Charlton Ravenberg > Charlton / Tapirus
Hailing from Rotterdam (Netherlands) Dutch artist, Tapirus a.k.a Charlton Ravenberg is no stranger to the dance music scene. At the age of 17 enthusiastically on the trail of the early rave parties, which were popping up all over Holland, his love for electronic music became an obsession and started DJing around 1999. It was during this time that Charlton first encountered techno. He later ventured into music production, constructing his unique sound in 2001. Encouraged by the Electronic Music Production classes he took at one of Holland's best known music production colleges, he started developing material for his first live PA, which debuted in 2004. Charlton's inventive style of producing tracks at the time, combined the classic, quintessential techno sound with his own dark off-beat rhythms. Adding nasty razor-sharp and hypnotizing acid basslines to the mix, assembled a truly unique 'Charlton' signature sound, having a great impact on the Dutch techno scene. He was soon performing all over with gigs and residencies across Holland and has since then played at various cutting-edge parties such as Awakenings, Heroes of Techno, Qbase, Detatched, etc. Relocating to London gave Charlton fresh experiences and a new perspective. As a result, Charlton's music started to transform. Breaking with his traditional dark rhythms endowed him with an opportunity to birth his new style, and further understanding the essence of techno music. Charlton's tracks have been released on labels such as, Audio Assault, Arms, Labrynth, Aftertaste and Pohjola. His first ever EP "Slowdown Basterd" received top mention upon release August 2010 on M_Rec. Moreover, ''Black Slong'' has been featured on Norman Nodge's Berghain 06 compilation. Having recorded 2 singles for Midnight Shift and Mord Records as Charlton, he reemerged with a 12" single on U.S. imprint, Emphasis!