DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #5: HEIDY P

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PHOTO BY Rodolfo Moraga

When did you start DJing?
I started 10 years ago. I used to have a radio show, Ce soir on danse, on a college radio. A friend asked if I’d like to try DJ at one of his night and I loved it so much, the next week I was begging a local club owner to let me start a weekly on Sundays.

First gig in Montreal:
That will have to be that night my friend let me play at Saphir, it was around Christmas and I was playing a lot more rock’n’roll back then.

Favorite party ever played:
A party in a downtown Detroit loft. We got to play the window open until really late. No cops showed up. The crowd was just amazing. It ended with the remaining people going to the casino around 8am, all dressed up in leopard fur coat.

Favorite woman DJ:
Miss Kittin is the reason I got into electronic music but these days I follow Steffi, Cassy, DJ Minx and I’m so obsessed with The Black Madonna that I’m taking a 24h trip to Toronto to go see her at A Club Called Rhonda.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
My mine “Hypnotic Tango”. Just because it’s the one record that made me want to start digging. I had just moved to Berlin and went to this amazing Italo Disco party. The next day I was record shopping and the first song I listened to was this record that happened to have blown my mind the night before!

How would you define the DISCWOMAN? 
A community that put women talents up front.

Pet peeve when DJing: 
When I have a male friend with me in the booth while I DJ and people come up to him thinking he’s the one doing all the job. It did save me from annoying special requests though.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Of course

Can you DJ when wasted? 
Yes, but throughout the years I realized I play my best sets sober.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
That I was really good at reading a crowd and I was able to take them on a journey.

Place you’d like to play?
Anywhere really! Travelling and playing music for people, discovering record stores, finding out about different scenes, in different cities is just what I like to do. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
Disco is my first love.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #4: BABI AUDI

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When did you start DJing?
2 or 3 years ago

First gig in Montreal:
February 2013, r.i.p afterparty spot called The Fall

Favorite party ever played:
Notsuoh in Houston in winter 2013

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Spontaneously I’d say Comme à la radio by Brigitte Fontaine and Chicago Art Ensemble is memorable for me, maybe not THE best but one of the heaviest in term of inspiration

Favorite woman DJ:
Uniiqu3

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
Wavy, curly, power

Pet peeve when DJing:
No sub

Do you dance when you DJ?
All the time

Can you DJ when wasted?
I am better when wasted.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
«You’re on some real shit dude»

Place you’d like to play:
Missy Elliot’s private mansion v.i.p pool/spa section party?

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I produce beautiful music, check it out.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #3: DJBOYZCLUB

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When did you start DJing?
2 or 3 years ago, 2009, my first year of university

First gig in Montreal:
I believe it was a university residence semi-formal event, I wore my high school prom dress & played a lot of electro house.

Favorite party ever played:
I played this sweet house party in Saskatoon where I went b2b with a couple dudes. I played cellular grime songs & various tracks at really weird tempos till 6am.

Favorite woman DJ: 
Analog Soul (Jacky Sommer + DatKat), Ellen Allien, Avalon Emerson, & The Black Madonna are five who are extremely influencial and always inspiring to me.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Probably DJ Deeon – Induced EP because at least 50% of the tracks are about sex and 100% of them are ghetto house

How would you define DISCWOMAN?
Fierce DJs & producers who happen to be female.

Pet peeve when DJing?
Drinks anywhere near the decks and dudes not letting me do my thang

Do you dance when you Dj?
YAS, it makes me sad when DJs don’t look like they’re having fun :(

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yes, and I am willing to take more risks, especially with cheesy songs.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Probably when Avalon Emerson said I was good, because it came from her and she is an amazing woman!

Place you’d like to play:
Panorama Bar at 8am, anywhere in Detroit, a Christian Dior or Raf Simons runway show, Italy, Japan, Australia

Something you want everyone to know about you:
My goal this summer is to host a DJ night where the music is stricly blog house/ electro house from the mid to late 2000s.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #2: GAYANCE

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PHOTO BY Bianca Des Jardins

When did you start DJing? 
I started in summer 2013. Then I’ve learn who to play with vinyls last summer.

