Summer Shake Up
DJ Camp with the Chulita Vinyl Club
Ballroom joined forces with Summer Shake Up for DJ Camp 2023, offered by Marfa ISD in collaboration with several community partner organizations. The 2023 DJ Camp was a vinyl-only workshop led by members of the Chulita Vinyl Club ATX for Marfa students in grades five through eight.
The four-day camp is designed to engage the imagination of youth from all backgrounds and introduce them to the world of vinyl. Throughout the week, students learn and practice beat-matching, mixing, scratching, and more. While offering practical experience with turntables and vinyl records, The Chulita Vinyl Club ATX also presented DJing as an art form with a rich culture and history, with portions of each class covering the history of DJ culture, music collectives, and an introduction to zine-making. Students are encouraged to use found music and images to create their own narratives, celebrating personal history and cultural exploration.
About the Instructors
Chulita Vinyl Club (CVC) is an all-vinyl, all-genre DJ collective 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, and togetherness, and utilizing 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.
Xochi Solis (she/her) aka Mira Mira is a mixed media artist born and raised in Austin, TX. In addition to her studio practice, she manages and spins records with the Austin chapter of Chulita Vinyl Club with a focus on the preservation and performance of Tejanx culture. // @xochisolis
Alejandra De La Huerta González
Alejandra De La Huerta González (she/her) aka Ale-Ale-Jandra is an Audio Engineer in the making. // @a.glz_atx
Claudia Saenz (she/her) aka Tear Drop is a first-generation Tejana/Mexican-American, founder, creative, and community builder. Growing up on the South Texas-Mexico border, she learned the importance of uplifting a community. Claudia founded Chulita Vinyl Club in 2014, a nationwide DJ organization that uses vinyl records to reclaim identity and form a community. Claudia lives in the Rio Grande Valley and enjoys being a devoted sister, daughter, partner, vinyl collector, and music lover. // @hardouthereforamija
Natalia Rocafuerte (she/her) aka Dj Dada is an audio/ visual artist experimenting with broadcasts and dreams. She is from the Rio Grande Valley and just completed her MFA at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. // @nataliarocafuerte
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.
Special thanks to Chulita Vinyl Club, Marfa Independent School District, Michael Roch, and the parents and students of Marfa.