DJ Interview: Nadim Sawaya 2012

Tango DJ: Nadim Sawaya


Having been around Tango music since I was young as a result of my father who adores this music, I found it natural to want to explore the art of Tango DJ’ing. I always liked the fact that there are certain etiquette and traditions that one must follow when at a milonga, but also found it fascinating that the same principles apply to DJ’ing.

What do you like best about DJing?

Discovering hidden gems and incorporating them into a tanda with some of the more popular pieces. I also enjoy looking at the expression on the dancers faces when you play a tanda that inspires them and brings out the best in their dancing.

What do you consider when selecting music to play?

The milonga space, the audience and also what kind of energy I want to create.

What music won’t you play at a milonga?

Astor Piazzolla, Salgan, electronic music and pop/rock (although I love listening to Piazzolla and Gotan Project!)

How much do you dance when you DJ?

I will dance about half of the night. I would like to dance more, however, I wouldn’t be doing justice to my partner as my mind will be thinking of what to play next!

How did you find DJing at Tango in the Spring 2010?

As it was my first TISP, I wasn’t sure what to expect, however, the attention to detail in creating a wonderful and warm tango energy and also the quality of the sound system, was really inspiring for me. It actually made me rethink my approach for my allocated night.

What are you looking forward to as a DJ at this year’s Tango in the Spring?

Given that some of my favourite DJ’s in the country will be there, I am looking forward to discussing all things Tango and DJ’ing with them. I am also looking forward to listening to my colleague’s tanda’s and approach.

What is your current favourite tango piece?

Sheet music cover, “Naranjo en flor”

This is probably one of the toughest questions you could ask, but if I had to chose one right now, it would have to be Naranjo en Flor by the greatest bandoneonista of all time, Anibal Troilo. This piece has rhythm, beautiful melody and interesting timing between the wonderful vocals and orquesta. It has everything 🙂

Next: live music — Tangalo

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