First gig in Montreal: 
I did the first part of my friend STWO and Nouvel Âge in Belmont

Favorite party ever played: 
I’d say the last 24 Hour Of Vinyl in Montreal. I didn’t sleep, stayed at the party the whole time and I was DJing at 9am with my two favs: Mat Coates and DJ Asma. Good times!>

Favorite woman DJ:
Kronika is one of the illest in the game. Shout out to Eden Hagos as well!

Best record you’ve ever bought: 
I’d say Hollywood Recording by Sa-Ra Creative Partners.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN? 
Portable discs were all our best friends back in the day. I used to travel the whole city to go to school everyday. In certain culture, woman share the knowledge from generation to generation. Now, as we are DISCWOMAN, the knowledge has to be passed on by all these good DJs.

Pet peeve when DJing: Don’t ask me for some Drake, I will make an evil laugh and ignore you.

Do you dance when you DJ? YES, I’m a trained dancer. So yes yes yes, I dance when I do my transition and when the song goes on. Dance dance dance.

Can you DJ when wasted? 
I drink to be in the same universe as everyone, but I’m more of a stoner DJ.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten? 
High Klassified manager said something super sweet to me last weekend. “You’re like the one who put all these cats (Kaytranada, High Klassified etc) on the map, you are like the mama of the scene” That made me smile.

Place you’d like to play: 
I would cry if they give me a gig at Low End Theory in L.A. I’ve been there 3 times and this place is like mecca to me.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I’M THE BEST SELEKTA UNDER 25.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #1 SOFTCORESOFT

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PHOTO BY Thomas Archambault

When did you start DJing?
I started in the beginning of this year, but I had been thinking about if for a long time and was kind of afraid to jump in. Two years ago my partner, best friend and another close friend all pitched in to buy me a Native Instruments Z1 controller, and it sat in my room for a long time. Meanwhile I was dabbling into production, but came back to DJing, and as soon as I got my first gig, I knew it would stick around. I love sharing music that I like and make people vibe to it, there’s something so direct, and you can do it on a weekly basis.

First gig in Montreal:
At Nouveau Palais and Jacques Greene was there having a drink with my friend, I was so nervous.

Favorite party ever played:
I played a pretty epic party at Voro called Bang It Out (sometime late winter), I was opening for Shaydakiss and A-Rock. There were lots of people and they were really warming up to my music, but then it got busted by the cops and it turned into the most insane Mile-End house party of 2015. It was my second gig ever!

Favorite woman DJ:
My biggest crush is Kim Ann Foxman, her music is so groovy and her style is wicked. There’s so many other ones, they’re mostly really badass producers: Tokimonsta, Ellen Allien, Fatima Al Qadiri, Laurel Halo, Anja Schneider, Lena Willikens, etc

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Right now I’m really digging Terron’s Whites 003, So acid, so good.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
It’s a way to bring women and female identified DJs together not only to demonstrate to the world that we exist and that we are rad, but also to surrounded ourselves with women to look up to and exchange with.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Random dudes coming up and telling me when one of my mixes doesn’t quite work or when they tell me how great of a vinyl DJ they were “back then.” You can just suck my left one (wink wink to Bikini Kill!)

Do you dance when you DJ?
ALWAYS. A DJ that doesn’t dance or doesn’t like clubs and parties is suspicious. Smells like pretension.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Ummm, at least I’m under the impression that I can!

Place you’d like to play:
Moog, in Barcelona. I’ve had great and weird nights at that club while I was living there.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
That I LOVE karaoke. Some of my closest friends already know.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #8: LADY LIQUID

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When did you start DJing?
Well I started at the end of 2001.

First gig in Puerto Rico:
In June 23, 2002 at Ocean Park beach (Noche de san Juan).

Favorite party ever played:
That’s a hard question, but if I have to pick one should be the one that I had to open for Tiesto by 2007 at the Hiram Bithorn Coliseum.

Favorite woman DJ:
I guess Sandra collins would be my favorite woman DJ.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
It was Emerge by Fischerspooner, it was my first and it only cost me a dollar , and later on it became my lucky charm record.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
When I first heard the term DISCWOMAN I thought it was a really good name, it reminded me of ‘Girls on Vinyl’- a all girl DJ party. ‘Discwoman’ is like maybe an evolution of that concept. Instead of girls, we are now women in the industry.

