Heidi Mortenson

Heidi Mortenson grew up listening to the metallic sounds of her dad fixing cars in the garage and her mum playing the organ. Her first audio modulations began on a small cassette player, La Bamba was a favorite. As a teenager Heidi moved to Barcelona and grew up in the Spanish ghetto. 

In Barcelona Mortenson began experimenting with recording herself singing inside a washing machine, rebuilding a telephone receiver into a microphone, hooking up with a walkie-talkie system and payed the rent from DJ gigs. After playing her very first concert Heidi was selected Resident Artist 2002-03 at the annual experimental LEM Festival in Graçia. She then packed her bags and went on a European tour with visual artist SOLU, with whom she later performed the Opening Act of Transmediale Festival 2004 in Berlin. 

Entitled as a OneWomanBand Heidi then moved to Berlin. Here she iniciated a series of events called Wired Nights which idealy were a playground for her and her music friends, a place to improvise and try new ideas. The events were often described as fun and chaotic and unpredictable theatre pieces of entertaining quality. The Wired Nights turned into the record label Wired Records which was founded by Heidi in 2005 when she was to release her debut album with money she had received from a fund. 

Mortenson's music is colorful, textured and odly edged. Approached with a nerdytorial charm her songs space travel through sound experiments and visit seriousness vs. self-irony in a twisted pop production. Add emotional drive, a mentalist flavor and soul of old cartoon. 

Live Mortenson is an entertaining entity full of surprices and tricks up her sleeve. She is known for involving her audiences and making them feel part of a lively experience. Part of her performance consists of live sampling, beatbox and vocal instruments, creating songs instantly by her vocal abilities. Sultry, silly, soulful, and playful. Heidi has toured Canada and the US both on the east coast and west coast with two full length album releases so far. Her latest project is 500 handpainted vinyls. The EP is a limited edition single sided 12" with etchings and unique handmade painting on each record. 

Mortenson is also working as a producer for other bands and can on rare ocasions be seen playing with her bearded band The Uncontrollables.