Getting to Know DJ and Producer Charlie Hedges
Catching up with the very busy Dj’s/Producers is always an honor. I love getting to know each one of them better whether it be via written interview or on The All Access Show hosted by myself and Poetrynmotion. The very beautiful spitfire Charlie Hedges is no exception. This is an interview I have wanted to do for quite some time. Female’s who dare to stand out in a male dominated industry have always captured my attention and heart.
Charlie Hedges is known as a world-class DJ, one who plays to thousands of clubbers across the world at parties like Sundance Festival, alongside Carl Cox at Space and at Amsterdam’s Gashoulder – a set that was broadcast across the world to over 11.5 million listeners – and on home turf in the UK at iconic venues like Electric Brixton, the Ministry of Sound and Pacha.
You can see why Charlie Hedges is one of my personal favorite DJ’s out there. Check out my interview with her below
Thank you for taking the time to interview with us, where are you right now?
No thank you for taking the time to chat with me, I’m at home in the UK going through some music for my gig at Wild Life Festival this weekend!
How did you get into the music industry?
Long story short, I applied for a job as a freelance journalist for a magazine when I was 13, they gave me the job for the cheek of being so young and asking! I started contacting celebs’ PAs and blagging interviews – one was with a DJ on a radio station called Kiss FM at the time. From there I used to do work experience all the time at the station; when I started uni to study for a BA in journalism they offered me a full time job at the same time, which was amazing, so I did both. It’s here I taught myself to DJ and then I began to fulfill my passion of becoming a DJ and playing all over the world.
You have shared the stage with Carl Cox, Chemical Brothers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Tom Starr, DJ EZ and Steve Aoki – can you tell us your most memorable experience?
Most memorable gig was definitely playing the Space opening party in Ibiza when a sit down was started by people in the crowd! Before I knew it the whole room was on the floor getting ready to jump at the drop, it was insaneeeee and I’ll never forget it.
There has been a lot of chatter in the news lately about a club in LA not allowing DJ’s to use laptops, what are your thoughts on that?
I think things change all the time when it comes to how people DJ and what they use to play with or on. At the end of the day, it’s the club’s decision but I think they should embrace every technology and any DJ that chooses to mix on that technology.
Tell us about your new radio show with Skiddle – what goes into putting your show together each month?
My new podcast gives me the opportunity to play exactly the kind of music that represents who I am as an artist. Every month I select the tracks that I want to feature, interview the artists and DJs for the podcast and then write my own scripts and voice them. It’s a lot of work but the outcome is so rewarding and we’ve been getting some great feedback on the show over the last six months.
Charlie is also co-presenter on the Sony Award-winning Kiss FM breakfast show, Charlie Hedges’ insatiable thirst for music impressively takes in every hour of the waking day, through morning, noon and night. Aside from the breakfast show, Charlie hosts a specialist house music show on Saturday nights and a Friday night show on Kiss FM’s sister station, Kiss Fresh.
Being in a male dominated industry can you tell us some of the challenges you face compared to your male counterparts?
I don’t like to say that I’ve faced challenges that other men haven’t as I’m sure there are probably guys out there that have faced challenges too, but what I will say is that it’s an amazing feeling when you finish a set and people that may have doubted you beforehand come up and shake your hand and say fair play – this has happened a few times.
What other female DJs do you have your sights on doing really well in the industry but not getting the credit they deserve?
Any female out there that’s DJing, whether globally or not! It’s wicked that so many more girls are getting into the industry, I have to shout to the lovely Nervo and the likes of Hannah Wants for their work.
If you were not in the music industry what would you be doing?
Trying to get into the industry, it’s honestly the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be: a DJ and producer and I couldn’t ever imagine me doing anything else.
Do you have any rituals you do before a set or something you have to make sure to have with you each time you perform?
I have a Christmas card that my nana who is 87 now, wrote to me a few years ago which I now carry in my DJ bag and it says ‘to the best DJ’ – it always makes me smile
Three things we would be surprised to know about you?
- I wear heels/boots to DJ as I’ve quite often turned up to a club and can’t see over the DJ box as I’m only tiny hehe
- I also love indie music, going to watch bands
- I would love to get caked by a friend of mine called Steve Aoki! I interviewed him once and gave him a mini cake to throw in my face, but I’d like a full-on cake in my face
What is the craziest thing that has happened during a set?
I was playing HD festival and Mark Knight’s tour manager at the time came onto the stage to set up for Mark who was after me, he took my USB out by accident and the whole arena went silent, so embarrassing but thankfully people could see it wasn’t me so I just carried on
If you could ask any one artist any ONE question, who would it be, and what would the
Sander Van Doorn, can we collab on a track please 😉
Tell us about being an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and your charity work for Help for Heroes.
I was lucky enough to be asked to be a Prince’s Trust Ambassador a few years ago and have been to various events with and for them which have been extremely inspiring and educational for me. I also play at some events in support of Help for Heroes which is a great way to help such a good cause.
What do you enjoy doing on your downtime?
Seeing my family and friends going for a run (and then eating lots after)
Everyone has one, what is Charlie Hedges guiltiest pleasure?
I don’t think this is a guilty pleasure because it’s a great show, but I’ve watched every single episode of America’s Next Top Model!
What is one song from another artist in your playlist you can’t get enough of (any genera and decade)
I love Michael Woods’ new remix of ‘You’re Not Alone’
What are you looking forward to for the rest of 2016?
My first track Kaleidoscope being released on Armada Deep July 7th
I’ve got some amazing gigs coming up from playing Wild Life Festival in Brighton, UK, to Big Festival Mildenhall, Eden Ibiza, a residency in Malia at Hideout club too, as well as BH Mallorca! So a busy summer and hopefully another release before the end of the year too
Any US tour dates in the works?
It is my absolutely dream to play in the US so hopefully this is something we can look into over the next year for sure. I’m actually coming to Vegas in August for a holiday but am trying to get a gig booked in whilst over… Watch this space!