Charlie: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix


Charlie is a DJ and musician firmly on the rise, a worthy ascendency for someone who has been hard at work for many years. Originally born in Berlin, she now resides in Krakow, the city that she’s been running her party Szum from for the last three and a half years. The party takes place at different locations around the city, including arguably one of Krakow's most forward thinking nightclubs Szpitalna 1, and has seen Charlie book live acts from the likes of Martial Canterel, Novo Line, Not Waving, Tolouse Low Trax and June to join her and other local selectors. Charlie is someone we expect to see big things from in the future and this mix is a perfect representation of why. 

We're happy to host this mix from her, recorded only on vinyl and consisting of predominantly old trance records played at 33RPM. Strap in and enjoy the ride…

Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you

My name is Charlie. I am a Berlin-born, but based in Krakow, musician, DJ, founder of Szum and co-founder of Elementarz dla Mieszkancow Miast – a long-durational, multidisciplinary cultural project. 

What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?

Where was the mix recorded?

In my home studio on two technics turntables.

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

In the car on a big American high way with speed limit. You want to push the gas pedal, but the mix is keeping you slow. 

What should we be wearing?

Electric blue vicuña turtleneck and a long black wool skirt.

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

The High Tatras in mid winter, in insolation and silence. Two copies of my entire record collection.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

½ GOTT – Sehnsucht 

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

No particular one – but a few years ago I could listen to "The Hacker's Overdrive Infinity mix" over and over again.

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

Frankie Knuckles. House legend. Also house music seems to be most fun for B2B sets.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

Exactly the same. Two technics, two yamaha speakers, only the mixer has changed from Numark to Xone 22. It has to be changed again though.

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

The start. It sets the mood and tempo.

What were the first and last records you bought?

First records included Pink Floyd and some 70s disco. One of the last favourites was King Ende Shneafliet – 'Dimension Mix 01' released on Artificial Dance.

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Delicate and sour.

If it was an animal what would it be?


One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

Martial Canterel – 'You Today'.

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