DT674 – Sidney Charles
It’s not often a DJ can stamp their authority on a genre so much that it gets its own label, but Sidney Charles is one. Over the last ten years or so, this is exactly what has helped establish Charles as one of the house’s most vital players.
Both as a DJ and a producer, Charles favours rough, dirty sounds that defined the old school pioneers, but all with a modern, full and punchy approach. His signature tunes like ‘House Lessons’ and ‘Warehouse Romance’ established this early on, and since then the artist has honed in on evermore irresistible rhythms on key labels like Truesoul, Hot Creations and Saved. His upfront, dark, hard-hitting take on house is about physicality and making your body move. He wants to get you jacked up on the dance floor and keep you there. He does so with a mixing technique drawn from his long-standing love of hip hop and battle DJs: beat matching, subtle scratching and tight, quick, energetic mixes that move things along at a pace.
His love of direct rhythms stems back to A Tribe Called Quest’s seminal Low-End Theory album, which was the first in hip hop to really focus on the power of the drums and placement of them in the mix. After initially being a hip hop DJ who peaked with a warm-up set for the legendary Xzibit, house music really turned Sidney’s ear: he’d grown up with it all around him as his mother was a music journalist with Strictly Rhythm promos arriving on a regular basis, but only later did he grow to appreciate its more immediate sense of energy and drive, coupled with the funk he loved from hip hop.
These days based in the laidback and sunny climate of Portugal, where he has time to surf, relax and more room to think about his work than in the hustle and bustle of Berlin, he is continuing to mature as an artist. His brand new label, Heavy House Society, whose name says it all: it will be a label that deals in heavy, forward-looking, rhythm orientated house music. With a background as an A&R at Avotre a few years ago, Sidney will bring those skills to the new label as his love of unearthing hot new talents continues.
Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
This podcast presents my sound from my fav artist atm!
What’s your personal favourite track on it?
The last track Bodeler – Mandatory Trip. Will come out on my label Heavy House Society this month including Tripmastaz remix. It has been one of my secret weapons over the last months.
What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
Groovy, trippy vibes with energetic grooves.
What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
Fabrik Madrid for Carl Cox.
What have you got coming up?
South America Tour in December, Asia and Australia in January and February. I got an EP coming on Do Not Sleep with Demuir Remix. A remix for my good friend Luuk Van Dijk And also my Debut EP on my own label Heavy House Society.
And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Love u, byyyyyyeee!
AWSI – Nunchako RENDR
Aron Volta – Higher Self PIV
Seb Zito – 4 Ever (Richy Ahmed Remix)
Sidney Charles – Sub Society HEAVY HOUSE SOCIETY
Toman – Don’t Hesitate NOART
Barem – Hollow HEAVY HOUSE SOCIETY
Rich Nxt – Rex (East End Dubz Remix) FUSE
Sebo K – New Steps – KWENCH
SIS – Nesrib (Archie Hamilton Remix) CECILLE
Seb Zito – 10AM Fuse – FUSE
Sidney Charles – Raveheart – HEAVY HOUSE SOCIETY
Bodeler – Mandatory Trip – HEAVY HOUSE SOCIETY