Silvia DOPATKA (Germany)

« I live in the far north of Germany with my life partner. We started dancing Tango in 2005. Since 2010, I regularly DJ and play the role of «musicalizador» in milongas in northern Europe Tango community.

I mainly play traditional Tango from the late twenties to the early fifties in tandas with cortinas.

In my role as DJ, I act as a medium who presents a colorful, rich bouquet of wonderful Tango music to create an energetic, enjoyable and touching atmosphere. Let’s dance ! »

David MANCINI (Italy)

« Influencing the emotions of the crowd with a single finger – the Tango DJ seems to have almost divine powers!

I started to listen Tango music with my uncle when I was eight years old. The passion for the research and collecting came later in the beginning of my twenties. And it wasn´t until some years later that the strong addiction for the dance arrived as well.

Tango is a fundamental component of my everyday life; it is my profession, it is part of my DNA, food for my spirit and soul. Every time I am DJing, it is a different story. The challenge is following and leading the emotions of the ronda, in order to generate the perfect energy flow. »

Matías GUNIAZU (Argentina)

Matias DJs at international tango events such as Marathons, Encuentros and Milongas in Europe (Berlin, Hanover, Dresden, Krakow, Colmar, …) as well as in my own home town, Buenos Aires.

« I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I started teaching tango about 20 years ago. My passion for tango music led me naturally to DJing. It´s now almost 10 years since I regularly DJ.

The success of a DJ relies on understanding the dynamics of the milonga, the connection between the music and dancers considering how personal and individual music taste can be. But then I cannot avoid inspiring the milongero interjecting a bit of my heritage, my emotions and my soul.

DJing (musicalizador) can only be done professionally. »

Francesco CIESCHI (Italy)

Francesco is an active Tango DJ in Berlin, playing regularly at some of the main milongas of the city, as well as at international festivals and marathons.

« I prefer the term ‘musicalizador’ over ‘DJ’ since I don’t mix music. Like every musicalizador, my main concern is to match Tango dancers’ needs, whether they need to warm up, to walk, to jump around, to rock, to cuddle, to relax, to chill or anything else. Most of all I like lively, joyful and powerful music.

My aim is to see people smiling, enjoying themselves and having a blast. I believe most of this kind of Tango music is to be found in the Edad de Oro.

Tango music needs to be danceable and interesting to dance. It sounds banal, so banal and so much taken for granted that sometimes it’s also forgotten as concept. A set needs to have a structure and needs to fit together. At the same time music needs to vary during the night, so it never gets boring and never repeats itself. »

André Phil. Beltzung (France)

As a Tango DJ, André has been on the road for more than ten years in Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Poland, Switzerland, … at Festivals and also Major Milongas and has been dancing since 2000. He was guitarist for many years in jazz and world music. He is also on the initiative of the first Tango Marathon in Colmar.

« As a DJ, I obviously try to catch the mood of the moment by observing the dancers and translating this feedback into the Tanda. Diversity and changing impulses are the key words. I like to think of colors and shapes like when you paint an image. You start at a certain point and let it evolve. Maybe you are telling a story, maybe you are abstract, but the most important thing is that you express something through the music you play and make people dance! »