The rise of Belgian techno spinner Charlotte de Witte has been nothing short of meteoric. The next-gen superstar came to prominence just a few years ago (though has spent over 10 years working her way up), appearing on DJ Mag’s UK cover in September 2017. At the time, de Witte was quickly rising up the ranks thanks to oft-streamed festival performances of pulsing, acid-licked techno across Europe, and her popular KNTXT club-nights at Brussels club Fuse.
Since then de Witte has gone on to play the Tomorrowland mainstage (a spot rarely graced by techno DJs), started her own KNTXT label, and become a resident on BBC Radio 1, a slot which got extended this year. De Witte says her new label — which launched in September with a collaborative EP of warehouse-ready stompers from her and Chris Liebing — is “one of my biggest achievements of the year, and definitely one I’m very proud of”. As part of the new wave of techno talent making their way into the Top 100 DJs poll this year, de Witte has marked herself as one of the genre’s biggest DJs in no uncertain terms.
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Open communication and avoiding click-bait entertainment about DJs on social media.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“Constantly, by treating people the same way and expecting no different treatment myself. It’s not necessary to have a gender-balanced – 50/50 – line-up, but it is necessary to have equal opportunities for both males and females.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“I’m avoiding the use of single-use plastics – also included on my rider – and I’m looking for ways to compensate for the emission of CO2 from all the flights I take.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“I always loved playing outside, building camps. I was either outside or playing Pokémon on my GameBoy.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?