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Charlotte De Witte: The First Female DJ To Break Barriers

 Female DJ Charlotte De Witt became the first female DJ to close out this year’s Detroit EDM Movement Music festival. It has been 23 years since a woman has done so, especially at the specific music festival. Just a year earlier, De Witt accomplished the same feat, being the first female to close out Tomorrowland’s main stage. She commented on the feat, telling EDM.com ““tonight will be a very big night because I’m the first woman closing the main stage since the festival launched in 2000. I don’t take these things for granted and to be able to play the smallest role in what women do in electronic music is incredibly humbling.” At the festival that ended May 27th, fans flooded in for one of the biggest performances of her career. As per usual, she amazed them with her well known techno sound. 

The Belgian DJ was born in 1992 in Ghent, Belgium. She started DJing in 2009, but started her real production work a year later. Her big break arrived when she won her first Studio Brussel DJ contest in 2011 and performed at her first Tomorrowland Festival. She first used the alias Raving George to stop any negative perceptions of her, she started using her full name starting in 2015. Her first hit song was “You’re Mine” featuring Oscar and the Wolf and her first hit EP was Weltschmerz.  Though before that, she had created a lengthy list of Extended Plays, and the list only continued to grow. Her lasted EP is Reflection, a collaboration with Enrico Sanguilini, and Overdrive.

Starting in 2018, she started winning a string of awards. Those such as the Techno Award, which she won two consecutive years in a row. She was also nominated for the Best Techno Artist of the Year in those same years. Since 2019, she has been on the Top 100 list for DJ Mag’s top DJ’s, and the DJ Mags Alternative Top DJ List. On the international stage, she won in 2019 and 2020 the Best Techno Female Artist of the Year. As the list is sure to grow, the 30 year old DJs future as her future seems bright. Even though she will not be performing at Tomorrowland this year, her lineup for 2023 three is still fantastic.

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