DJ Q/A with Heidy. P

March 8, 2014 in DJs, Events, images, Words by Mark Vicente

I’m so excited that the THUMP crew gets to throw a party with this cool cat this Saturday at The Royal Phoenix. Here’s what she had to say about DJing.1607098_424393124362624_2013711726_n

Mark Vicente: What inspired you to become a DJ?
Heidy.P: I became a dj because of radio. It all started with this radio show I was hosting on CISM 89,3FM, Ce soir on danse. I was 19 years old then and did the show for 7 years. Not long after starting hosting it, a friend asked me to be a guest dj at a night he was doing at Saphir. I agreed and ended up liking it a lot. Soon after, I convinced Korova owner (back then it was Jose…remember when korova had a dragon head behind the bar?) to give me a weekly on Sundays, Week-ends never end. My music taste changed a lot throughout the yeas and I slowly shifted from a more post-punk/indie sound to house and techno.

Mark Vicente:Why do you think Club Culture is important in today’s society?
Heidy.P:I think club culture is important in a society cause people tend to be more open minded in nightlife. It can be a way to change people pre-conceived idea and let them explore their creativity.

Mark Vicente:Describe your perfect party
Heidy.P:A perfect party relies on a good soundsystem. If you have enough bass the rest should follow. Also having an open minded crowd that is there for the music and not just to do drugs is an important factor. I’m also into discovering new spaces. There was a Resident advisor mini documentary about the club culture in Paris and the promoter was explaining how finding the perfect spot was part of the thrill. He’d take a scooter trip to find perfect places a little outside Paris. I really hope to be able to do that at some point; drag Montrealers outside of their comfort zone (Plateau/Mile-end) and throw parties in warehouses, unusual buildings or even remote fields or lakes…

Mark Vicente:what is one of you proudest moments as a DJ
Heidy.P:Last Saturday at Montreal en Lumières was a moving experience. I got to DJ for 4 hours in front of 10 000 people at Place-des-Arts. It was freaking cold but most of the people at the front stayed for the whole set and danced their asses off. The crowd was way younger than I’m used to (at the front at least) so it was a challenge to keep them enthusiastic for the whole set but it the end I was able to balance my old school house with newer bassy sounds and it worked just fine. It was a rewarding experience.

Mark Vicente:What do you love about the Montreal Electronic Music Scene and what could it improve on?
Heidy.P:I really love what has been happening in the Montreal electronic music scene in the past few years. There are a lot of new players that keep the scene healthy (Forbidden Planet, Booma Collective, Morning Fever, Thump,…) . Now what has to improve is the city’s obsession to shut down after parties and give fines to clubs due to noise complaints. We’ll see how things change with Coderre open to the idea of keeping certain bars open until 6am.

Mark Vicente:What kind of experience can people expect from a night with Heidy Pinet?
Heidy.P:I consider myself equally a host and a dj. I’m in the nightlife for the love of music but also for the love of partying. I like to talk people coming to my shows and I try to make them feel at home. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure everything is perfect and everybody is having a good time. I’m not afraid to drop some classics here and there to make people smile. I’m tryng to make it as fun as possible and I’m not affraid to go from house to techno to disco and mix things around.

Come see Heidy. P at THUMP tonight!

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