Devotion & Public Works Present: Colette & DJ Heather (aka Second City Sessions)
+ Ruben Mancias (Devotion)
Public Works Main room.
DJ, producer, vocalist Colette has grown from an integral part of the Chicago underground into a breakout musical triple-threat releasing her most accomplished and fully realized artistic statement to date. Combining the tunefulness of classic pop songs with the thump of classic house of her hometown, the album ventures into new sonic territory for Colette, from intimate bedroom beats to stadium-shaking dance anthems. When the Musics Loud is the sound of an artist at the peak of her powers.
DJ Heather Bio
DJ Heather was named one of Chicagos Top Forty-Five Artists alongside Kanye West, Billy Corgan and Green Velvet!
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 citys 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 20 years of experience behind her Dj Heather has grown to become one of the Windy Citys 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.
Colette and DJ Heather are two of the most celebrated artists on the Om Records roster, working around the globe on recording projects and in concerts with such artists as Depeche Mode, Derrick Carter and Greenskeepers.. Highly recommended. - Rick Anderson, All Music Guide
Famous for her jazzy, alto voice, Colette’s exemplary DJ skills have been well documented. With the release of her first mix CD, IN THE SUN on underground Chicago label AfterHours in 1999, her tireless work ethic and crowd-pleasing sets culminated in Colette winning the “Breakthrough DJ” award at the 2003 US Dancestar Awards in Miami. Colette’s music has found many fans in the world of advertising as well. “Feelin’ Hypnotized” has been prominently featured in a global Motorola campaign alongside legendary DJs Felix Da Housecat and Paul Van Dyk. The spot walked away with the “Best Song in a Commercial” award at the 2004 US Dancestar Awards. A restless spirit always seeking new ways to share her love of genuine house music, Colette co-hosted the nationally syndicated radio show “Maximum Rotation.” She and on-air partner Kevin Dees produced the show from the highly influential KIIS-FM radio station in Los Angeles from 2001 through 2004. That same spirit has led to Colette’s latest achievement: Successfully launching the fledgling Candy Talk record label, a goal Colette has had for the better part of a decade.
DJ Heather has become one of the Windy City’s main DJ exports. An artist who defies conformity and defines quality, the Blackcherry label boss was named one of Chicago’s Top Forty-Five Artists alongside Kanye West, Billy Corgan and Green Velvet. Following worldwide accolades, in 2007 Om Records announced 'Summer Sessions 2' mixed by Om family members DJ Heather and Onionz. In 2008 she joined fellow Om label artists Colette, Fred Everything and Andy Caldwell on the 'House of Om' tour. At the top of 2009 Heather teamed up with Colette to kick off their annual 3-month tour in the Americas featuring the two stellar artists performing back to back to hundreds of excited fans each night! Amidst her busy touring schedule, DJ Heather has been tweeking her studio and working on various releases while promoting her Blackcherry label in the digital realm.