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Birth nameHeather Robinson
Also known asDJ Heather
Born (1969-04-17) April 17, 1969 (age 55)
Brooklyn, NY
  • house music
  • house
  • DJ
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
Years active1990-present

Heather Robinson (born April 17th, 1969) better known by her stage name DJ Heather, is an American DJ, singer, and songwriter. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she moved to the Chicago area when she was seven years old. She is a resident DJ at Smartbar[1] in Chicago, Illinois.


DJ Heather started DJing in 1991 at the Artful Dodger[2] in Wicker Park, Chicago. She incorporates a wide variety of genres into her DJ sets including hip-hop, house, jazz, soul, R&B, disco classics, and rare groove.

She became a resident at the house music club Red Dog and was an employee at many record stores and distributors, including Record Exchange (1989-90), Wax Trax! Records[3] (1990-92), Southern Record Distro (1993-94), and Gramaphone Records[4] (1994-98) in the Lakeview neighborhood.

In 1997, DJ Heather co-founded the all-female DJ group Superjane with DJ Colette, DJ Dayhota.[5] DJ Lady D would later join.[6] In that same year, Robinson became the first African-American woman to become a resident of Smartbar.[7] Her residency at the nightclub on Chicago’s Northside is now in its fourth incarnation.

Thus far, she has contributed two DJ mixes to the BBC Essential Mix (2002 and 2003).[8] In 2002, she was the first African American woman to DJ in South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town[9]). That same year, she was the first African American woman named a resident of Fabric Nightclub[10] (London) as well as becoming the first winner of "Breakthrough DJ” at the inaugural DanceStar USA Awards[11] (Miami).

In 2003, Robinson was the first African American woman to mix DJ Mag’s DJ International All Stars mix CD[12] and in 2004 became the first African American woman to DJ mix a compilation album for the Fabric Mix Series with Fabric 21 - DJ Heather.[13]

In 2005, DJ Heather her label and production umbrella with Blackcherry Recordings.[14] In 2006, DJ Heather and DJ Colette released their House Of OM double disc[15] and toured with her to support the commercially released DJ mixed compilation. DJ Heather followed up this release with 2007’s OM Summer Sessions 2[16] with Onionz. She then joined fellow OM Records label artists - Colette, Fred Everything, and Andy Caldwell - on the House of OM tour throughout North America that same year.

DJ Heather was featured on the Boiler Room broadcast mix series twice with 2015’s Boiler Room Chicago DJ Set[17] and 2017’s Ray-Ban x Boiler Room Weekender.[18] Over the years, DJ Heather has played at Ministry Of Sound (London), Pacha (Ibiza), The End (London), Amnesia (Ibiza) Cielo (NY) Turnmills (London), and Sub Club (Glasgow). In addition to using her own name — as Heather, and DJ Heather — she has made recordings under her many aliases, like Dulce Caramel, Dulce Caramelo, Mrs. Robinson, The Control Group, and Children Of Divorce.


DJ Mixes

  • Ascension (Unknown) (as DJ Heather)
  • Molasses (Unknown) (as DJ Heather)
  • Pepto (Unknown) (as DJ Heather)
  • Love Muscle (Unknown) (as DJ Heather)
  • Tangerine (2000) (as DJ Heather)[19]
  • Respect Is Burning / Sorted (2000) (as DJ Heather, with Bob Sinclar and J Dub)
  • Sonar Presents DJ Heather: Dancefloor Principles (2003) (as DJ Heather)[20]
  • DJ International Allstars (2003) (as DJ Heather)[12]
  • Fabric 21 (2005) (as DJ Heather)
  • Fabric 21 (Radio Mix) (2005) (as DJ Heather)
  • House Of OM (2006) (as DJ Heather, with DJ Colette)[15]
  • OM Summer Sessions 2 (2007) (as DJ Heather, with Onionz)[16]
  • Boiler Room Chicago DJ Set (2015) (as DJ Heather)[17]
  • Ray-Ban x Boiler Room Weekender (2017) (as DJ Heather)[18]


  • "Tripping Among The Stars (Volume 1)" (1997) (as Derrick Carter's Sound Patrol Orchestra, with Derrick Carter)
  • "Bitchin'" (1999) (as DJ Heather, with Johnny Fiasco)
  • "Somethin' Else” (2000) (as DJ Heather, with 2nd Shift)[21]
  • "An Evening In The Listening Room" (2001) (as DJ Heather, with 2nd Shift)[22]
  • "Soundz" (2002) (as DJ Heather, with Johnny Fiasco)[23]
  • "Numbers" (2002) (as Dulce Caramel, with Harrison Crump)
  • "Are You Ready For The Future" (2003) (as DJ Heather, with 2nd Shift)[24]
  • "Make Me Believe In You" (2003) (as DJ Heather, with Behind The Groove Featuring Jackie Green)[25]
  • "That Thang" (2004) (as DJ Heather, with Fred Everything)[26]
  • "We Used To Party" (2003) (as DJ Heather, with Swirl People)[27]
  • "Everything's Electric" (2004) (as DJ Heather, with Brett Johnson)[28]
  • "Picture Of You Pt. 1" (2005) (as DJ Heather, with East Coast Boogiemen)[29]
  • "Picture Of You Pt. 2" (2005) (as DJ Heather, with East Coast Boogiemen)
  • "Move It" (2005) (as Dulce Caramelo, with Johnny Fiasco)[30]
  • "That Thang (Unreleased Extended Remix)" (2005) (as DJ Heather, with Fred Everything)
  • "Affection" (2005) (as DJ Heather, with Formidable Force)[31]
  • "Mouth (No Assembly Firm's .dotbleep Mix)" (2006) (as Heather, with No Assembly Firm)[32]
  • "Picture Of You (The Lost Negatives EP)" (2006) (as DJ Heather, with East Coast Boogiemen)[33]
  • "When I Think Of You" (2006) (as DJ Heather, with Swirl People)[34]
  • "Soundz Remixes" (2015) (as DJ Heather, with Johnny Fiasco)[35]
  • "Driving" (2016) (as Heather, with Dirty Sole)[36]
  • "Stay With Me" (2020) (as DJ Heather, with Change Request)[37]

