“The compass of a tango reigns unchallenged, / high-flown, fierce, from Buenos Aires, / compelling every one!” Christian’s metric version of “A Song of Standing” (Canción de rango)
Playing records at milongas is the art of choosing the right song for each moment, non-stop, relentlessly. The DJ is the heart of the milonga, interpreting the organizer’s mind and pumping musical vigour to the body of dancers.
Tango social dances (“milonga”, “practica” or even “practilonga” in Europe) tend to be quite conservative regarding musical taste, structure and etiquette, so engaging DJs mostly play tango hits from the early 40’s in order to constantly compell their audiences to fill the dance floor.
Notwithstanding, there are some organizers and DJs who prefer artful mixes of tangos, valses and milongas from other periods, and even set tendencies for contemporary compositions. Christian, TangoCreativo’s UK Representative, is of those, though he always prioritizes the organizer’s and the dancer’s preferences.
If you go to any of his regular DJ sets at “Milonga del Corazón” or “La Vida Milonga” in Cambridge, you’ll dance to 3 tangos in each tanda. This dynamic allows Christian to play a wider variety of orchestras, and the dancers to change partners more often. Tanda dividers (“cortinas”) match the vibe of the previous and following tandas, serving as smooth transitions rather than separators.
Christian played music in Buenos Aires milongas for five years before moving to Cambridge in April 2019. He used to organize, and often DJ at, El Recreo, Tango a Pan y Agua, La Comedia Tango, Bichito Tango and El Látigo. Other milongas which regularly required his DJ sets were Domilonga, Maldita Milonga, Sin Gomina, El Fierrazo and Milonga Amalia.