In case there’s one DJ going to surprise the world, it’s Charlotte de Witte. Never avoiding a test, continually malling her vocation and music the manner in which she imagines it. Also, burning through a horde of firm, agressive techno sets across Europe each and every weekend.No shock then, at that point, that the remainder of the world is calling for Charlotte.
Charlotte de Witte’s Early Life
Belgium’s Charlotte de Witte produces dark, driving techno that focuses on stark, pounding rhythms, occasionally incorporating shreds of haunting melodies or vocals, as on EPs such as 2018’s The Healer.
Born in Ghent, Charlotte first started to DJ in 2010, when she was 17. She initially adopted the pseudonym Raving George so that people would concentrate on her DJ skills rather than her gender. Initially, she played electro-house and EDM, and got her first big break by winning a Studio Brussel DJ contest and spinning at the Tomorrowland festival in 2011. She returned to the festival several times and became a resident DJ at Studio Brussel, in addition to performing at other festivals such as I Love Techno and Pukkelpop. She began producing tracks as Raving George in 2013, releasing EPs on Bad Life and Crux Records before scoring a hit with the 2015 single “You’re Mine,” which featured Oscar and the Wolf (Belgian vocalist Max Colombie).
By 2015, Charlotte‘s sound had switched to a darker, more straightforward brand of techno. She decided to drop her pseudonym and go by her real name, as she had fully established her career and felt no need to hide behind a misleading pseudonym. Her Weltschmerz EP was issued by Tiga‘s Turbo label at the end of 2015, and additional releases soon appeared on imprints like Amazone Records, Mary Go Wild Black, and NovaMute. She maintained a residency at the Brussels club Fuse, and became an in-demand DJ across the globe.
She appeared on the cover of DJ Mag in 2017, and recorded an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 in 2018, shortly before the release of her second NovaMute EP, The Healer. Over the next few years, Charlotte continued a slow drip of EP releases, all maintaining her dark rhythms and tendencies towards vocal samples. In 2019, she issued the EPs Pressure and Selected, and also crafted an ominous remix for Eats Everything‘s track “Space Raiders.” The next year, she offered up two more EP releases, Visionand Return to Nowhere.
After already having toured Asia and Canada, she’s ready to conquer the world. Few dj’s belong to the group that can work on that level – from the biggest stages to the sweatiest basement raves.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 Brussel, Belgium’s leading radio station, and at KNTXT de Witte’s residency at Brussels Techno institution Fuse.Her agressive, stripped-down approach to her own tracks is a testament to that beforementioned dark side, while the tracks also often feature her own vocals. “Making music really gives me a chance to tap into the more emotional side of electronic music that I love. Music that has that melancholic side to it, I just find it so much more interesting, whether DJ’ing, producing or just listening myself at home.”
Charlotte de Witte has returned to unleash her sweltering three-track EP Asura on her very own label KNTXT. Following her August released remix of Age Of Love‘s 1990 trance classic “The Age Of Love” with Enrico Sangiuliano, the Belgian techno superstar’s newest offering travels back in time for some welcoming inspiration from her underground roots. On the EP, de Witte shares,charlotte’s EP features a compact selection of high-octane tracks, all of which made their appearance in her September BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. She released her previous EP Formula earlier this year in April when she also performed her fourth New Form mix at Italy’s Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello racetrack.