Charlotte de Witte is one of the most sought-after DJs in the world right now, and has been for a while. The Belgian born artist just took the top spot on Beatport’s Alternative Top 100 DJs chart of 2020.
In her interview with Pollstar, Charlotte answered the question to describe what techno is.
”A very difficult question. Music is something you experience and how you do this strongly depends on yourself as an individual, which makes it hard to pin down in words. What’s fast for some is slow for others.
According to Google, “Techno is a style of fast, heavy electronic dance music, typically with few or no vocals.” It doesn’t necessarily sound happy. It touches the darker side of the music spectrum. It’s stripped and repetitive and is initially made to be played in sweaty underground venues.
The last couple of years, Techno got big. Mayor festivals started programming Techno acts on the main stage, which brought the genre to another level. This somewhat interferes with its underground origin and causes lots of food for thought for the online community.
In the end, I don’t think it matters what something is called. I also believe that putting things into boxes only can only lead to limitations. In the end it comes down to this: If it’s good, it’s good.”
”It must be said that in 2020, I’ve felt a bit left in the dark. It’s hard to see a scene that I love so dearly, suffer so much. I’m talking about DJs, artists, managers, tour managers, booking agents, club and festival owners, stage builders, suppliers, sound and light engineers, security, ticket offices…
Everyone involved in the entertainment sector has been left behind by their government. There has been a serious lack of support or perspective. In a lot of cases, their silence has been deafening. ”