Colette & DJ Heather ***Advanced tickets are now closed. Door tickets will be available. Early arrival suggested*** Complementary Vodka bar from 9-10p
Elz, Dru Deep
101 6th St
San Francisco, California (CA), 94103
The Chicago house community has produced a number of innovative and distinct DJ´s 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 the city´s great DJ´s 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 throughout the Windy City and the world at large with verve and undeniable talent.
Her interest in music was sparked early on by her parents´ eclectic music collection. A full spectrum of jazz, blues, rock, soul and folk was part of DJ Heather´s household. With a foundation set, she began to discover her own tastes ranging from the Jackson 5, Chic, Blondie and Kiss. The British New Wave, Ska, Punk the burgeoning Hip–Hop and Industrial movements further sparked her enthusiasm for music.
"I felt as if I was on a mission of discovery. Vintage Vinyl and Big Daddy´s in Evanston became my haunts. I loved finding new bands and sounds such as Depeche Mode, The Specials, Black Flag, Treacherous Three and Ministry making them my own. I would then share them with friends by making tapes. MTV and MV60 were just starting to make their mark as well. I Checked out artists such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood and New Order at venues like The Bismark and The Riv, Aragon Ballroom and The Vic Theater every weekend if possible."
During her stint in college she briefly managed the campus only radio station KWTR. Whittier College´s frequency was really low so you could tune in if you were on campus or happened to be driving by. For Heather, the primary focus became the lunchtime show. Heard over the cafeteria loud speakers it had the highest listener–ship of the broadcast day. "For an hour, it was my chance to mold minds and influence people. Most of the time, my managerial duties consisted of filling in for students who wouldn´t show up for their scheduled slots. Southern California staple KROQ supplied my radio fix that I couldn´t always get on my own." She was also exploring the various music scenes of Los Angeles. "I would hit events like White Chocolate and the Apartment. I was amazed at the attention to detail and the range of music being played." Punk showcases at Scream, Ska shows followed by Scooter Rally´s up and down the coast were great to check out too."
After her time at school, she was waiting tables back in Chicago. A friend heard an unmixed compilation tape of hers that she played while at work. He suggested she might like playing records at a local bar. She started out in the early nineties at the Artful Dodger, a neighborhood pub with a cramped moist dance area situated in the rear. "I wasn´t 21 so I was afraid of getting caught but I thought I should a least try it out. I had nothing to lose" The first night went well and the owner asked her back. His confidence in her abilities grew. She progressed from Thursdays to Fridays and finally Saturday nights and at the same time gradually built a following "I would ask some friends to come by. It was my chance to share my favorite records and have a few drinks. At that time I was not really ´mixing´ but garnering an invaluable lesson in programming. Every Saturday night I was responsible for five hours of music. Hours of invaluable training at the Dodger helped me learn how to read a crowd." Naturally the fascination progressed into the technical aspect of DJ´ng. "I wanted to mirror what I heard other DJ´s (Gemini, Derrick Carter, Lego, Diz, Frique, Mark Farina, Johnny Fiasco, Matty etc.) doing in clubs like Shelter and lofts spaces like Reactor, 1355/1466 N. Milwaukee, Aberdeen, 500 Cermack and others throughout the city.
At that time she was also working for local record stores and labels like Record Exchange, Wax Trax, and Southern. For five years she earned her chops by playing an urgent mix of hip hop, house, rock, jazz, soul, R&B, 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 for what moves the dance floor.
During her fourth year at The Dodger, she began what would become a three–year residency at Red Dog entitled "Vibes and Stuff," which morphed into "Momma´s Got Soul," a Wednesday night gig dedicated to downtempo beats, hip hop, rare groove and disco. "At Red Dog I was able to progress as a dj and hone my skills." At that same time she landed her first residency at Smart Bar. A Sunday night downtempo showcase dubbed "Heavy Weight Session" The second would follow five years later and remains till this day. Around that same time she recorded her first vocal project; Joining Derrick Carter´s Sound Patrol Orchestra, along with house luminary Chez Damier for "Tripping Among The Stars" on the Organico label. She also began a short but invaluable stint at world famous Gramaphone Records. Prior to her departure from Gramaphone one of the first known female DJ collectives, Superjane, was born.
