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DJ Camp 2021 with Chulita Vinyl Club ATX

28 Jun 20211 Jul 2021

Summer Shake Up

DJ Camp with the Chulita Vinyl Club

Ballroom joins forces with Summer Shake Up for DJ Camp 2021, offered by Marfa ISD in collaboration with several community partner organizations. This year’s DJ Camp will be a vinyl-only workshop led by members of the Chulita Vinyl Club ATX for Marfa students in grades five through eight.

The workshop is designed to engage the imagination of youth from all musical backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to use found music and images to create their own narratives, celebrating personal history and cultural exploration. Throughout the week, students will learn and practice beat-matching, mixing, scratching, and more. While offering practical experience with turntables and vinyl records, The Chulita Vinyl Club ATX also presents DJing as an art form with a rich culture and history, with portions of each class covering the history of DJ culture, music collectives, basic music theory, and an introduction to zine-making.

About the Instructors

Chulita Vinyl Club ATX. Photo by Jinny J @heyjinni.

Chulita Vinyl Club ATX

Chulita Vinyl Club (CVC) 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. The CVC ATX chapter puts an emphasis on individuals of mixed-heritage combining narratives to speak crucially about intersectional identities. Each Chulita has their own unique identity. They are not to be classified as one nationality or culture; they can be brown, black or white and all shades in between. The unifying denominator is the belief that el disco es cultura and they have established a strong coalition deliberately choosing to only play vinyl with the goal of activating a musical history that might not otherwise be shared in the digital age.

DJ Cienfuegos

Camila Torres-Castro (she/her) aka Cienfuegos was born and raised in Guadalajara, México and moved to Austin to pursue her PhD in Spanish. DJing for her has been a way to tell stories through music as well as an assertion of space within a mostly white, male environment. She collects mostly 80’s Latin American music (any genre), boleros and salsa. // IG @lacienfuegos //

DJ Pinche Juan

Claudia Gizell Aparicio Gamundi (she, he, they) aka Pinche Juan is a Designer, Art Director and Illustrator residing in Austin, Tejas. Born and raised in Monterrey,  N.L with roots in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Pinche Juan’s music selections reflect a deep connection with the past while remaining grounded in the present. // IG @esepinchejuan 

DJ Raquiqui

Raquel Peña (she/her) aka Raquiqui lives in Austin and works in the music industry full-time. Mixtapes and radio requests began at an early age. Raquiqui’s first favorite methods of listening to music were on an 80s pink tape player that also recorded audio and a hot pink handlheld radio perfect for listening to the radio underneath the bed covers. Deejaying with Chulita Vinyl Club has been a fulfilling opportunity, as well as creative outlet allowing her to share her love of music with other Latinx womxn in the community. // IG @quellypea /

DJ Camp Final Mix

Austin’s DJ Raquiqui, Cienfuegos and Pinche Juan had a blast teaching Marfa’s kids how to drop a needle and make a smooth transition. For the final mix, our little DJs picked their own vinyl and came up with a progression of tunes to put together. This is the final outcome of Ballroom Marfa’s DJ Camp 2021.

CVC ATX is proud to present: DJ Panda, DJ Venus, DJ Boss Beach, DJ Vin, Lil’ Tay, Da Human 99, DJ Senpai, Lily Lil’ 103, DJ Neon Leon, DJ Logan”

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 the Capri, Marfa Recording Company, Mikelle and Matt Kruger, and Wienertown.

Special thanks to Chulita Vinyl Club, Marfa Independent School District, Michael Roch, and the parents and students of Marfa.