This year’s amazing line-up of DJs includes:
Julia Wharington (Melbourne)
It’s all about the music, right? No music, no feels, no fun. When Julia started dancing she discovered quickly that the DJ had such a huge influence on her enjoyment of the night. This is what drew her to DJing. She wanted to see if she could create an awesome time for the dancers in the room. Julia always aims to mix it up and play a variety of styles and tempos, all depending on the time of night, mood in the room, and reaction of the crowd. As an omni-dancer herself, she loves the challenge of playing tunes that get everyone’s toes tapping, fingers snapping, and feet flying across the dance floor, no matter whether it’s Lindy Hoppers, Balboa or Shag dancers. She is super excited to play all that awesome swingin’ jazz for your dancing pleasures at MLX!
Vanessa Nimmo (Melbourne)
Vanessa spent most of her childhood either playing music or dancing to it, and if she had known that social dancing existed outside books she would have been much happier about the idea of growing up. She loves making the party happen for dancers, be it a solid big band swing party for over a thousand people at Melbourne’s White Night or a groovy blues party for 20 people at a local social dance.
Vanessa also likes blowing the lid on DJ secrets, the biggest of which is that DJ prep means listening to awesome jazz and blues all the time. What could be better? She is looking forward to bringing the rhythm business at MLX!
Trevor Hutchison (Melbourne)
As an enthusiastic collector of vintage jazz and blues music, Trevor is a sought after Swing DJ and has DJed at events all around Australia.
A long-time stalwart of the Perth scene, he has also featured as a guest DJ on Yehoodi Radio (USA), the Herräng Dance Camp (Sweden) and supported legendary sax blower Big Jay McNeely.
Expect to hear an eclectic mix that leans into gems from the swing era, with both classics and new surprises.
Shaz Callaghan (Gold Coast)
Shaz loves all kinds of music. She loves the kind that makes you holler, tap your feet, shimmy all over, shake what your mama gave you, or shuffle off to Buffalo. For Shaz it doesn’t get better than music and dancing, whether it’s having a boogie in the lounge room or swinging out on a packed ballroom floor in New York City. Shaz is quite a klutz and somewhat technologically challenged, however when she manages to play music people seem to have a good time. Shaz regularly plays tunes in whatever town she finds herself and has been fortunate enough to DJ at Jumptown Jam, Melbourne Swing Festival, Canberräng, 1929’s Sweet & Hot, Little Big Weekend, White Night, Hullabaloo, Swing Camp Oz and the Weekend Wiggle. She’s super happy to be DJ-ing at MLX, especially on the Ella and Basie nights – let’s dance!
Jarryd Reynolds (Adelaide)
Jarryd is one of Australia’s most experienced Lindy Hop DJs. He loves that classic big band sound with a particular emphasis on a strong rhythm section such as the Count Basie Orchestra or Duke Ellington. Jarryd has DJed his sets at events all over the country and he’ll happily nerd out for hours about the music and the dance.
Noni Healy (Melbourne)
Noni grew up in a musical household surrounded by opera, show tunes, hymns and jazz. Noni studied double bass and imagines herself in the band that she’s DJing! Noni has been DJing so long she remembers carrying all her CDs to every gig. She’s proud of her vast catalogue of music, her skills of reading the floor and loves unknown versions of classics. She aims to bring joy to the dance floor.
Megan Mundy (Melbourne)
Megan Mundy loves the blues. If it’s Sunday night in Melbourne, or an interstate exchange, or international blues festivals, Megan will be dancing or occasionally DJing. When she’s leading she likes her blues to have a driving beat with electric guitar. When she’s following she likes a touch of harmonica.
Kenneth Gosnold (Perth)
Originally from Adelaide and now living in Perth, Kenneth learned to DJ in Adelaide where he fell in love with blues and swing dancing. He also developed a love for the music which led to him DJing for dancers. When not DJing, Kenneth likes to forage for new music in bins, and grumble about people not liking Glen Miller. Kenneth chooses his music by thinking about if he would dance to the song. He then listens to it again then asks himself would anyone else dance to the song. This technique has helped Kenneth be asked to come back to DJ at events across Australia.
Naomi West (Melbourne)
Naomi loves the Blues and has a particularly strong affection for the blues room at MLX where she is excited to be djing for the first time this year, having refined her craft as a regular DJ at Melbourne’s Sunday Night Blues and interstate at Southern Blues (SA), SwingMania (TAS) and Brisbane Lindy Exchange (QLD). Expect her sets to fit in with the overarching theme of MLX18 by bringing some of the best Blues rhythms in the business, with a particular emphasis on strong women, meaningful lyrics and respecting the African American roots of Blues music. Naomi has been fortunate enough to travel through the home of the Blues and loves sharing the artists she met through her sets and showcasing a wide variety of Blues styles alongside the slow, blissful tracks that make for beautiful and connected late night dances.
Sam Carroll (Sydney)
Sam loves jazz.
What type of jazz? Basie said it best: “Four solid beats to the bar and no cheating!”
Sam DJs for lindy hoppers, and her usual goal is: manic crazed adrenaline junky party. The best men for that job are Count Basie and Lionel Hampton, and of course, in front of every good man is a good woman: Mary Lou Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, or Billie Holiday. Yes, Sam likes a big serve of meat and potatoes. Nothing complicated here.
Sam’s been DJing since 2004, and got into lindy hop in 1998 because she loved jazz. International DJ Sam Carroll has most recently been a staff DJ at Herrang Dance Camp (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Snowball in Sweden (2016), Authentic Jazz Festival in Seoul (2015), Seoul Lindyfest (2016, 2017), the Melbourne Lindy Exchange (2005-2016), and the Melbourne Swing Festival. She’s been head DJ for a bunch of events (including MLX, MSF, SSF, and SLX), and she runs lindy hop events in Sydney as part of her business Swing Dance Sydney.
All because she loves jazz.
Celia King (Melbourne)
Celia first DJed at a swing night in Fitzroy and took Evan’s advice to heart that 80% of DJing for dancers is playing songs you like to dance to. She is a fan of swampy blues and gravelly voices like Big Maybelle and blues that is edging towards rock. She loves seeing a song come alive in a room full of dancers.
Matt Greenwood (Brisbane)
Matt has been DJing swing dance events since 2004, firstly in Melbourne and then across Australia at swing and blues exchanges. Since moving to Brisbane he has been a regular DJ around Brisbane social dances, BLX and Balboa on the River. Matt loves the big band sounds of Basie, Ellington, Webb and Henderson, but will try to play anything once to get people dancing.