Meet Our DJs
We attach a great deal of importance to the music. We know it can make all the difference.
Jae Joun (USA)
Jae is the founder of Tango Utopia in the greater Raleigh/Durham area. She is recognized as one of the premier teachers, dancers and DJ’s as well as the organizer of the monthly Milonga Utopia and the weekly practicas.
As a DJ, Jae loves the challenge of keeping dancers on the floor to the very last tanda. Her sensitivity to the energy of a milonga influences her music selection. Her music library is focused on the traditional masters and this is also reflected in her musical choices. She has been invited to DJ at many festivals, milongas, marathons and Encuentro milongueros.
DJ Sabelotodo (Wiseguy) is the alias of Kristof Elst. Kristof started out in tango as a dancer but his background as a performing musician meant he was soon taken by the simple and yet complex nature of tango music.
He started collecting tango music at an early stage and started playing local practicas and milongas and has expanded ever since.
Kristof focuses on traditional tango music from the 1920-1950’s. Music is played from his vision as a performing musician where the music is meant for the dancers. He has a keen eye and ear for the energy on the dance floor.
Cortinas are an integral part of the set and help in setting the flow and ambiance of the evening. With his wife Maria, he is also the organiser of a local tango in his hometown of Amersfoort, the Netherlands, where they also host an encuentro milonguero.
I have been involved with tango music and tango DJing since 2014. My music selection ranges from the beginnings of the Guardia nueva in the 1920s to the Epoca d’Oro and well into the 1950s and 1960s. My speciality is the music of the EdO, which I see as beginning in 1935 and ending in the mid-1950s.
My focus is on a varied sequence of consistent tandas with a certain micro-dramaturgy to achieve an optimal flow on the dance floor.
I place an extremely high value on good quality and optimal sound, both in my choice of music and in my technical setting, and am constantly on the lookout for the best recording – for me, authentic sound with minimal hiss or playback noise.
As a result of my intensive involvement with the subject matter, I also started giving lectures on the topic of orchestral studies in 2019. As a supplement, I also run the internet radio Tango-Radio-Berlin.
I love playing the beautiful rich music that tango is. It’s a genuine pleasure for me to put together tandas that move people to dance.
There is so much wonderful music to choose from and so much richness and depth. It’s amazing. There are wonderful orchestras, truly talented singers and some incredible combinations of both.
I enjoy playing music from the late 20s through to the 50s, but the majority of the tracks I play are from between 1935 and 1945.