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Conversations with the Inspiring Heather Liggins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Liggins.

Meet Heather is a DJ, producer and creative. She’s studied at Beat Junkies in Los Angeles, to sharpen her skills and master the art of DJing. Heather is known for making crowds move by playing unexpected flips to classic jams at venues in LA including The Friend Bar, El Dorado, and pop-up events.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Becoming a DJ has not been an easy path, especially in a male-dominated industry and social clout. I’ve had male DJs laugh in my face when I asked to open sets for them, which is wild. That energy and response really drove me to make sure my sets are flawless. If you’re a budding woman DJ, your best bet is to go out and meet other DJs, particularly men DJs, and connect with them as they’re dominant figures on the scene. You cannot be afraid to put yourself out there. It’s the only way you’re going to be seen and known in your career. Put those mixes out, practice every day (even if it’s for 30mins), ask DJs that you love and admire to open up a set for them. It helps in the long run! It’s not always going to be perfect or flawless but that experience helps sharpen your technique.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m an LA-based DJ. I slowly started becoming a DJ years ago (equipment is so expensive), so I had to patiently wait to get the funds so I can go underground and practice. It was a long road to DJ publicly (yes, I was a bedroom DJ at one point) — I just wasn’t confident enough to put my art out there. When I finally did, there was no turning back. I took some classes at Beat Junkies and Scratch Academy which strengthen my technique. I’ve also watched endless videos on YouTube by amazing DJs for creative mixing to add a signature style to my sets. It’s a beautiful experience as there are endless creative techniques you can learn. I think that’s what sets me apart. I’m always eager to learn beyond the basic techniques and shake things up when I’m DJing. One of the proudest moments I had was finally sharing my first short mix to the world. It was a beautiful experience to see how people love and support my art around the world.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
I might have mentioned this before but don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and put yourself out there. That’s the first (daunting) step. Connect with other DJs, especially women DJs too for support. They know the upward battle of getting started and will usually help you throughout your journey. Also, go to networking events! I was able to land so many gigs by DJ meetups, local girl gangs, and more! Most importantly, if you really want to DJ, check out some professional DJ classes or a session. It’s so valuable. If you don’t have the funds to do so, ask your friends to listen to a practice set. Practice is the key.

Contact Info:

  • Website: https://www.imheatherrose.com
  • Email: imheatherrose@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @imheatherrose
  • Facebook: @imheatherrose
  • Twitter: @imheatherrose

Image Credit:
Giovanni X DuBose and Lorenzo Diggins

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