DJ Antti Suniala

DJ Antti Suniala

Listen to some of my favorite tandas and tango music on Spotify.

My first contact to tango, and the reason I started to dance, was the music. Tango spoke to my melancholic and romantic soul and charmed me with the beautiful violins, the weeping bandoneon, strong rhythms and sad stories. First it was finnish tango and Olavi Virta, but soon I was spellbound by Astor Piazzolla and tango nuevo. After starting a beginners course in tango about eight years ago, I was introduced to the classic orchestras of the golden age, like Anibal Troilo and Carlos Di Sarli, and I was completely hooked.

 

I feel blessed for being a part of the tango community and to have the privilige to play the most beautiful music in the world for the dancers in the milongas. I have a fairly conservative taste in tango music for dancing and in many ways it resembles how DJ’s play in Buenos Aires.

 

My sets are strongly based around arguably the four most important orchestras of tango history – Juan D’Arienzo, Anibal Troilo, Carlos Di Sarli and Osvaldo Pugliese – and the orchestra of Miguel Caló makes my top5 also. The playful rhythms of Biagi, nostalgy of Ángel D’Agostino, the soul wrenching pain of Lucio Demare, the finesse of Pedro Laurenz and the melancholy of Ricardo Tanturi are all included as well. I play a good amount of instrumental tango music but the most highly regarded singers like Raúl Berón, Alberto Podestá, Roberto Rufino, Francisco Fiorentino, Ángel Vargas and Alberto Marino all have a crucial role in enchanting the dancers into a tango bliss.

 

On top of my personal favorites I recognize the popularity of orchestras like Francisco Canaro, Enrique Rodriguez, Osvaldo Fresedo and Edgardo Donato in some communities and make sure I offer something for all tastes in tango music.  Orquesta Típica Victor and Alfredo De Angelis valses are some of my favorites too.

 

For special occasions (I do play in all kinds of events for all kinds of dancers), I like to dig deeper into my crates of tango music and indulge dancers with the sounds of Ricardo Malerba, José García, Hector Varela, Osvaldo Maderna, Antonio Rodio or even Los Señores del Tango. When I know that some tango recordings from our time would be appreciated, I might play some Ariel Ardit for example.

 

Even in my most conservative view of tango music the variety of styles, moods and tempos is huge – and in my sets I make sure to showcase the full spectrum of this variety to keep the energy of the milonga high and the dancers craving for more.

 

I will update my page with more information about different tango orchestras and how to DJ in milongas. Meanwhile you can explore my blog www.tandaoftheweek.net and the Todo Tango website for more inspiration.