Tango music is my passion. Many stays in Buenos Aires have provided even more inspiration. My heart is at the Época de Oro; it is very satisfying to play the best tangos from this period. Nowadays I DJ regularly in The Netherlands and Germany, including Festivals and Encuentros, such as ‘Ronda del Querer’ and ‘Encuentro de Primavera’.
My DJ set consists of a richly varied mix of energetic and sensitive, romantic tandas. In doing so, I follow the mood and taste of the dancers. I like to give the dancers the right energy, from the first to the last tanda. By combining lively cortinas I make sure that every milonga becomes a ‘fiesta’!
Traditional tango music (late 20s to the late 50s) is the music I love. However, the music of the “Epoca de Oro” (1935-1945) is my passion, as a dancer too.
I always play a combination of rhythm (eg D’Arienzo, Biagi, Donato, .) and romance (eg Fresedo, Di Sarli, D’Agostino, Caló …) or both (eg Troilo, Laurenz, Tanturi, Pugliese. ..) without neglecting the drama and the tension of tango music. I try to feel the energy on the Pista and to influence it in a positive way. My goal is to keep the dancers at a high energy level and yet to see them happy and relaxed at the end of the Milonga. Since 2000 I dance tango and since 2005 I am DJing in my own Milonga in Darmstadt, Germany as well as in the Milongas of my region and occasionally also nationally and internationally.
“The Tango discovered me in 1995 and since 2002 I am a passionate, traditional tango dj.
Started in my hometown Ghent (Belgium) and in the meantime DJ in all Flemish cities, but also in Brussels, Lille, Aachen, Copenhagen etc.
As a DJ, I try to seduce, inspire and surprise the dancers with my tanda’s from the late 20s to the early 50s with occasional contemporary interpretations.
I mix romantic, rhythmic and lyrical tandas with surprising cortinas, taking into account the energy and flow of the dancers.”
Fashions come and go! At a DJ-set I try to catch the mood of the moment by observing the dancers and translate this feedback into the tanda. Diversity and changing impulses are the keywords. I like to think of colours and shapes like when you paint a picture. You start at a certain point and let the whole thing evolve. Maybe you tell a story, maybe you are abstract but the most important is that you express something through the music you play and that you make the people dance!
On special occasions, I do DJ-sets from my vinyl collection, without using a computer but with the same high standards as if I would. The pure analog sound has a magical effect on the dancers. This is related to how the music was recorded during the Golden Age: direct-to-disc. A great deal of the emotions we feel while dancing to these recordings derives from this circumstance! Sanju Chiba puts it best: ‘For me, listening to analog music makes me peaceful and relaxed.’
Ever since I started dancing tango in 1991, I am addicted to tango music. Even more so since I began DJ-ing around 2006. I am one of the resident DJ’s in Eindhoven and mostly play in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, including marathons and encuentros. I always choose my music from a dancers’ perspective. Play music to serve the crowd, keep them inspired and in a dancing mode. The choice of music depends on the mood of the event and the experience of the dancers. The rich treasure of tango music offers plenty of opportunities to vary from rhythmic to more lyrical and romantic. I like to play with the cortinas as a reset or connecting element. My finest feedback is a filled dancefloor and a smile (sonrisa) on the faces of the dancers. That’s my drive.