2018 Festival DJs
DJ Vincent Lam
Vincent Lam from Vancouver, Canada has been dancing tango for ten years and spinning tunes in the Pacific Northwest and at Encuetnros and Marathons throughout North America for the past five. He favours traditional tangos, mixing his tunes with a sense of fun and romance. Vincent enjoys photography and travel, but of course, all revolving around tango.
DJ Jay Abling
As a tango DJ, J Abling is nationally sought-after for his ability to keep a good party going. His Djing is characterized by a magical flow, flavored with only the best danceable tandas that inspire dancers all night long.
DJ Jessica Schilling
Based in Boston, Jessica Schilling started DJing in 2010 after realizing that it was a great way to write a tango-music addiction off on her taxes. Since then, she’s played traditional tango, alternative music, and everything in between for dancers at events across North America, including the San Diego Tango Festival, Portland ValenTango, the Stowe Tango Music Festival, and a variety of other festivals, encuentros and prácticas. When it comes to the alt side of tango, she strives for a mix that’s a little sultry, a little sassy, but always fun — and always danceable.
DJ Jae Grisham
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 festivals, milongas, marathons and encuentro milongueros in Chicago, Atlanta, Augusta, Newport News, Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston, Knoxville and Santa Fe, Phoenix, and made her first international debut at the Ohibo Milonga in Milan, Italy.
DJ Michelle McRuiz
Michelle McRuiz has been a tango DJ for eight years and a tango dancer for 11 years. A local favorite, she DJs traditional milongas and practicas regularly in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Michelle has also DJed the Albuquerque Tango Festival; Tucson Tango Festival; Las Puertas Tango Marathon; Austin Spring Tango Festival; Cambridge Festivalito (UK); Casa Tango Milonguero Weekdend in Salida; the Pioneer Encuentro in Salt Lake City; and various and sundry milongas in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Oakland.
DJ Paul Akmajian
Paul has been dancing tango for 20 years and DJing for the last 15. In addition to being a regular DJ in Tucson, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Paul has DJ’d nationally and internationally at numerous major festivals, marathons, and encuentros, including Portland, Denver, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Baltimore, Charleston and many places in between. As a DJ, Paul work hard to keep everyone energized and dancing long into the night by playing the highest-quality, most familiar, time-tested and dancer-approved music from the Golden Age of Tango.
DJ Davin Q
DQ has been playing at milongas in New Mexico since 2012, and has been a fixture in the DJ lineup at the Albuquerque Tango Festival since 2015. He always combines the best classic hits with exciting new material and energetic cortinas to keep dancers dancing. Collecting vinyl is his latest passion, after being blown away listening to Pugliese records one night with soundmeister Mike Malixi. He is excited to go head-to-head with maestro Adam Cornett in this epic turntable DJ battle, and to share the experience of vinyl with everyone at the Albuquerque Tango Festival!
DJ Adam Cornett
Adam has been DJ'ing milongas for 15 years. He started with DJ'ing at Portland's famous 50/50 milonga on Wednesday nights and later became the only house DJ for that event as well as DJ'ing his own milonga in Portland. Adam has DJ'd in many cities around the US and in Asia. He currently loves to DJ from his vinyl collection which he builds every time he goes to BA.