Sometimes you stumble across a DJ whose musical range and influence really stands out. And when that DJ has been involved at the cusp of British music for the last 20 years it’s easy to see why.
A professional musician from the age of fourteen, Charlotte Hatherley first grabbed public attention a mere two years into her career when she joined multimillion album selling Irish rockers Ash, supplying guitar and vocals. Her decade with the band, their most successful period, saw them reinvigorated, owing much to Hatherley’s musicianship and presence immeasurably bolstering their sound and image.
Despite punishing touring schedules, Hatherley found time to concentrate on her song-writing skills; as well as contributing on songs with Ash she also wrote and performed (playing almost all the instruments) on her debut solo album, Grey Will Fade, produced by Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart, Pixies). Following her departure from Ash came two more solo albums, Deep Blue and New Worlds, which together included contributions and collaborations with Squarepusher, Adem, Luke Smith (Depeche Mode, Foals), Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins) and XTC’s Andy Partridge, all attracted by Hatherley’s versatility and talent. Hatherley has also proven herself an invaluable addition to the touring bands for Bat For Lashes, KT Tunstall and others. Her accomplished musicianship and apparent ease with vocals, guitar, keyboards and percussion have made her an essential part of the tours she’s embarked on.
Charlotte’s current project, Sylver Tongue, was unveiled earlier this year and marks a new direction. Whereas previously she has written songs on guitar, under her Sylver Tongue guise, she composes on keys and the resulting tracks stand out from her previous solo material defining a new chapter in her career.
All this influence is fed into Charlottes DJ sets, playing electronica, indie, Britpop and 80s electro, and she’ll be gracing the decks at various nights from January onwards at Hoxton’s Rattlesnake, RoadTrip, Underbelly and the already legendary White Noise Club nights.