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.