Summer Shake Up
DJ Bigface | Faith Gay
Far West Texas needs DJs! For our fourth annual DJ Camp Ballroom Marfa welcomed DJs Bigface and Faith Gay back to the Big Bend to help save the local party scene from the scourge of the anonymous iPod shuffling. The two veteran DJ mentors will once again be offering essential guidance in real-live party-rocking skills. Class participants received hands-on instruction on operating the wheels of steel, holding it down on the dance floor, and designing flyers to promote all kinds of site-specific party-installations.
This five-day program was a hands-on experience, with students learning directly on DJ equipment and experimenting with mixing songs and sampling music. The classes were designed to engage the imagination of students from all musical backgrounds, and throughout the week our instructors highlighted other aspects of DJ culture, such as dance and visual art. While getting practical experience on the equipment was a core component of the camp, Bigface and Gay also presented DJing as an art form with a rich culture and history, with portions of each class covering the history of the DJ and basic music theory. During the week, students created DJ personas and designed posters for display at the final event.
DJ Big Face
Bigface served as the teacher at the inaugural Ballroom DJ Camp in 2010, sharing the knowledge he’s gained through years as a music educator at Austin’s DJ Dojo. Bigface is also known for ambitious parties helmed by DJs and funk bands, breakdancers, “fire tamers” and acrobats.
Faith Gay started as a DJ Camp counselor in 2011, and has worked as a visual artist (BFA University of Texas), exhibiting work across Texas. Her experience results in a unique perspective on the art of DJing, as she draws comparisons between the practice of cultivating an event’s aesthetic and setting a dance floor into ecstatic motion with the act of site-specific installation.
Generous support for Ballroom Marfa’s Education & Outreach programs is provided by the Brown Foundation Inc., Houston; Texas Commission on the Arts; and Ballroom Marfa members.
Special thanks to DJs Faith Gay and Bigface, camp organizers Daniel Martinez and Reece Brassler, The Capri, Marfa Public Radio, Marfa Recording Company and Brian LeBarton.
Translation by Cristina Garcés Hoyos.
Poster design by Rosa McElheny.