Both radio presenters with their own shows on Hoxton Radio, Charlotte and Ashley have recently joined forces (and music tastes) to become BitterSweet – a DJ duo with a unique sound. Plus, they live together, so it made sense to combine their never-ending record collections...
How did you break into the music scene?
Charlotte: After some TV presenting I got a job on Hoxton Radio. It was there my real passion came to light and I taught myself how to DJ.
Ashley: I started doing radio when I was 16 doing work experience at BBC Radio Cumbria, but I suppose I truly broke into it when I got my own show on Hoxton Radio!
Did you always want to be a DJ?
C: Yes, from as long ago as I can remember. My parents would have parties and I’d be the one in charge of changing the records when I was really young. (Well, until it was near my bed time.) I love the ability to create a mood or vibe via music, it never gets boring.
A: I was always passionate about music - as a child I would record my favourite songs on tapes and interview my parents for the adverts! But DJing wasn't something I knew much about until I was much older. I'd hear bad DJ's at events and think I could learn to do this better than them! That's when I decided to go for lessons.
What does your summer schedule look like?
C: Summer is always busy as we do a lot of big fashion parties and festivals. We made our festival debut at Mighty Hoopla, and will also be performing at Farr Festival and BARE Festival in Ireland.
Best gig ever?
A: That's a tough one. For me it was probably Mighty Hoopla, as it was our first festival and the crowd went wild. But I'll still remember our first ever gig in our local pub!
C: Mighty Hoopla was amazing, but I also loved our Glamour Woman of the Year awards set. It was so humbling and inspiring to be in a room with so many wonderfully strong, talented, creative women and allow them to let loose with our playlist!
Dream place to headline?
C: For me it would be Glastonbury. I'd love to be a part of British musical history.
A: Coachella - for the line-up, the location, and the guaranteed sunshine!
A: That would have to be One Kiss by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa! It always gets such a good reaction when we play it.
Track that gives you goosebumps?
C: Until The End Of Time by 2Pac. I think it is beautifully written and it’s so sad to have lost such an amazing talent so early on!
A: Daniel Caesar's track Get You featuring Kali Uchis.
Favourite track to get the party started?
A: Get Ur Freak On by Missy Elliott always goes down well. Or we have a cool mash-up of Lean Back with Nicki Minaj's Chun-Li. We like mixing new and old school music together.
C: It has to be Cardi B right now, people go crazy for her! Either Bodak Yellow or I Like It.
Favourite closing track?
A: Into You by Fabulous or a classic Usher or Craig David track. It's got to be something for the lovers to have a snog to and for everyone else to be able to wind down to (whilst singing their heart out).
Next music venture?
C: We have lots of plans to grow our brand, but mainly we want to play at more festivals and international gigs.