In a matter of a time she progressed from local DJ to a regular on the international DJ circuit. "I was able to achieve that by doing a lot of touring purely based on the strength of my DJ´ng." Since then she has become a regular on the international circuit.
In 1998 she was asked by San Francisco transplant and fellow Chicagoan Mark Farina to support his Mushroom Jazz 2 Tour. "I felt incredibly honored. Mark asking me to join him on tour was his quiet way of saying I like what you do. Truly the ultimate compliment." She would later join him on the road in support of the third and fourth installments of the Mushroom Jazz series. As well as the house release San Francisco Sessions for Om Records in 1999. The CD also featured "Something Else" her first of three collaborations with 2nd Shift (JT Donaldson and Tim Shumaker) originally available on Seasons Recordings.
A year later Heather released her own officially licensed mix "Tangerine" for the Chicago based Afterhours label. "With my debut compilation I hoped to simply illustrate that I could program and mix. I think I achieved that". With stand out reviews she hit the road on her own. That same year she returned to Chicago club staple Smartbar to begin her second residency at the venue. 2002 marked her inaugural trip to South Africa. "Visiting the continent was life altering. I went to Capetown and Johannesburg. Chanting, dancing, call and response throughout my set . I never had that type of true connection with an audience before. On top of all that, I was asked to make a speech after I played. Amazing." She was the first African–American woman ever to play there. The UK´s Jockey Slut magazine touted her, as a star on the rise in their Feburary 2002 issue. The next month she won the first ever Dancestar award for Breakthrough DJ. "I was definitely surprised I was nominated but to win was even more shocking". That year Heather also began her relationship with the London club Fabric. "Really a great space for djs and live performances. The attention detail is fantastic. I felt so comfortable there." They felt the same and she officially became one of the residents in two years later. "I love that club". In 2003 Vancouver´s Nordic Trax asked her to take on mixing duties "Dancefloor Principles". This lead to her first trip to Japan, fulfilling a childhood dream.
Named after her favorite soy yogurt, Blackcherry Recordings, made its debut with the buzz worthy single "Picture of You" featuring Heather along with D.C.´s own EastcoastcoastBoogiemen. " I came up with the name four years ago with intentions of starting a label. No project fit until this came along. I guess it was meant to be". Remix duties were taken on by some of house music brightest rising stars. Lawnchair Generals, Jason Hodges, Natural Rhythm and Cle provided diverse takes on the original.
"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."
In the last few years she has worked with Brett Johnson, Greenskeepers, Slater Hogan, John Larner, Swirl People and Colette among others.". With 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
With her disarming doe eyes and a heartwarming demeanor, Colette possesses the unmistakable voice of post-millennial house music. Her sweet-but-sultry voice has been called "angelic" so many times, it's a miracle she hasn't grown wings: Imagine a less breathy Kylie Minogue merged with a more controlled Roisin Murphy (Moloko) and you have a good grasp on her classy voice that highlights any beat that flows behind it. Whereas in the late 80s, the diva reigned supreme and made the music cower, Colette has kept it deliciously simple and always melodic, making the former choirgirl-cum-Chicago-house-siren a mainstay of modern dance music.
And it's been that way for a minute -- as raves were starting to wind down throughout the nation in the late 90s, Colette was busting through the "novelty act" stereotype that kept many women DJs corralled like VIP ropes guarding a Hollywood hotspot. But ever since she started her SuperJane troupe with fellow Chicagoan DJs Dayhota, Lady D. and Heather (celebrating over 10 years), Colette's paved the way for other women seeking equal time behind the decks as their male counterparts. Things came full circle in 2006, when the Los Angeles transplant reunited with Heather for a stateside tour promoting the "House Of Om" mix they did together. It was a busy year -- Colette also played an intense set at Coachella, kept up her long running residency at "World's Best Club" Smartbar and toured with fellow Om house soldier Kaskade.
And no signs of slowing for Colette with her second artist album, Push...
If Push plays out anything like her first artist album, Hypnotized, Colette's endless nights will have been more than worth the effort. Hypnotized became the most downloaded dance album on iTunes (US), and featured dance floor burners like "What Will She Do for Love" (Billboard's No. 1 Dance Club Play Single) and the title track, which was licensed to The Devil Wears Prada soundtrack. In just a few years time, Colette was featured as a "Newcomer to Watch" in JANE Magazine, filed under "Hot New Music" in Interview Magazine, graced the cover of XLR8R, and named in URB's Next 100.