Do you dance when you DJ?
I can dance when I play. Sometimes I like to really concentrate and I stand still but I’m pretty sure something is moving by itself.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yes I can play in every condition even though my hardcore days are behind me, nowadays I take it a lot more serious and dedicated.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Every soul that comes to me and says you’ve changed my life because of the emotions that I felt with your music.

Place you’d like to play:
Japan.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #6: PAYOLA ISABEL

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When did you start DJing?
4 years ago

First gig in Puerto Rico:
A private party

Favorite party ever played:
A party in Old San Juan called “Baldechú”

Favorite woman DJ:
Karin Dreirjer, Mamacita and Tokimonsta.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
I don’t have a specific one.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
It is lIke, “THIS woman”.

Pet peeve when DJing:
When people ask requests.

Do you dance when you DJ?
A lot! My hair is all over the place.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yes. Of course.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
“te quiero poner como me pone tu música”

Place you’d like to play:
For me it’s not about the place, but the people and the party itself. Specially in Puerto Rico where there isn’t a specific venue and all of them modify it’s ambience a lot.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I’m very distracted and I also have ADHD and some dyslexia. Also, I like to share the music that I like.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #5: GERA

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When did you start DJing?
I started djing in 2011.

First gig in Puerto Rico:
My first gig was in The Vatican. It was one of the most finest underground venues in Puerto Rico back then. Great memories.

Favorite party ever played:
Verboten New York! It was amazing! Great vibe and excellent sound system. Can’t wait to go back!

Favorite woman DJ:
Nina Kraviz, Ellen Allien, Bella Sarris, Magda, Maayan Nidam, Maya Jane Coles.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
I think It would probably be Ellen Allien & Apparat from Bpitch Label. To me it is a very special record, great to have.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
Is a inspiring movement based on a group of talented female artist that are focus to empower young women. I’m very flattered to be part of this authentic event.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Requests & Conversations (while I’m playing)

Do you dance when you DJ?
Of course!

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Best compliments? The ones to come.

Place you’d like to play:
Berlin, Detroit, Mexico, Russia

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I am extremely passionate & hardworking when it comes to music. I am always looking for new things and ways to innovate my performance and my productions. It is a blessing for me to be able to share what I love with people and to feel how they embrace it, is just magic!

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #4: UMFANG

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Photo BY Nieto Dickens

When did you start DJing? 
2009

First gig: 
BOTNET at Emerald Space in Kansas City

Favorite party ever played: 
Most recently Terry Radio Satellite Party at Negative Space in Kansas City. Two people gave me mixtapes and we danced with the lights on for like an hour after it ended. Massive positive creative energy there.

Favorite woman DJ: 
Lori Napoleon / Venus X

Best record you’ve ever bought: 
Chupacabra “Aw Yeah” / Everything Omar S.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN? 
A DJ channelling the feminine.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Strangers in the booth

Do you dance when you DJ? 
Yes

Can you DJ when wasted? 
Yes

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Opening SUSTAIN-RELEASE

Place you’d like to play:
A woodland rave in Europe at sunrise.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I really believe that everything relates back to techno.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #2: FIASCO

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Photo BY Nieto Dickens

When did you start DJing?
I started djing in 2010.

First gig in Puerto Rico:
My first unofficial gig back home was at Café 103 in Río Piedras. Very fun night.

Favorite party ever played:
Too many to even pick one!

Favorite woman DJ:
Tokimonsta, Nina Kraviz, Maya Jane Coles, Aurora Halal, Tamara Sky and Louisahhh!!!

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Wiseblood- Motorslug

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
A movement of real badass girls, who aren’t scared of going hard behind decks and are driven by music and nightlife.

Pet peeve when DJing:
REQUESTS.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Always. It’s more of a ‘foot tapping-head bouncing’ kind of dance.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
I was djing at Bossa Nova one night, and someone left a note that said “You’re set was sick.” That was pretty cool.  He did disappear after leaving the note on the mixer. Where in the world is ‘The Note Writer’?

Place you’d like to play:
Berlin. Ibiza. México.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I love playing and making music more than anything in the world, and I love being able to share this with people. I’m currently working on my EP, under the moniker Lola Pistola, due this summer.