Rodney de Jong(CHARMAN)
IT START WITH
BIOGRAPHY CHARMAN 2020/2021
When your dream is to reach out to people and inspire them through sound, it’s time to start living it!
Charman’s (real name Rodney de Jong) love for music started
at a very early age. When he was 3 years old he already had a
vinyl record in his hands. Not a big surprise, because music
always played a major role in his family. His uncle is a
professional singer in a band and other family members were
collecting long playing records.
While listening to different styles of music during his youth he
created –big- interest in underground music. Also the lofi hiphop tunes got his attention. Nowadays Charman play minimal & tech house, so history repeats. Charman decided to buy his first professional dj-gear at a very early age; with help from his father he bought his first dj-set when he was only 7 years old!
This was the start of the next phase: the beginning of
Charman’s dj-career! He played, tried different things, failed,
tried again and again and again. Charman kept practicing and
was unstoppable. At a certain time even the neighbours were
dancing in front of Charman’s childhood house! Charman was
not only working from home. When he was a bit older he
started to follow music lessons. Charman fell in love with
drums, and especially the djembe. The djembe is a rope-tuned
drum you can play with bare hands, and is originally from West
Africa. It can produce a wide variety of sounds, making it a
most versatile drum. These versatile drums brought Charman to the next step: producing music!
Together with a good friend Charman discovered the digital
music producing program FL Studio. With this software he
started to produce his own music. After 3 years of hard work
and producing several tracks he bought new studio monitors
and synthesizers. While things get serious in the studio, other
things also get serious…
At the age of 16 Charman did his first official DJ gig. First he
played at many schoolparties but a year later the moment was
there: his first booking in a “real” club! Charman won a djcontest and played in S.U.R. This contest was a breakthrough moment: he became resident in “the basement” of S.U.R. Things went fast and his dream came true to play in
Rotterdam’s finest underground club Toffler. During this period
he also finished the study MPA training mixing mastering.
When you are reading this biography Charman played in many
great clubs and released several tracks. He still spend lots of
time in the studio to release new music to get support from
labels and other inspiring dj’s. Charman’s style can be described
from minimal to house to tech-house with the deeper sounds