Heather Heart

Heather Heart
Birth name Heather Lotruglio
Also known as Heather Heather
Born 1971 (age 4445)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Origin New York City
Genres Techno
Occupation(s) Disc jockey
Instruments Turntable, Sampler, TB 303, TR 909
Years active 1992–present
Labels Sonic Groove, Magnetic North, Communique
Associated acts Frankie Bones, X-Heart
Notable instruments
Turntable, DJM 303, DJM 909

Heather Lotruglio (born 1971), better known as Heather Heart, is an American New York based techno DJ.

In 1991, her zine Under One Sky laid the foundation for a network of techno music fans across the US. In 1992, she began DJing, especially in the legendary Storm raves, alongside the brothers Frankie Bones and Adam X. In 1995 she co-founded Groove records, the first techno record store in the USA.

Life and musical career

Heather Heart grew up in the New York area and started clubbing in 1982. At the beginning of the underground dance music explosion influenced by the UK's "summer of love."[1]

In 1990 Heart, along with Frankie Bones and his brother, fellow DJ (and Heart's partner) Adam X, co-founded the first all-techno record store, Groove Record Shop, in Brooklyn.[2] Shortly afterwards, Heart began an underground techno music zine Under One Sky (Archived PDF from 1992 available here http://ravearchive.com/zines/underonesky/underonesky6.pdf), founded in 1991, which created a forum wherein the US and global dance music undergrounds could share ideas and, increasingly cultural and spiritual messages.[3] This work drew together fans, DJs, and producers within and across the US [4] and helped create a flourishing music scene.[5] In 1992 Heart began Djing, first under the name "Heather Heather," later changing it to Heather Heart. She became famous especially for djing the infamous Storm raves founded by fellow DJ Frankie Bones. The three have been called "The forefathers (and foremother) of New York techno." [6] In 1995 they moved the store to Manhattan, and renamed it Sonic Groove. This became the center of the underground techno scene and a fixture in dance music, where Heart was a crucial, friendly and knowledgeable presence.[7] About that time X and Heart began to throw their own parties under the name Mental.[8]

These venues and parties were the backbone of the New York underground music scene, as well as becoming "the model for every city with an underground dance scene."[9] In 1999, Heart was featured in the movie "Better Living Through Circuitry" about the US rave scene.[10] In 2015, she was listed in Mixmag's "20 Women who shaped the History of Dance Music." [11]



  1. http://www.massivemag.com/heather-heart-issue-21/
  2. "SONIC GROOVE RECORDS Biography". Sonic Groove Records. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  3. Graham St. John. Technomad: global raving countercultures. Equinox 2009, p. 73
  4. Mireille Silcott. Rave America: New School Dancescapes ECW Press, 1999; p. 14.
  5. Simon Reynolds. Generation Ecstasy. Routledge, 1999, p. 149.
  6. Sean O'Neal. "Sonic Groove" Philadelphia City Paper. October 18, 2001. http://citypaper.net/articles/101801/mus.pickb.shtml
  7. William Goldman. "Technocracy in America" New York Magazine. Jul 19, 1993, p. 16
  8. http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/magazine/new-york-techno
  9. M. Tve. Comer. "Mixed Signals" CMJ New Music Monthly. June 1999
  10. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0207998/
  11. http://mixmag.net/feature/20-women-who-shaped-the-history-of-dance-music/32

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