DJ Bigface | Faith Gay
For our fifth annual DJ camp Ballroom Marfa welcomed DJs Bigface and Faith Gay back to the Big Bend. The two veteran DJ mentors offered essential guidance in real-live party-rocking skills. Class participants received hands-on DJ instruction, holding it down on the dance floor, and designing flyers to promote their DJ party for parents and friends.
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 is 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 design posters for display at the final event.
Classes took place at the Capri and the camp concluded with a free public performance by the student DJs at Padre’s Marfa on Saturday, July 5, 2014.
DJ camp 2014 was open to all area students, and there was no fee to attend.
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 Ballroom Marfa members.
Special thanks to DJs Faith Gay and Bigface, The Capri, Nick Cooper, JD DiFabbio, Betty Grajeda, Eva Guevara, Marfa Public Radio, Marfa Recording Company, Padre’s Marfa, the Thunderbird Hotel, Dominick Villano, and the parents and students of Marfa.