Introducing Charlotte de Witte

1. When and how did you get into DJ’ing? What about production?

I started being involved with underground, electronic music when I was about 17 years old and started going out more in Ghent instead of the local parties thrown in Evergem, a city next to Ghent where I lived for about 12 years. I simply fell in love with the music and started making short mixtapes of about 15 minutes, initially for myself, to listen to when I was on my way to school. After a while, I played my first DJ set in a youth center in Evergem. Things got better, I got better and the ball started rolling.

I started producing about 3 years ago. I started realizing that playing music wasn’t just a hobby in its passing phase, but something that was there to stay. My passion for music grew, and thus, also the fascination to make music myself. Learning how to produce tracks was a long and difficult proces for me, even a bit frustrating if I can be honest. It took me a long time to get to know the system and grow confident enough. I learned how to enjoy and love it, it’s quite amazing actually to create your own music. To play them out in front of a crowd and see them love it, is the best feeling in the world.

2. Who are some artists that have inspired you all along?

Too many.. I love the Ostgut Ton, Berlin artists such as Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Len Faki, but also Hans Bouffmyhre, Scuba, Stephan Bodzin, Recondite, NT89, TWR72, Attaque, Gesaffelstein, Nina Kraviz, Alan Fitzpatrick, Dustin Zahn, Ricardo Garduno, Andre Kronert, Samuel L. Session, Dubspeeka.. I’ve met some amazing people already and I’m very lucky to call some of them my friends. Nima, this one’s for you!

3. What’s your favorite track to play out in your sets these days?

Ben Klock – Sirens (Original Mix), released digitally on Ostgut Ton’s Zehn compilation.

4. What do you feel is the biggest highlight or accomplishment of your career so far?

I would say receiving a golden record for “You’re Mine”, a track that got released early 2015 featuring the belgian singer Oscar & The Wolf. (I like to keep my options open when it comes to producing music. With “You’re Mine”, I wanted to make a slower techno track. I enjoy working together with vocalists as well, besides producing the techno 128 BPM stuff.)

5. Who’s your dream collaborator and why?

For a vocalist, I’d love to work with Lera Lynn, an amazing singer from Texas I got to know by watching True Detective S02.

As for other producers, I’d basically like to collaborate with all the artists mentioned in the answer to question 2. The list just doesn’t stop!

6. What’s the biggest ‘DJ fail’ that happened do you during a set?

One thing I’ll never forget is the night I was playing in Culture Club, a club in Ghent that had its reopening. Actually they were still fixing things last minute, one of which was the sound system of the club. When I started my set, they still had to solder the cables, causing terrible noise and a lot of bad looking smoke behind the booth. Didn’t take too long to fix it though, around 10 minutes, but I suppose people thought it was my doing. To me it was all quite exciting.

Another thing that happened was when I was playing in a club in Dublin. I was about to start my set when the entire club got evacuated because of a bomb scare. The bomb scare turned out to be a false alarm and when I continued my set after a 30 minute delay it turned out to be a EDM club with a dislike for techno music. I suppose playing in front of a crowd that doesn’t enjoy your music is always a fail, you just can’t please the crowd. Well, that night was a huge fail. You could almost call it a good thing that the bomb scare shortened my set.

Click here to check out her ‘Weltschmerz’ EP coming out on December 11th

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