Quality tango DJing

The music that I love to dance to is the music of the fabulous orchestras of the Golden Age - Biagi, Calo, Canaro, Demare, D’Arienzo, Di Sarli, Troilo...but sadly many of the recordings are very scratchy and clouded by poor copying. Today’s technology allows for remastering and there are now many wonderful ‘clean’ copies of these greats sounding as they would to the Tangueros of the time when they were playing the dance halls of Buenos Aires.
Tinkering with recordings of the Golden Age by increasing the bass or changing the pitch does not improve the musical experience. Rather, as I found on the weekend at a popular milonga, it creates a thumping beat, that drowns the vocals and the melody - and gave me a thumping headache! I wasn’t the only one. When I retreated from the dance floor I found a group huddled in the foyer also escaping the DJ’s attack on the music.
Those who are new to tango (and this DJ is relatively new) sometimes find they need to increase the bass so they can follow the beat as they dance. This is all very well in the privacy of one’s home, but to inflict it on the dancers at a milonga is a big mistake. It takes a lot of time listening and feeling the dance music to put together a good play list. It takes many hours/years of listening to the music to know what you are doing.
It is always a mistake to play B-grade versions of popular songs. There are excellent recordings of Canaro’s waltz ‘Sonar y Nada Mas’ so why play one which is a poor copy of the original?
I believe it is beholden on organisers to take a DJ’s style into account when they commission them to do the music at their milonga.
If you are not happy - or you love - the music at a milonga, let the organisers know!


HI... I am Beto from Buenos Aires. Christine Biles brought to my attention your blog. My partner & I are arriving next week at Sydney and will be giving classes and performances in some milongas in your city.
If there is anything that yo may do to ioimprove the tango dancers awareness of our precense.. i will be glad to collaborate.
We will be going to a lot of th emilongas there just to dance with local people and to be seen. .. so if somehow we manage to be in the same place please do not hesitate to let me know.... new people in a small environment as the TAngo scene in sydney is are usually easy to spot... so my guess is that you will have an easy time finding us!
Also please let me know if there is anything we can do on our part to make it easier for you to rise that awareness!