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 32 year old designer and DJ who’s been living in China for over seven years. I’m the creator and editor of Chengdu Living, a blog about life in China and Disco Death, an electronic music collective and event in Chengdu.

In my day job I’m a designer and director at a Chengdu-based software developer which makes iPhone and iPad apps. We make online multi-player games that connect players from around the world.

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 collaborating with other artists.

Since my life is so much more than DJ’ing now, I’ve decided to repurpose this domain and make it the hub for my blog, which for 6+ years has been 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.

Some of My Interests Are


Collecting and Mixing Music

I’ve been recording DJ’ing on turntables since 2001 and have recorded over 20 DJ mixes randing in style from hip hop to drum & bass to downtempo. Download my mixes or read my DJ bio.

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.


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

Send Me a Message

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