The dark side of techno music lies in the hands of up and coming Belgian DJ and producer Charlotte de Witte
You get goosebumps when you first listen to Charlotte de Witte's original mixes. It's not uncommon when a smashing techno track hits you in all the right places, but unlike the uplifting nature of the genre, the 24-year-old's sound takes you to a darker place — for better for worse. Her music journey funnily started on an unfortunate note. After going through a road accident in her late teens, the insurance money she acquired propelled her to purchase a CDJ, a Pioneer mixer and MacBook. As her second track from newly-released EP Our Journey (a debut on Glasgow label Sleaze Records) chants, "When the going gets rough...", the rough get cracking.
"Dark music contains much more emotion," she said in an interview. "When I'm DJ'ing I want to try and touch the crowd and tell a story with the music. Of course I want them to party, get loose and have fun but at the same time I want them to remember the music long after the lights go up."
With six albums to her name and festival slots in Wonderland and Awakenings in Amsterdam and Tomorrowland in Belgium this year, de Witte's an alternative to the happy-clappy groove of techno. Embrace the dark side with her this weekend. In the meantime, listen to a crash course of her music below.