Hi, I’m Charlie.

Geometric PortraitI started writing “just charlie” on mixtapes in 2001 and the name stuck.

If you didn’t know

I’m a 34 year old designer and DJ who’s been living in China for ten years.

I’m the creator and editor of Chengdu Living, a blog about life in capital of Sichuan Province. We tell the story of the city through the eyes of foreign residents who live in this far-flung place.

In 2010, I formed a musical group and event called Disco Death which has hosted dozens of China’s best DJs. A few years later I helped start and run Dojo, a series of underground music events that take place in a rural house on the outskirts of the city.

I have a number of other projects like Silver Keen film club, the Chengdu Gaming Federation, and China Bloggers.

In my day job I’m a designer and director at a Chengdu-based mobile game developer. We make competitive online multi-player games that connect players from around the world.

About this website

justcharlie.com was (for 10+ years) a website solely dedicated to my DJ career. I registered the domain name after only a few years of DJ’ing and for its duration it has hosted a DJ biography, more than 12 DJ mixes and compilations, and songs which I’ve produced on my own and in collaboration with other artists.

Since my life is much more than DJ’ing now, I have repurposed this domain and made it the hub for my blog, which for 6+ years was called The 19th Step (named after one of my favorite locations in Chongqing, one of the world’s most populated cities). So you can follow what I’m up to and still download my songs and mixes from the navigation at the top of the site. I think this is the best way to combine the sites and services that are important to me while preventing different projects from being scattered and fragmented.

Recently I have added some new pages on this site, including an index of Recommendations, along with Recommended Apps. These are mostly for sharing with friends and family.

Hobbies & interests

Over the years I’ve picked up a number of different interests. Most of them I have left behind, but some have persisted. I aspire to be a polymath, or someone who develops expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Also known as a generalist.



I’ve been DJ’ing on turntables since 2001 and have recorded over 20 DJ mixes ranging in style from hip hop to drum & bass to downtempo. Download my mixesread my DJ bio, or visit my Soundcloud.

World Travel

I’ve been living and traveling in Asia for the last seven years. I aspire to call more places my home and revel in the freedom of finding myself somewhere new. I write Chengdu Living to share that with others.

Street Photography

I’ve been hooked on photography since I was a teenager and whenever I travel to a new country, my camera is never far behind. Sometimes I post photos here, like these from Taiwan and Germany.

Link up

A few services which you can find me on:

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