ADE has added Irvine Welsh, Nina Kraviz, Ricardo Villalobos, and Charlotte de Witte to its enormous list of names for 2017, as the biggest event in the international dance music calendar draws ever closer.
Running from 18th-22nd October this year, ADE- or Amsterdam Dance Event- is part conference, part unfathomably huge session, with addresses across the Dutch capital used for discussions, meetings, workshops and performances. 2,500 artists will be involved in the coming edition, with 140 locations set to be used during the five days.
If there’s one DJ riding the crest of a wave right now, it’s Belgian techno selector Charlotte de Witte.
Slaying European crowds each weekend with her heady and aggressive techno sets, Charlotte has just dropped her latest EP, titled 'Wisdom', and we're premiering the lead tune from the four-track packet right here, right now.
As part of our newly-launched DJ Mag HQ sessions, DJ, producer and Reiki healer, wAFF, is hitting our London offices for an exclusive live stream today, Friday 12th May.
DJ Mag HQ relaunches with this week with live streams from Charlotte de Witte, Sidney Charles and Santé.
Streamed live from the DJ Mag head office, fast-rising star de Witte kicks things off tomorrow (Thursday 27th April), spinning a DJ Mag HQ set on Facebook Live from 4pm-5:30pm.
De Witte will then be followed by Sidney Charles and Santé on Friday (28th April), with the former spinning a Facebook Live DJ Mag HQ session from 4pm-5pm, before the latter takes over for the following hour.
The latest delivery from techno’s rising star, Charlotte de Witte, is an EP teeming with chaotic, hypnotizing groove that has us hitting replay. The young Belgian recently relocated from her hometown of Ghent to Brussels, inspiring the title of this new release, ‘Our Journey’, on Glasgow-based Sleaze Records. Charlotte is no stranger to hypnosis – it’s a hallmark of her work and one of the things that first drew us to her over a year ago – but the title track of this EP is infused with a new twist, thanks to creepy vocals that reach into darker realms.
This week’s DJ Mag podcast comes to us via Turbo Recordings’ Charlotte de Witte, who has just released her latest EP, 'Sehnsucht', this week.
Born and raised in Belgium, de Witte has the techno world at her feet at the tender age of just 23.
Her podcast sees the rising star deliver an hour of techno slammers from the likes of Slam and Markus Suckut alongside a bevy of her own jagged-sounding productions.
“I love the darkness you find in electronic music,” explains de Witte, “especially within techno."
Why do women make up less than 10% of the bookings at festivals, or even on our own Top 100 DJs list? Is sexism inherent in our industry? And how can inequality be challenged?
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?
Sonus Festival have confirmed Charlotte de Witte, Amelie Lens, Bicep and more as part of its second wave of act announcements for this year's edition.
Also announced are Richie Hawtin, set to play DJ Mag's Best of North American awards show next month, DJ Koze, Derrick May, and a live set from Stephan Bodzin.