Just like on Hypnotized, Push has got serious dance floor ammo with its tricky, funneled beats and overall playful vibe, but it can slink into dark-and-sexy mode too, making the record just as diverse as its cast. Home and Garden, Santiago & Bushido, Drew K, Chuck Love, Fab, Lucy Woodward share production credit, to name a few. Colette's sexy, jazzy alto is featured perfectly on "If" and first single, "About Us." It easily could rock the airwaves on a Friday night mainstream pop station and slay the crowd at any dance club, and has already been remixed by tastemaker Derrick Carter. Showing off pop-savvy lyrics that are still perfect for the club, Colette sings of love lost: "I'll tell you something that you need to know/ I'm sick of tryin' and I'm not so sure/ I've lost the feeling from so long ago/You say you love me but you don't care about us"
Keeping things varied four tracks in, "Funny" features Om: Hip Hop new signing and fellow URB "Next 100" featured artist Black Spade, and the resulting vibe is chill with a bit of swagger -- complete with shiny synths over a tripped-up tempo.
Having been djing since 1998, Elz brings a blend of oldschool funky flavor and dirty electro sounds to her beats. Growning up listening to oldschool breaks and house music from DJ Dan and Mark Farina along with discovering classic rock, jazz, hip-hop, and funk music she learned how to incorporate all of these elements together to create some serious flavor. She came from the underground to deliver the sound. Her first gig was in 1998 at X.O.X. 2 at the infamous 2nd and Jackson in Oakland. She then started playing at Beat Down Sundaze and became resident for Feel Good's Girl Power and played at massives like MegaBuzz, Love Affair as well as Sister SF. In 2001 Elz won best new DJ contest on House Nation (94.9 FM) in SF. She became their new resident DJ, and also won a guest appearance on the main stage at Coolworld's Cyberfest in SF and in Texas. In 2003 she won 2nd place in 92.7 Party FM Showcase at 1015 Folsom in SF.
She began getting gigs for Adidas, Puma, and Odyssey DJ Gear and in 2007 brought a new residency with the infamous SF crew Green Gorilla Lounge. Shortly after in March 2008 Elz graduated Ex'pression College with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sound Arts and after graduation she was selected to intern for DJ Shadow. She assisted in preparation for the launch of DJ Shadow Digital (The DJ Shadow Digital Store), myspace management, web store management, and processed sound samples for the Dj Shadow digital store.
In 2009 Elz and Denise released their remix track "Get Back into The Groove Again" on Muzimo Records shortly followed by their orignal track "All Night" feat. Audio Angel, a remix of Sue Cho's "Bad Girl" and a remix of Denise and Dawn of Sound's "Death by Mary Jane" feat. Elise on Look Out Records. “Soul Power” and "Useless" produced by DJ Elz, written and performed by Elise were picked up by Chris Lum and David Harness for their label, Harlum Muziq in 2010. And a year later remixes were released by Master Kev and Tony Loreto, Stephen Rigmaiden, Rubien Mancias, Grand High Priest, and Reelsoul, and are still charting well all over the web. With a string of gigs in Miami, L.A., Tahoe, and all over the bay area including SF's famous 2nd Sunday and numerous gigs with West City including Temple SF, be sure to keep an ear to the ground and keep posted on her new tracks on Moulton Music and upcoming events...Elz is driven by a constant urge to push herself and evolve while always staying true to herself as an artist. For her its all about the music!
I've been throwing down traxx since 94. It's my 1st love and endless one. I also make beats, design, and co-host a radio show once a month called "The Eclektronik Groove" with host Holt Sorenson, Mondays 9am-noon (pst) on KZSU 90.1 Stanford.U can stream online and find more information about the show @ hsomusic.com/show.
Some of my past guests have been Motor City Drum Ensemble-Germany, Pepe Bradock-France, Roman Flügel-Germany, Wally Callerio, Derek Scott aka The Rhythmist, James Curd-Chicago/Australia ,Axel Boman-Sweden, Chris Carrier-France, Mr. White, Joshua Marquez of "UNEAQ", Mark Farina, DJ Heather, Mike " Agent X'" Clark-Detroit, Hector Moralez, John Larner, Leonard, Stevian, Anthony Mansfield, Ivan Ruiz, J-Funk, Marcus Jerard, and many more...
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