Heavy Music, Deep Thoughts: An Interview With Heavygrinder
Part of the “Women in EDM” feature series.
If you’re not yet familiar with Heavygrinder‘s music, you might know her from Facebook: The Los Angeles based DJ has become a social media star, thanks to her frequent sharing of cute animal pictures and memes that range from hilarious to heart-melting. But she truly made a name for herself onstage, making edgy, interesting, metal-tinged dance music that’s unique even in the ever-expanding sea of EDM artists.
As a woman in an industry that still seems dominated by men at times, DJ Heavygrinder has faced down any adversity thrown her way and proven herself on the merits of her music. In between a hectic schedule of playing shows and writing music, she made time to tell Sensible Reason about her experiences in the industry and her path to success.
Sensible Reason: What has your experience as a woman in the [EDM] industry been? Have you faced any unique struggles or triumphs in what is sometimes described as a “man’s world”, or do you see that description as incorrect?
Heavygrinder: As one of the first females in the industry, I have to admit that for many years my career path was riddled with misogynistic adversities — everything from sexual harassment to threats, “suggestive” business proposals and so forth — but all that just made me more resilient and dedicated to do things my way, to never cave in, to make it so others won’t have to go through what I’ve had to endure.
SR: Who are some of your favorite female EDM artists/DJs?
HG: My favorite female artists is DJ Heather. She’s been dominant in the house scene since day one and is definitely a role model for aspiring females in the industry.
SR: What or who are your biggest musical influences?
HG: Pantera, Deiside, Justice, Gackt, L’arn en Ciel and Cannibal Corpse.
SR: You seem to have roots in metal genres – was that something that came prior to your EDM experience? How does that influence your work?
HG: I’ve been a metal head ever since my teen years — way before EDM was a thing — so it was only a matter of time until such an integral part of my life made its way into my work.
SR: What can fans do to support women in the industry?
HG: Come out to their shows, purchase their music and — perhaps the most important thing — treat them with respect. Being a gentleman never runs out of style!
SR: What do you see the future holding for you, and for women in EDM as a whole?
HG: I believe things have changed in the last few years. Women are getting more respect that ever before, so I’d say the future is looking bright and everyone should focus on the music instead of the gender.