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 ran Sydney's Juke Joint Blues night, all the things, basically a boss…
Crystle has been part of the Perth swing dance scene for the past 17 years. As the owner of The Swing Academy dance school in Perth for 6 years and a full time circus trainer, she found her two loves, circus and dance, worked perfectly together.
Sadly, 4 years ago, a freak accident which included roller skates, disco, and air guitar moves tragically nearly ended Crystle's dance and circus career. Resolved not to give up on the dance scene she loved, Crystle took up DJing in a hope it would fill the gap.
But DJing ended up filling, spilling over, and drowning the gap, giving Crystle in a new and previously unexplored personal endeavor which has brought so much joy to her social and professional life that she would now choose to DJ over dancing if she had to.
Crystle prides herself on finding unusual recordings, unknown artists and big brass sounds to fill her set. She loves NOLA inspired songs as well as smooth slow Lindy, and will mix a variety of tempos and genres to create an exciting and ever changing dance floor experience.
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.
Photo courtesy of Brence Coghill.
Noni grew up in a musical household surrounded by opera, show tunes, hymns and the blues. Noni studied jazz double bass and always pretends to be in the band when she's DJing! She's proud of her vast catalogue of music, reading the floor skills and loves a good unknown version of a classic. She aims to bring joy to the dance floor.
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.
Photo courtesy of Fudz Qazi.
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 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.
Photo courtesy of Damon van Opdorp.
Youngdon has been a DJ at several blues dance events around the world such as Korea Blues Camp (Korea), BlueSweet (Korea), Espanish Blues Festival (Spain), Blues Muse (USA), ShangHai Blues Party (China), Berlin Blues Explosion (Germany) and more.
He plays diverse styles of blues music from Delta to Chicago as well as contemporary blues.
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.