Justine has been DJing for a hundred years and has played the Lindy and Blues rooms at some of Australia's biggest events including MLX, Canberrang, Little Big Weekend, Jazz Bang, MSF, Swing Camp Oz, Sydney Blues and Juke Joint Blues. For Lindy Hop, her main squeeze is hard swinging classic jazz with a little bit of modern recreationist NOLA and small group stuff thrown in and for Blues, it's all about traditional blues tracks mixed with a little bit of slow jazz and soul blues.
Justine also coordinates DJs and bands for large events, manages dance competitions, teaches blues and lindy and runs Sydney's Juke Joint Blues, all the things, basically a boss…
Originally from Adelaide and now living in Perth, Kenneth Gosnold learned to DJ in Adelaide where he fell in love with blues and swing dancing as well as a love for the muisc, this led to him DJing for dancers.
When not DJing, Kenneth likes to forage for new music in bins, and grumble about people not liking Glen Miller. Kenneth chooses his music by thinking about if he would dance to the song. He then listens to it again then asks himself would anyone else actually dance to the song. This technique has ensured Kenneth is asked to come back to DJ at events across Australia.
Vanessa loves hunting down new songs and then dancing around the house working out if they are right for swing and/or blues dancing, and she only sometimes gets caught by her neighbours.
She is a regular DJ about town in Melbourne and is lucky enough to get to travel to DJ too! Vanessa’s DJ highlight to date was having over a thousand people grooving to solid big band swing at Melbourne’s White Night, and her absolute favourite thing about DJing is seeing what everyone does with her music on the dance floor. If she had known that social dancing still existed outside of books she would have been much happier about the idea of growing up.
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In addition to dancing and teaching, Andy Fodor's DJ career started in Canada before the turn of the century...yeah, he's old! His personality and style come across in each set and it's seen him DJing at national events throughout Australia and New Zealand. With an ear for both vintage legends and modern artists, he aptly mixes both swing and blues tunes.
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Max has been on the interstate DJ circuit for a few years now playing for Swing and Blues dancers at events such as Southern Blues, Hullabaloo, SLX, MLX and Canberrang. He just loves strong female voices such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Reeves, Ernestine Anderson and Dee Dee Bridgewater. You’ll hear a lot Basie in his Swing repertoire, and his Blues sets contain a wide range of music from Chicago to New Orleans Blues, funk, soul, ballads, ultra slow blues, and anything with a killer piano solo.
Along with the favourites, every single set Max plays has at least one track in it that he’s never played at an exchange before, so there’s always something new to look forward to.
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Mike Legenthal stumbled into DJing in 2008, and has since followed that rabbit hole of jazz and blues music with no-holds-barred enthusiasm, sharing her love of music at events like Berlin Blues Explosion, Blues Muse, and BluesShout.
She studies rhythm and dynamics by listening to the masters, and applies her dance knowledge to choose music which will push people to dance in ways both new and inspired. Her tunes hail from a variety of eras and sounds, but always with their roots clearly in the past, and an energy that transcends time.
Dan Legenthal lives in Boston, MA, working on as many vernacular jazz and blues dances as he can. His passion extends to both the social floor and competition. When not competing, he teaches at events like Korea Blues Camp (South Korea), Hot Blues In Toulouse (France), and The Blues Experiment (USA).
Drawing from his degree in Classical Guitar, Dan has unique insight into how to practice and develop one’s skills, and uses that knowledge to create a dynamic learning environment. Since dance is experiential, Dan likes to prioritize doing, and treats learning like a sequence of experiments where you can learn as much from failures as from success. This philosophy is anchored on clear, precise language, and a belief that everyone is capable of developing their own skill by patient, intentional practice.
DJ VITRA only plays at exclusive events where the crowd is intimate and interested. Simply described, her DJ sets reflect music that is best suited for artful variations and playful partner connections. The main pulse usually sits around a comfortable heartbeat, between 80-180BPMs.
No requests accepted but compliments are welcome.
Photo courtesy of Simon Powis.