Frank Seifart

Do you remember your first milonga as a DJ? How did it all begin? Why have you decided to become a tango DJ?
- I remember that milonga very well. It was in 2005 and I had not much of an idea about being a Tango DJ. I decided to start to DJ because I was very unhappy with the music played in most milongas in Berlin at that time.

When do you like to play music more: in the afternoon, evening, night, afterparty? Why?
- I like all three. For my experience most dancers bring a very distinct energy according to the time of the day.

What music do you like besides tango?
- Classical music and traditional folk music.

What do you like more - to play music or to dance?
- In the beginning I preferred to dance much more and DJing was a torture to me, because I wanted to dance the whole time. Now I really enjoy DJing and I am always very touched seeing dancers going so much into the music.

What is your favourite flower? :)
- Tulips.

Favourite activities (hobbies) besides tango
- Spending time with my family, eating, drinking coffee.

How did you start dancing tango? Have you danced (do you dance) other dances?
- I started dancing Tango in 1998 because my girlfriend begged me to do it, after Salsa did not work out for us.

What else have you been doing in tango: organisation of milongas, festivals, teaching…?
- Dancing, teaching, organizing, enjoying.

How has your musical taste evolve during your tango life/DJ career?
- In the beginning I was a big fan of Donato, D'Arienzo and Biagi and Troilo was rather ok than being a favourite. My taste is still with D'Arienzo and much more melodic music than in the beginning and I love Troilo.

How do you choose music at a milonga?
- I stick with very good well known music most of the time. And I have a basic structure to always ensure a good mix of music styles. But I choose the Orchestras and the Tangos in the moment, according to my feelings about the dance floor. Sometimes I use little "tricks" to optimize the mood.

Without what songs/orchestras a milonga can’t be a good milonga?
- D'Arienzo, Troilo, Di Sarli, Pugliese, Tanturi/ Campos, D'Agostino/ Vargas.

Can you think of a happy/funny story connected with your DJing?
- Hahaha, yes. In the beginning of my DJ "career" I played a mixed Tanda of late Pugliese and Piazzolla in a very traditional milonga. When the Piazzolla started after the Pugliese half of the guests gave me a very strange look.

Do you like to travel? Name a most unusual place were you DJed/ danced
- I only like to travel in the train, but I like being on different places. I only play in traditional milongas.

In what city is there the best regular local milongas?
- Buenos Aires.

Where do you dream to go to?
- If I want to go to a place I do it.