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506 – Charlotte de Witte


For all the emphasis on good times and euphoria in clubland there’s always been a dark side to electronic music, a side that 23 year old DJ/producer and one of Belgium’s most exciting new talents Charlotte de Witte has readily embraced.

“I love the darkness you find in electronic music,” explains de Witte, “especially within Techno. I find melancholic music so much more interesting and dark sounding Techno really attracts me. When I look at the main stages of some of the world’s most famous festivals and I see everyone dancing to this commercial, happy music, I don’t really understand it.”

Growing up with Belgium’s rich history of Electronic de Witte would discover Electro and Techno in her teens and was soon captivated by the hypnotic sounds she heard in the clubs around Ghent. By the age of 17 she had already made her debut behind the decks and her aggressive Techno sets soon caught the ears of some of Belgium’s biggest promoters, earning de Witte prime sets at festivals such as Pukkelpop, I Love Techno, Dour and Tomorrowland.

Today de Witte can include parties and festivals in the US, South Africa and all across Europe on her CV. Still her heart remains tied to the both the underground Techno scene and Belgium where she can be found championing new talent both on her Saturday night radio show, ‘Playground Charlotte de Witte’ on Studio Brussels, Belgium’s leading radio station, and at KNTXT de Witte’s new residency at Brussels Techno institution Fuse.

She drops in on our podcast this week, to deliver something very dark and very special, check out the mix above or download it from here

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
A collection of my favorite recently released tracks of this moment.

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
I’d go for Matt Mus – Carter (Original Mix). I discovered this track not too long ago and I’ve been playing it everywhere ever since. It’s an absolute killer and works super well on the floor. Great discovery! 

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
Hm, that’s a very tough question since this is a very personal and subjective thing. What makes it special for me is that I’m trying to build something and tell a story with tracks I’ve recently discovered but immediately grabbed my attention.

I discover good music all the time, but it’s quite hard for me to find music that would fit my set and thus my personality 100%. I guess this is what happened with a lot of the tracks in this tape. They became a part of my set very quickly and they’ll probably stay there for a while. They all make a lot of sense in my head.

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
For me, an absolute highlight of the summer was my set at Pukkelpop. When I look back at it, I still can’t believe how many people were present in that Boiler Room to go on that musical journey with me. Surrounded by so many happy faces, and finding yourself between other killer artists on the line up. The atmosphere is so intense that literally every bone in your body is living the moment. I still get goose bumps when I think of that day!

What have you got coming up?
I’m not playing that often in Belgium anymore since we’re focusing a lot on other countries. I’m as good as fully booked until the end of January 2017 so I’m extremely happy to see that it’s going so well. I’ll be visiting cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Laval, Lille, Rennes, Le Mans, Istanbul, Athens, Geneva, Las Vegas and many more to be announced soon, both in– and outside of Europe. In Belgium, I’ll have my residency at Fuse for my concept KNTXT about 5 times a year. Besides that, there are a couple of remixes coming up and a new EP of which I can’t tell you more about now, even though I’d really, really want to!

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
As a special message for the readers would be to just thank everyone for reading and for spending some of your precious time on me. I’ve got a long way left to go but it’s a very exciting one and I can’t wait to see some of you in clubs all over the world. That would make me really happy.

Several Definition – Antala (Original Mix)
Sian – Micropore (Original Mix)
Sin Sin – Break Down (Tom Laws Remix)
Charlotte de Witte – Repeat (Original Mix)
John V – Year Zero (Original Mix)
Charlotte de Witte – Trip (TWR72 Remix)
Marco Bailey – Plutonium (Keith Carnal Remix)
Matt Mus – Carter (Original Mix)
Secluded – Round 12 (Luigi Madonna Remix)
Gary Beck – Big Smoke (Original Mix)
Truncate  – 86 (Original Mix)

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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