Awesome DJ Lineup for 2010
We have listened to the feedback from the previous exchanges and we are providing a wide variety of some of our favorite DJ's from around the country. This is going to be an awesome weekend, and we hope you are out dancing for every minute of the awesome live band and DJ'd music. More DJ's being added soon!
DJ Coordinator Roy Rydbeck - San Francisco
Roy has been DJing for Lindy Hoppers since 2000 and for Blues Dancers since 2003. Roy DJed his first national event at the 2000 Chicago Lindy Exchange and has DJed at more than 50 national and international events since from as far ranging places as New York, New Orleans, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Moscow, and Kiev among other places. Roy currently Deejays out of San Francisco and is a regular Dee jay at the 9:20 Special, The Rent Party, and Friday Night Blues. Roy is known for his flexibility in mixing up various styles of Lindy Hop music within any given set from the sounds of the 30's to modern swinging bands. When it comes to blues DJing, Roy prefers the 50?s blues sounds of artists like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.
Sergio Loreto - Florida
Sergio has been DJing Swing Music for over a decade. He is the co-founder of Swing Affair, the organizers of SoFlex, one of the most successful and long-standing national exchanges. Sergio's taste in music range from the 1920's to today, and over the past few years he has been bitten by the Blues bug. A variety of styles are nicely weaved together in his sets to give the dancers a great variety in tempos. During the last few years his travels took him to DJ gigs at various events like the Y8A Blues Party, Herrang Dance Camp, various Blues parties and Exchange stops at Atlanta, San Francisco, Austin, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Munich and Dublin
Kristin Buxton - Pasadena
Kristin started DJing in Portland in 2001. Besides DJing many events there, and running a weekly event, she travelled to DJ at exchanges in Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Seattle, and Vancouver. She currently lives in Pasadena and regularly DJs at LindyGroove as well as other lindy and blues events around LA.
Other events include the Denver Lindy Exchange in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010, Austin Lindy Exchange 2009, San Francisco Lindy Exchange in 2003 and 2009, San Luis Obispo Exchange 2009, WCLX 6, Seattle Lindy Exchange 2003, San Diego Lindy Prom, Vancouver Mini-Exchange 2002, the Turnverein in Denver, and an online show for Yehoodi radio.
Nathan Dias - San Francisco
Dancers delight regularly to Nathan's music at popular Bay Area swing dance venues such as the 9:20 Special, Rent Party, Rhythm Lounge and Lindy in the Park. Nathan is also a favorite DJ at regional dance events and workshops including: Boogie by the Bay, SLO Lindy Exchange, *Workshop, SF Balboa Festival, and Le Hot Sauce III. Nathan loves to blend classic swing rhythms with hot modern numbers to keep dancers going all night long. Read about Nathan & some of his favorite swing artists at: www.swingornothing.com
Hep Jen - San Francisco
Hep Jen is well-known as a swing DJ across North America. Hep Jen's club experience is extensive, and her music is enjoyed by dancers and non-dancers alike. Currently, DJ Hep Jen spins in San Francisco at the 9:20 Special, the Rhythm Lounge, and the Rent Party. DJ Hep Jen has also been a regular DJ at Le Colonial, Tuesday Night Jump, and Swing Central. In Seattle, DJ Hep Jen has hosted weekly dance nights at the Fenix Underground, the Century Ballroom, Vito's Lounge, and many other venues.
DJ Hep Jen has been featured around the country at events such as Camp Hollywood, Swing Out Northwest, Swing Camp Catalina, Camp Jitterbug, and the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown.
DJ Hep Jen was the winner of the Century Ballroom's "World Series of Swing DJs" competition in Seattle. By popular vote of dancers over months of competition, Hep Jen beat eleven other DJs for the title.
