'Hot party bangers with that infectious 90s beat' that’s how BAE2BAE describes their DJ-duo, containing Charlotte and Oona. Their musical selections are their own therapy, with vibrant, colourful heavy beats and energetic, contagious floor fillers that are easy to sing along to. Very active members of the LGBT+ community, BAE2BAE are no strangers to the ups-and- downs of being a minority on a patriarchal music scene. While they started to DJ together not too long ago, live music, singing and playing instruments has always been a big part of their lives.
‘For us, it’s all about creating a hot, contagious party atmosphere, playing those tracks that get you singing along, regardless of genre, tempo, style, or release date.'
1. What was your first DJ event?
[Charlez] I started off as a promoter for a lesbian club night in Stockholm called Club X in 2012. I got an insight on how to run a club and also got to do live performances there, which I love since I’m a musician and produce my own music. I stayed in the club scene while studying music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and in 2015, I got taught how to work the decks by Swedish club icon Katja Gustafsson. Together with her and Emma Jennie Larsson, we arranged our own club nights at Underbara Bar in Stockholm where I also was a resident DJ.
[BAE2BAE] We met backstage in Gothenburg at a Pride party in November 2015. We clicked right away and did an improvised set together there that night. Later, we DJ’d at our our first DJ event at Debaser Medis Women’s Party in Stockholm early 2016.
2. How long have you been a DJ?
[BAE2BAE] We had both done sets at various clubs and festivals before we met in 2015. Oona started to DJ in 2014, and Charlotte (Charlez) early 2015.
3. How would you describe your DJ style?
[Charlez] Since I listen to alot of electronic trap, thrillwave, shoegaze and electronic pop, it shows in my dj style. I really like reverb, echo, distortion and interesting sounds, and try to merge that into my sets while mixing party bangers with more non-commercial music. Always with a lot of bass.
[BAE2BAE] Our mixes combine happy and upbeat 90’s music with new hits. Sometimes our sets are leaning towards pure 90’s bubblegum pop and eurodance, and sometimes towards pure party bangers from 00’s until today. We always put a lot of energy into our sets and see ourselves as not only dj’s, but entertainers as well.
4. What nights do you currently DJ at?
[Charlez] I DJ at Dirty Martini Bars in London, and also do different clubs around Covent Garden, like Mabel’s and Sway. I occasionally play at SHE Soho and Ruby Tuesdays and also play at Pride Festivals.
[BAE2BAE] We arrange different themed nights where we DJ at Verge Bar in Bethnal Green. We also play at Roller Derby parties and Pride Festivals around UK and Europe, as well as nights at Rolling Stock.
5. What genres of music do you play?
[Charlez] Mainly commercial remixes, electronic trap/hiphop & deephouse
[BAE2BAE] 90’s bubblegum pop, 90’s eurodance, 90’s hiphop/rnb & party bangers from 00’s - today.
6. What is your all-time favourite track?
[Charlez] ”Purple Rain” by Prince
[BAE2BAE] ”We like to Party” Vengaboys
7. What is your guilty pleasure?
[Charlez] ”Pretty girl” by Maggie Lindemann remixed by Cheat Codes.
[BAE2BAE] All songs we play are basically guilty pleasures…
8. How and why did you become a DJ?
[BAE2BAE] We both have a strong music interest. Charlotte has produced music and made remixes of songs since she was 16 years old. Oona has always loved performing and being on stage. To work as dj’s is a natural choice.
9. What has been your best DJ gig so far?
[Charlez] Definitely a gig in Rovaniemi, Finland, 2015, during Pride. So much love and positivity in the same room, we (previous DJ-duo The L-Nation) stood on a big stage and played a 4-hour EDM set. The dancefloor was boiling for those 4 hours. It was our first big club night so it was really special.
[BAE2BAE] Oxford Pride 2017, we got to play out on a long street with people from all ages and the crowd was so great. We got so much energy from everyone! Pride festivals always have a special vibe, the happiness is amped up to the max.
10. When you're not a DJ what events do you like to go to?
[Charlez] I like to go to festivals, this year I’m going to Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland. I was there last year and loved it! I also love smaller live gigs/club nights where I get to be intimate with the bands/dj’s I love and a crowdthat loves them aswell.
[BAE2BAE] Drag shows, 90’s club nights and theme parties!