer to be out and about. I have a hard time concentrating in a studio and channeling my ideas into one. So at the moment I just travel around and play other peoples tunes. Maybe one day my mind will calm down and I will be able to sit still long enough to make an album.
How much have you had to consider marketing issues since embarking on your career and how has that affected your creativity?
I haven’t really had to do that seeing as I don’t really make music. The radio show I do on Radio 1 “In New DJs We Trust” speaks for me. I play what I love and have guests on that inspire me and that is my outlet. To try and bring underground dance music to a wider audience.
How would you describe your work?
Well by work you mean DJing… I would describe it as a super fun night out on the dancefloor. I love to see crowds get down old school style. No chin strokers allowed.
Who were your teachers?
I didn’t have any. I had to teach myself quickly. I went from not knowing how to mix to being put in front of 1000 people. For the first few years I was literally learning in the clubs. Yes I made plenty of mistakes but 5 years on I have figured it out. Some people might disagree but there will always be the critics. As long as everyone is smiling and dancing their asses off I have done my job for the night.
Your home is burgled but fortunately the culprits are caught and your possessions returned to you. What would you deem a suitable punishment for the burglars?
Rip all their finger nails out with a pair of pliars and then pour white spirits over them.
You have to make one species of animal extinct. Excluding insects, which species would that be?
Honestly at the moment I wouldn’t choose any animal. Our planet is suffering with enough of that thanks to us.
If you could spend one week in any period of history, which period would you choose?
I would kill to go back to the 1920′s. I’m so in love with the fashion from that era and it was a time of tremendous change in America. I wouldn’t mind popping into the Victorian age either. Well, I would like to visit most era’s before I was born. I’ve always been fascinated by history.