Alex Fernandez - SF
Alex has been in Lindy Hop love for over a decade. His swing dance roots took seed in SF in 1997, and from there he has grown in popularity as a dancer and DJ. Sharing his tunes at bay area hot spots such as Wednesday Night Hop, Cats Corner, Charleston Alley, Swing Central and The Rhythm Lounge, Alex has traveled nationally and internationally to bring home new favorites that inspire musicality, playfulness and fun. You will hear the clean indulgent hi-fi sounds of modern bands performing in the spirit of the 30's and 40's, irreplaceable hard-driving vintage swing classics, the gypsy jazz leanings of bands of today and yesteryear, topped with the soulful sounds of bands of every era. When not DJing, Alex can be seen dancing to every song of the night, 3-4 nights a week.
Allen Kerr - SF
Allen has been ravenously collecting music since 2005 and found he has a knack for finding music that delights and inspires dancers. He has DJed many national events, including ILHC, Lindy Focus, Eastern Balboa Championships, Enter the Blues, and All Balboa Weekend. Allen also used to spin regularly for the Jam Cellar and Backroom Blues in DC until his recent move to San Francisco.
Shawn Coyle - LA
Shawn got his start deejaying at the largest, weekly dance in Pittsburgh when the house deejay left town, back in 1999. He soon become a favorite among the locals & spun for other dance events. Upon leaving Pittsburgh, he was a regular at Swing City, the Edgewood Club, Groove Juice, Chicken Swing, EoM (End of Month) Blues, & Late-Nite Blues. Shawn also deejayed for national events hosted in his home town: PittStop Lindy Hop and Pittsburgh Blues n'at Jazz (PBnJ). Also on that list are events for San Luis Obispo, Las Vegas, Cruisin' for a Bluesin', San Diego, and Columbus. Most of these, he either ran or was helping organize. Currently, he's the guy that brings Los Angeles other blues events from Hep to the Jive such as the Juke. As for Shawn's style, you can expect him to seldom stray from the genre at hand; he plays a wide variety of songs within the style, with an unconventional song or two adding some spice to his set. He is continually pruning and adding new material to his library, challenging himself to keep his sets fresh and exciting from a massive collection!
Matt Richey - Sacramento
Matt has had an obsession with music starting at a very young age. Since then he has discovered Lindy Hop and that opened up a whole new world of music! Matt has traveled the world looking for all the new trends in the dance world to bring back home. He is always adding more to his extensive collection of vintage and contemporary jazz music to fill the dance floor.
Andrea Waybright - Sacramento
Andrea Waybright has been dancing literally all of her life. Wanting to wear a pink tutu, she started with ballet, then tap, jazz, lyrical & cheer. Then in 2005, she discovered swing dancing and instantly fell in love with the movement and the music. Over the next few years, she began collecting music even though she really didnít know where or for whom she would play it. Still she searched, she downloaded, she asked for the titles of songs she heard and she begged for the ones she couldnít find. Making her DJ debut in 2009, she played everything she loved of swing music. Her sets include the classic and the more rare, big bands and simple trios, songs with good beats and fun vocals, stuff her grandma knew and tunes straight out of modern day New Orleans. Some of it a bit groovy or more gypsy but always having to be danceable and striving to be inspiring. Andreaís been happy to DJ in the last year and a half in Sacramento at Sweet ní Hot as well as in the bay area at the Rhythm Lounge, Le Hot Sauce, and Charleston Alley.
Amanda Carlson - Sacramento
Amanda has been immersed in the performing arts throughout her entire life. She began dancing ballet at age 3 and performed in many recitals throughout her youngest years. After a few years, she transitioned into gymnastics where she spent the greater portion of her childhood and teenage years training, competing, performing, and coaching. Concurrently, she began playing violin and performed in various orchestra competitions throughout both the United States and Canada.
At age 18, she retired from gymnastics and accepted a music scholarship at California State University, Long Beach upon recruitment and a successful audition into the program. Amanda spent the next two years performing with the California State University Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles in the greater Los Angeles area.
In 2008, Amanda discovered and fell in love with swing dancing and began learning as much as she could about lindy hop and the music. After only two months of swing dancing, she DJed her first house party and continued collecting music. In 2009, she began DJing at Midtown Stomp where she is now a regular DJ. Amanda has also DJed at Firehouse5 and various house parties. Amanda is currently a graduate student at Sacramento State, teacher, DJ, and violin instructor.