Heidi has worked hard over the past two decades to make her mark on the new house and techno music generation.
“It’s the way you bring it. If I stood there staring into a laptop and not looking at the crowd once, I could play all the hits and it would sound like shit because I wasn’t interested in it,” Heidi explains, “I came from the dancefloor, I love dancing, it’s disappointing when you leave without a strong memory from the night, I want to finish it with an explosion.” Her infamous Jackathon parties were inspired by her youthful endeavors into house and techno music. Heidi heard its calls across the water growing up in Windsor, Ontario Canada, just across the border from Detroit. Relocating to London in 2000, she picked up her craft and deep expertise behind the counter first at Koobla Records, and in 2003 Heidi was part of the team that opened up London’s foremost record shop, Phonica. “I started in 2004, then it kicked off during the summer of 2006. That’s when Get Physical were at their peak and the M.A.N.D.Y guys and DJ.T took me under their wing.“ After a brief stint in Berlin, Heidi was invited in 2008 to do her own BBC Radio ‘In New DJs We Trust’ show on a six month contract. What followed was her own show ‘Radio 1’s Residency’ on Thursday nights.
In 2009 she started the Jackathon events at various nightspots across the globe. Both platforms allowed her to invite her peers and friends such as Richie Hawtin, Soul Clap, Solomun, Maceo Plex, Nicolas Jaar and Derrick Carter to share stories and special musical moments with her. In 2011 a compilation album of the same name was released on her original home label, Get Physical, and a sub-label called Heidi presents Jackathon Jams was born from its success. The first EP featured an all-female cast including Maya Jane Coles, Miss Kitten and Tini, but the movement was always about energy and unleashing some of that magic created on the dancefloor.
Fast forward a decade and you’ll find Heidi still at the forefront of the scene. Whether it’s leading the post-pandemic return to dancing in Liverpool, talking on industry panels or partying the world over, one thing is certain – wherever Heidi goes, she brings the party!
Heidi spends her life immersed in music. She lives and breathes the touring lifestyle, whether its 25,000 capacity crowds in Latin America or festivals such as Exit, Global Gathering, Detroit’s Movement fest and the infamous cave of fabric in London or Japan’s Womb, Ibiza’s super clubs, Berlin’s Watergate or Manchester she rises to the occasion at venues around the world. Never afraid to fight for what she wants, for Heidi it’s not about right place, right time. She has won through sheer determination and sharing the magic with those she loves at every step. “I made the leap of faith into choosing this as a career and putting every last ounce of energy I have into it. I could have flopped on my face but I stuck it out and proved myself to my peers. Every achievement was because I gave 110% of myself, treated everyone with genuine kindness, and sacrificed things in my life that people take for granted.”
Heidi shows no signs of slowing down and with plans underway to reignite her own series of parties as well as the label, the time is now for this force of nature.