This Friday is a true ladies night at Treehouse (plus our homies, the ultimate panty-droppers, Thunderpony). After our favorite lady, Ms Mada, warms the night up alongside the Rebel-ponies, Heidi is taking over the decks with her Jackathon partner, Dinky.
After our introduction to Canadian-born, London-transplant, Heidi, at 2011′s Sunday School for Degenerates, we instantly knew the blonde, pig-tail rockin’ DJ could, for lack of a better term, bring it. From her early days on Get Physical to her almost five-year (and counting) residency show on BBC Radio 1, and her very own brand of party and sound, “The Jackathon”, Heidi, has given us tons of reasons to love her.
In anticipation to her appearance at Treehouse Miami with our good friends, LINK, the team at mybeatFix, thought it proper to put together a quick list of some the reasons we march to Heidi’s beat so diligently. Here it goes, our “Top Five Reasons mybeatFix Loves Heidi”:
5. Her Hair! If it were up to me, Heidi’s hair would be first on the list, but seeing as we are a music blog i’ll leave hair in the fifth spot. While some other leading DJ ladies rock noteworthy dos (Moudaber, Maya and Cassy to name a few) none of them rock the cute, innocent, blonde locks like Heidi. The pic to the left (courtesy of Heidi’s facebook fanpage) shows exactly why this is a point on our list: she’s rocking a dress and those bouncing blonde curls while she clearly rocks and bounces a dance floor. Go on wit ya bad self Heidi.
4. Phonica Record Shop. In an era where digital music is far outselling it’s hardcopy counterpart, Phonica Records is helping keep the global vinyl circulation alive. Why would a record shop end up on our top five Heidi list? Well, Heidi was part of the group that opened Phonic in London back in 2003. The shop has also branched out into a record label, releasing music from the likes of Hector, Alex Picone, Paul Woolford, Four Tet, Matt Tolfrey, Lauhaus and a handful of others. We do see the preference for digital, as it may be more convient, but we also love to see the shops keeping the vinyl alive– an art form that we hope sticks around forever.
3. Booth Energy. Personally, nothing bores me more than the stagnant DJ– a DJ in the booth picking tracks, playing them, rinse and repeat. I need a DJ to be dancing with me! They obviously have to stay in the booth and we, on the dance floor, but I want whoever is playing music to feel it and seem like they belong on the dance floor. Heidi always seems like she belongs on the dance floor (but we thank the music gods that she’s in the booth). The video (from Laaadaa on Youtube) shows Heidi this past year at Movement in Detroit, and even though the vid was taken from about 30 feet away, you can clearly tell she’s working up a sweat. Go get it girl!
2. BBC Radio 1 Residency. Back in 2008, the people behind BBC Radio 1 invited Heidi to host their show, “In DJs We Trust” on a six month contract. Heidi ended up rocking the airwaves and bringing in so many listeners that her six-month residency has turned into a five-year and counting permanent spot. You can tune into Heidi’s “BBC Radio Residency” show every Thursday at midnight (7pm eastern time). Below is a download for Heidi’s August 24th show with special guest, Pillowtalk.
1. The Jackathon. That’s it… The Jackathon. I’m kidding, while that is all we have to say, i’ll explain for those living under rocks that haven’t heard of Jackathon yet. Almost four years ago, Heidi started travelling with her Jackathon concept. An idea of her’s inspired by her adolescent days in Windsor, Ontario, just across the border from Detroit. The parties have become a platform for her to express her love for mixing the classic jacking-house sounds of the 90s with today’s, modern house and techno.
The parties eventually turned into a label, Heidi Presents Jackathon Jams. The label burst on to the scene earlier this year with it’s first self-titled EP freatruing both original work and remixes from some of our favorite ladies– Maya Jane Coles, Miss Kitten and tINI.
This Friday, Heidi is bringing three of the five points on our list (because radio residencies and record shops can’t travel) to Treehouse Miami, thanks to our friends at LINK. These Jackathon parties have been know to start and end very high energy, and with Dinky, Ms Mada and the Thunderponies also throwing it down, we suggest wearing something you don’t mind sweating in.