Charles Green: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix
Today's 'Shine A Light On' mix comes courtesy of Charles Green, who's honed his considerable DJ craft as a resident at Brighton club Patterns and also Corsica Studios' Jaded party. As a promoter, he's given the likes of Function, Ryan Elliott and Zenker Brothers their Brighton debuts with his First Floor night. Green's first EP Soul Figures came out last year on ASOK's Four Triangles label, and he also plays live with fellow Patterns resident Mehtola as cohesion. With that kind of work ethic it's no surprise he's built a reputation as one of the UK's best DJs.
Green's dark, powerful mix runs through music from the likes of Surgeon, Joey Beltram, Mor Elian and Acid Jesus, with a handful of his own productions sprinkled in. Listen and download below:
Please introduce yourself – Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Hi I'm Charles, a DJ/producer/promoter/agent born, bred and based in Brighton. I am currently in a trendy cafe having a mild anxiety attack about answering the forthcoming interview questions.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the internet is acceptable)?
Where was the mix recorded?
At my friend Sav's house on 2x Technics 1210s, 2x CDJ 2000s and 1x Pioneer DJM900.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
A dark club with minimal lighting and a loud sound system.
What should we be wearing?
Probably something black.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
A tropical island with a rotary mixer and two vintage turntables that don't work properly, recorded straight to an Apple laptop on high quality 24 Bit WAV format.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Maybe the last one by Infiniti, it's a fairly odd but simple track, as usual from Juan. They don't call him Magic Juan for nothing. A £1 special from Spacehall.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
That mix on Limewire with Slimzee, Dizzee Rascal and Wiley all aged 19 on Rinse FM.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Jeff Mills, but the '90s Jeff Mills, the one that was throwing records all over the floor and playing ten tracks a minute. If he's busy then Mehtola will do.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Weirdly I've not had my own set up at home for years. I spent my early teenage years round at my friend's place learning how to mix nearly every night after school. I then got given a Numark DJ In A Box setup for Christmas aged 16 which I don't think ever got set up as I ended up moving about quite a bit around that time. I've practised in clubs/radio/friends' setups for the most part of my twenties. I now have only a hifi turntable at home which needs a new stylus. Luckily my housemate has 2x Technics and a mixer so I can use those when I need to, or when he's not playing on his Gameboy Advance.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
The track about 3/4 the way through.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First one was Mark "Ruff" Ryder – 'Joy' in 2003 from a second hand shop in the North Laines. Last one was the first release on Cheap Knob Gags a week ago from my friend Alex.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Sound Effects Sampler Vol.1
Upcoming in the world of Charles Green?
Continuing my residency at Patterns & Jaded. Hosting a First Floor Sound stage with Cathal at Alfresco Festival in May. Some gigs around Europe. Making more music. Releasing more music. Starting a label with my pal Mehtola. Doing more live shows. Dancing. Eating more vegetables. Drinking more Oat Lattes.
Anything else we need to discuss?
Soul Figures is out now on Four Triangles.
1. Marcel Dettman – Light
2. Mor Elian – Fairplex Drive
3. Charles Green – Gamma Rays
4. Acid Jesus – Elektrosmog
5. Sprawl – Time
6. Shiver – Subsonic Soundscape
7. Purveyors Of Fine Funk – State Of Mind
8. Andreas Ghem – 3rd Dimension
9. Privacy – Always On
10. Acid Jesus – Uranium Smuggle
11. Cheap Knob Gags – Does He Rent It Out?
12. Ben Buitendijk – Novum
13. Claude Young – Acid Wash Conflict
14. Tafkamp – Boy Is Bangin
15. John Heckle – JV Ride
16. Joey Beltram – Caliber
17. F.U.S.E. – Mantrax
18. Simulant – Knife Edge
19. Noah Gibson – Origin
20. Damon Wild – Flask
21. Chance McDermott – F*ck The Police
22. Little By Little – Brain Mod Service
23. Surgeon – Diametric A
24. Charles Green – Reference Intake
25. Love Inc. – Cosmic Indifference
26. D-HA & Mad Mike – Work Me
27. Charles Green – theoneforj
28. Infiniti – Higher