By day, he goes by Charles Tak, a Canadian third year commerce student on exchange at the University of South Australia. By night, he is CTak, DJ extraordinaire who takes the stage and wows partygoers with his distinct and catchy tracks.
Adelaide, get ready for a dose of original and upbeat tunes and a clubbing experience you’ll never forget!
“I love seeing people dance to my music and their reactions when I drop a heavy beat. It’s really rewarding,” says Tak.
Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Tak says that he’s “always been into music” and actually started out playing in a band at the age of 16. Rock and roll did not work out so Tak turned to his computer.
Mixing beats and experimenting with electronic music started out as a hobby but has now grown into something much bigger.
“My music started getting popular (with friends and the online community) and that’s when I knew that I wanted to start playing them in clubs,” recalls Tak.
Meeting and befriending prominent Canadian DJs, The Tape Deck Bros, Tak was able to book his first gig at “The Social”, a club in Toronto at the age of 19.
“I’ve always wanted to be that guy who gets to choose the music; I love the power to get people dancing and getting them excited with my music,” explains Tak.
Since that first show, CTak has been building a name for himself in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Specializing in electro and house music, he has landed performances at nightclubs ‘Addiction’ in Hull, ‘Babylon’ in Ottawa and ‘Shallow Grove’ in Toronto. He has been well known at ‘Ritual’, where he played regularly while attending Carleton University in Ottawa.
CTak has also experienced success on the World Wide Web. He began posting his remixes on Youtube and never thought that his ‘Like a G6’ remix would reach over 150,000 views.
“I didn’t really know how it happened. My remix got really popular and people all over Europe, North America and even Australia have been listening and downloading my mix. It’s great knowing that people out there are partying to my music,” said Tak.
Tak is on exchange in Australia and is ready to bring his music to the Adelaide club scene.
“I’m working on a mix right now to start sending around in Adelaide. HQ would be a sweet spot to deejay at if possible, but I’d love to perform anywhere right now to just get back into it all.”
Although being a DJ seems like the perfect job, CTak understands that it has its ups and downs.
“It’s hard finding work and finding good shows. The market is flooded with DJs and there’s only a limited amount of clubs that take my music.”
Tak’s hard work and persistence have definitely paid off as his music keeps him at the top of the pack.
“Staying original and keeping my stuff fresh is tough. I only release one in five to ten songs I make because I’m not completely happy with the result,”
However, with his brand new remix of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” receiving rave reviews already on Soundcloud, CTak is more focused than ever. He is currently making an album to be released in a few months, entering a remix competition and pumping out more remixes. CTak is a force to be reckoned with and a name that shall soon be known internationally.