Introducing your 2019 festival DJs
After 15 years of dancing and competing in Ballroom dancing (inc. a NZ title in 2000) Peter discovered the addiction of "Argentine Tango" in 2000. After a couple of years learning to dance this "wonderful new dance form", he was driven to orchestrate the tango music of the night as a DJ. As well as having great respect for the traditions and culture that are an integral part of Argentine Tango, Peter pays attention to the natural mood changes during the evening, which is vital to keeping up the energy of the Milonga.
"My main emphasis is on music that you want to dance to! As a dancer I prefer to dance as a Milongero, loving that wonderful, special, relationship you can get with the music and your partner. And I believe the quality of the sound is vitally important, for the music to have its own presence on the dance floor as the third party in the dancing relationship."
With his technical skills as an Audio Visual Technician and his great knowledge of tango music gleaned over 4 visits to Buenos Aires, he has been the main DJ over the past 9 years at the New Zealand Tango Festival in Wellington. He also DJs for some of the regular Wellington Milongas and Practicas (as well as teaching tango over the past couple of years).
"In a tango festival, my highlight is always the final night's Milonga when everyone crowds together, relaxes, and dances till they drop!"
Peter will be DJ Thursday night at the New Zealand Tango Festival, at the Warm-up Milonga.
Jamie started his tango journey in Canberra in 2008, but really fell in love with tango and tango music during an extended stay in Buenos Aires over several years. It’s the music and character of the those downtown BsAs milongas which forms his “tango home”. He started DJing in Europe as a way of keeping his connection to Buenos Aires alive. Jamie now lives in Melbourne where he enjoys playing the music of the salons of Buenos Aires for the Melbourne crowd.
Jamie is fascinated by the immense variety of golden age tango, how each orchestra has its own unique flavour and how each dancer has their own response to the music that we all know and love. As a DJ, his hope is that the dancers will be able to leave the milonga with something that they did not have when they entered the hall!
Jamie will be DJ Saturday night at the New Zealand Tango Festival, at Noche de Ensueno.
An active contributor of music and pro bono work in the Sydney tango community, DJ Alex continuously works hard to set a high standard to ensure dancers get the best, tango has to offer. Commitment to the highest quality audio and selection has gained him strong popularity and support across Australia. He also spends a lot of his time to explore rare undiscovered pieces and versions, which allow him to inject something unique and memorable. DJ Alex's professional approach and natural awareness for the dancers ensure we are in safe hands.
Alex will be DJ Sunday night at the New Zealand Tango Festival, at the Farewell Milonga.
Deb became a DJ from her love of tango music and dance.
She is a resident DJ at Sunday tango in Christchurch as well as guest DJ at local and national events .
Deb’s passion for tango music grew from her many trips to Buenos Aires, dancing and listening to the beauty of tango music in the traditional milongas.
Over the years she has built an extensive collection of tango music and although her preference is for the Golden Age music, there are some other very special pieces that she shares from time to time.
Deb likes to see the tango music work its magic on the dancers and is very mindful that a DJ has to watch the energy of the dancers and adapt the playlist.
She likes to take the dancers on a musical journey and looks forward to you joining her soon.
Deb will be DJ Friday night at the New Zealand Tango Festival, at Noche de Chanteclier.