« I am a DJ for 20 years, taking everything from big festivals to small intimate milongas as a unique challenge.
The best moments are when my music enchants the dancers, so that the entire dance floor moves as one. The golden era makes me want to dance most strongly, but I also love the early 30s, the 50s have some fantastic music, and modern orchestras are developing more and more their own distinct danceable style. For me the necessary beat and rhythm should be accompanied by a beautiful melody. »
« 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. »
« El Popul Castello », or Andrea Gasperini, has been performing professionally since 2000, and has gained international experience and renown thanks to the many tango festivals and gatherings to which he is often invited.
His style, his in-depth knowledge of the orchestras and classical singers of the golden age of Argentine tango and the musical selection for each evening are based on two fundamental elements: the best « dance » music and managing the « energy » of the piece so that the dancers can get the most out of the music both in terms of listening and dancing. Every el Popul milonga is a different evening thanks to his ability to generate new atmospheres by oscillating between tango and modern classical tango, musical curtains to dance to or themed selections.
His personal artistic touch often leads to moments of improvisation and astonishing performances. »
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 its. »
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! »