Ferdinand von Mengden

Tango has been part of my life for nearly a decade now. Dancing, I soon realized, requires knowledge and understanding of the music. And as I eagerly began to study tango music, it was an almost natural step for me to also create milongas as a DJ.

My approach is to play a good share of both rhythmic and melodic tangos and let the benefits of both, rhythm and melody, complement and reinforce each other. This way, I draw on the ample repertoire of traditional tango music in a way that dancers will feel inspired – and not- yet-dancers dragged, albeit gently, onto the dancefloor. There will always be a good number of popular and well-known pieces in my milongas. But I intersperse them with some rare jewels from the Golden Era. This way I do experiment with the music, but experimenting will never go at the cost of the flow and the dynamics on the dancefloor. My cortinas usually follow a specific theme and are therefore never random; they’re aimed at maintaining the good mood from the last tanda and gliding the dancers smoothly into the next. Ultimately I wish to create an atmosphere which offers everything a milonga needs to have and, at the end, makes people feel they’ve joined at a good party.

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