Summer Shake Up
DJ Big Face | Chulita Vinyl Club
Ballroom joined forces with Summer Shake Up, offered by Marfa ISD in collaboration with other community partner organizations. The summer camp was with breakfast, lunch, and transportation provided. Students grades five through eight were invited to participate.
For this year’s DJ Camp, DJ Bigface (aka Javier Arredondo) returned to the Big Bend to offer essential guidance in real-live party-rocking skills. He was joined by two members of the Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-girl, all-vinyl club for self-identifying women of color. Students learned directly on DJ equipment and experimented with mixing songs and sampling music. The classes were designed to engage the imagination of students from all musical backgrounds. While getting practical experience on the equipment is a core component of the camp, Bigface and Chulita Vinyl Club 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.
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, and featuring breakdancers, “fire tamers” and acrobats.
Chulita Vinyl Club
Chulita Vinyl Club is made up of women, gender-non-conforming, non-binary, LGBTQ+ and self-identifying people of color. CVC launched in 2014, with the context of providing a safe space for empowerment, togetherness and to utilize music and vinyl as a form of resistance against the erasure of culture. Each Chulita identifies with their own identity. They are not to be classified as one nationality or culture. Within CVC they individually identify with the following: Latinxs, Tejanxs, Chicanxs, Xicanx, Afro-Latinx and many more. The unifying denominator is that they come together over the belief that EL DISCO ES CULTURA and they believe that is worth preserving and perpetuating.
DJ Camp is made possible by the generous support of Brown Foundation, Inc, Houston; Permian Basin Area Foundation; Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; and Ballroom Marfa Members.
In kind support provided by Bar Nadar, the Capri, Hotel Saint George, Marfa Recording Company, and The Windmill Retreat.
Special thanks to DJ Big Face, Chulita Vinyl Club, Marfa Independent School District, Ann Marie Nafziger, Emma Rogers, and the parents and students of Marfa.