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Charissa Saverio (born 7 December 1969), better known by her stage name DJ Rap, is a British drum and bass, house music and progressive electronic music producer and DJ.[1]

DJ Rap
Background information
Birth nameCharissa Saverio
Born (1969-12-07) 7 December 1969 (age 49)
GenresElectronica, drum and bass, dance
Occupation(s)Record producer, DJ
Years active1987-present
Associated actsBT
Engineers Without Fears



While the majority of her work is in the jungle style, her more successful work is in traditional electronic music. DJ Rap has been voted the #1 female DJ in the world by Shejay. She owns, records for, runs and A&Rs two labels Propa Talent and Impropa Talent. She is also a producer, model and actress. DJ Rap grew up all over the world and was born in Singapore, daughter of an Italian father and an Irish-Malaysian mother.[citation needed] She lived in Walthamstow, East London for quite some time before she became a DJ.

She has worked as an engineer and produced many hits, often collaborating with other artists. After being the first artist on the scene to self-release her first CD, she signed to Sony along with Grooverider and Leftfield.

Her most well-known artist album, Learning Curve, was released in 1999 to critical acclaim[2] and resulted in several stylized music videos, including two versions of "Good to Be Alive" (one for the CD version and another for the rarer radio remix) and "Bad Girl", a song about having to be a strong woman to survive in today's world. Rolling Stone gave Learning Curve three and a half stars, stating "this is the record Madonna wanted to make". Learning Curve went on to sell over a million copies bringing her total sales to over 3 million worldwide, including her successful compilation sales including Journeys by DJ, Propa Classics Vol. 1 and 2, Brave New World, Armani Exchange CHEMISTRY and Touching Bass, Bulletproof, Up All Night, which have all crossed many genres and has become her trademark.[citation needed]

Since Learning Curve, Saverio has focused more on DJ set CDs, including Touching Bass, a double-album set with drum and bass and breaks tracks.

Other artistsEdit

DJ Rap has also done vocals for several artists, including BT (for "Giving Up the Ghost") and Art of Trance (for "Madagascar [Domi Nation Remix]"). She once appeared in a commercial for Twix candy bars.

Other mediaEdit

  • DJ Rap appeared in the video for BT's hit "Never Gonna Come Back Down", which featured lyrics about her, as well as the video for "Simply Being Loved".
  • The song "Good to Be Alive" appeared on the original motion picture soundtracks for the 1999 movies Go and Rogue Trader.
  • The song "Bad Girl" appeared on the original motion picture Enough in 2002.
  • She appeared in a 2003 Twix advertisement.[3]
  • The song "Drummin' & Bassin" appeared on the soundtrack for the video game Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights.
  • In 2014, played "Hologram Girl" in The Principle, a documentary examining the Copernican Principle.



  • Intelligence (1995)
  • Journeys Through the Land of Drum N Bass (1995)
  • Learning Curve (1999)
  • Propa Talent Classics, Volume 1 (2001)
  • Touching Bass (2003)
  • Bulletproof (2005)
  • Up All Night (2006)
  • A Propa History, Volume 1 (2008)
  • Synthesis (2010)


  • "Divine Rhythm" (1992) (with Voyager)
  • "Spiritual Aura" (1994)
  • "Total Tangent / Tibetan Jungle" (1994)
  • "Digable Bass" (1994)
  • "Switch" (1995) (with Outlaw Candy)
  • "Intelligent Woman" (1995) (with Outlaw Candy)
  • "I'm So" (1997) (vs. Da Boss)
  • "Bad Girl" (1998)
  • "Everyday Girl" (1998)
  • "Good to Be Alive" (1998) (US Dance Chart #5)
  • "Give It All Away" (2010)
  • "Feel So Alive" (2010) (with Jo)
  • "Talking to Myself" (2012) (with tyDi)



  1. ^ Bush, John. "Biography: DJ Rap". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 1 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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