DJ Carlito (NL)
DJ Carlito is one of the best kept secrets of the Amsterdam underground dance music scene today. Born in Surinam, South America and raised in the Netherlands, he was one of the youngest DJs to break onto the Amsterdam club scene, star@ng his career at the legendary Club Havana in 1990 when he was s@ll in his teens. He played at all the Amsterdam hotspots of the 90s including Hotel Arena, It, Melkweg, Paradiso, Richter, RoXY, Sinners in Heaven, Supperclub and The Escape.
DJ Carlito honed and developed a unique, versa@le underground sound, effortlessly combining different styles in surprising new ways.
“My sound mixes UK Garage / 2 Step with old school up-tempo hip hop and old school English break beats to spice it up a bit,” says DJ Carlito. “With all the sounds I mix, I refuse to narrow my vision. I combine and use old and new music that I believe in and that moves me.”
“My style moves across different styles of jazz into hip hop / R&B and goes from disco & boogie to different styles of Real House, and through break beats and broken beats to upli]ing rough funk and obscure rare grooves to nu-soul & nu-jazz and even fusing Techno with Drum & Bass, if the mood and crowd is right.”
Over the past few decades he has played at clubs, events and fes@vals across the world from Milan to Vienna, from Paris to Berlin, Warsaw, and Jerusalem, performing alongside ar@sts such as Afrika Bambaataa, Alton Miller, Armand van Helden, AtJazz, Derek Carter, Ian Pooley, Karizma, MJ Cole, Osunlade, Rafael Morais, Ricky Montanari & Urvinson to name a few. But every few weeks, DJ Carlito can still be found in some intimate, high-end and obscure tucked-away venues in Amsterdam, sharing his love of music and the platter that matter.