Bernt Andreas Drange
Do you remember your first milonga as a DJ? How did it all begin? Why have you decided to become a tango DJ?
- It was an outdoor milonga at Bryggen in Bergen, UNESCO world heritage site. I came a bit after it had started, so somebody had already put some music (it was quite an informal setting). I started by putting on the completely wrong song and everybody stopped dancing. You always learn. I started because we had almost no DJs and I wanted better music than our ready-made CDs with tandas.
When do you like to play music more: in the afternoon, evening, night, afterparty? Why?
- I like all of them, they have their own atmosphere and challenges for me.
What music do you like besides tango?
- Classical, Funk, Salsa, Soul, good pop music
What do you like more - to play music or to dance?
What is your favourite flower? :)
- Rose (the only one whose name I know in English) but after a quick search: wood anemone; it shows that spring is coming.
Favourite activities (hobbies) besides tango
- Going to sauna with friends!
How did you start dancing tango? Have you danced (do you dance) other dances?
- I used to dance salsa before I knew tango. A friend from the salsa world showed some tango steps on a weekend trip and then I noticed a poster about a beginner course.
What else have you been doing in tango: organisation of milongas, festivals, teaching…?
- Organisation of marathons, milongas, teaching, teaching DJ workshops and being part of the board of the tango associations in Bergen and Helsinki.
How has your musical taste evolve during your tango life/DJ career?
- It has become wider and wider, and the music I choose is newer. In the beginning there was much more 30s, now more from later in the 40s and some 15s.
How do you choose music at a milonga?
- Haha good question. To the best of my abilities, what the dancers need and want.
Without what songs/orchestras a milonga can’t be a good milonga?
- In addition to the four big ones: D'Arienzo, Di Sarli, Pugliese, Troilo, I would add at least Laurenz
Can you think of a happy/funny story connected with your DJing?
- Maybe that one time in Bergen, when I stopped the music in the middle of a tanda to ask people to respect the ronda more carefully. It was necessary, and it worked!
Do you like to travel? Name a most unusual place were you DJed/ danced
- I do like to travel! Unusual place: We danced at the Helsinki Railway Station. And once I DJd at a milonga in a shopping mall (!)
In what city is there the best regular local milongas?
- I wonder if that could be in Buenos Aires :)
Where do you dream to go to?
- To Minsk of course!
What song do you associate with Minsk Spring Tango Festival?
- El Puntazo or Lagrimas y Sonrisas