Extended Plays

  • Bump This Groove EP (2006) (as DJ Heather, with Slater Hogan & John Larner)[38]

Long Plays

  • An Evening In The Listening Room LP (2001) (as Heather, with 2nd Shift)[39]

Compilation Albums

  • House Of Om (2006) (as DJ Heather)


  • Dance Star Award - Breakthrough DJ (2002)[11]


  1. "Residents | Smartbar". 2018-01-24. Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  2. "Artful Dodger Pub". Chicago Bar Project. Retrieved 2023-07-07.
  3. "DJ Series: DJ Heather thinks locally, spins globally". WBEZ Chicago. 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  4. "Chicago's dance music mecca - Near West". Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  5. Galil, Leor (2022-10-14). "Chicago dance collective Superjane celebrate 25 years of throwing parties and elevating women in dance". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2023-07-24.
  6. McCarthy, Zel (2013-08-26). "Colette Switches Sound on 'When The Music's Loud' Album". Billboard. Retrieved 2023-07-07.
  7. "DJ Heather | Smartbar". 2023-01-07. Retrieved 2023-07-07.
  8. "Release group "2003-04-20: BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix" by DJ Heather - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2023-07-12.
  9. "M-Audio - Acclaimed audio interfaces, studio monitors, and keyboard controllers". Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  10. "DJ Heather - fabric 21". fabric. Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Staff, Billboard (2002-03-26). "Fatboy Slim Nabs Two DanceStar USA Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 2023-07-12.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Release "DJ Mag International Allstars: DJ Heather" by DJ Heather - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2023-11-08.
  13. "Winter Masquerade w/ DJ HEATHER (Apollo, Blackcherry : Chicago) + @ Meow Wolf Santa Fe, NM - January 24th 2020 8:00 pm". Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  14. "Blackcherry Recordings – From I". From I. 2018-07-27. Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Colette - House of Om Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic, retrieved 2023-11-08
  16. 16.0 16.1 DJ Heather - Summer Sessions, Vol. 2 Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic, retrieved 2023-11-08
  17. 17.0 17.1 "DJ Heather". BOILER ROOM. Retrieved 2023-11-08.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "DJ Heather". BOILER ROOM. Retrieved 2023-11-08.
  19. DJ Heather - Tangerine Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic, retrieved 2023-11-08
  20. DJ Heather - Dancefloor Principles Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic, retrieved 2023-11-08
  21. "2nd Shift feat. Heather - Somethin' Else". Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  22. "2nd Shift - An Evening in the Listening Room". Retrieved 2023-11-08.
  23. "Johnny Fiasco, DJ Heather - Soundz". Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  24. "2nd Shift feat. Heather - Are You Ready For The Future (Incl. Halo & Jamie Thinnes Mix)". Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  25. Make Me Believe in You - Single by Behind the Groove & Jackie Green, 2003-10-03, retrieved 2023-11-01
  26. That Thang by DJ Heather, Fred Everything - Track Info | AllMusic, retrieved 2023-11-01
  27. When I Think Of You, 2006-10-02, retrieved 2023-11-08
  28. "Brett Johnson And DJ Heather - Everythings Electric". Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  29. "Picture Of You Pt. 1 – East Coast Boogiemen & DJ Heather – DNR Vinyl". Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  30. "Boombox Vol.1/JOHNNY FIASCO|CLUB/DANCE|ディスクユニオン・オンラインショップ|". ディスクユニオン通販サイト (in 日本語). Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  31. "Formidable Force feat. DJ Heather - Affection / Lil Freq (Incl. Chuck Love Remix)". Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  32. "Iz & Diz - Mouth (Remixes)". Retrieved 2023-11-01.
  33. Metason, East Coast Boogiemen & DJ Heather - Picture Of You (The Lost Negatives EP), retrieved 2023-11-01
  34. When I Think of You (Featuring Heather) [Main Mix] by Swirl People featuring Heather, 2006-10-02, retrieved 2023-11-01
  35. Buy Soundz (remixes) by Johnny Fiasco/DJ Heather on MP3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF & ALAC at Juno Download, retrieved 2023-11-01
  36. "Dirty Sole feat. DJ Heather - Driving". Retrieved 2023-07-12.
  37. "Stay With Me (Original Mix) - Change Request, DJ Heather". Retrieved 2023-07-12.
  38. Buy Bump This Groove by Slater Hogan/John Larner feat DJ Heather on MP3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF & ALAC at Juno Download, retrieved 2023-11-01
  39. "2nd Shift - An Evening in the Listening Room". Retrieved 2023-11-01.

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