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About DJ DDP

My name is Derrick Del Pilar and I’m a tango addict DJ.
Like most American tango DJs, I started one day when I went to a milonga stateside, watched the dancers, and thought to myself, “There are some sets I’d like to play for everyone here!” and then, armed with iTunes and a few CDs I’d brought back from Buenos Aires, I started making playlists.
I began by DJing locally in the warm community of Tucson (at my friend Erik Fleming‘s milonga, among others) while I was an undergrad at the University of Arizona. After that, I went to Berkeley to get an M.A. in Latin American Studies…and dance tango in San Francisco.
The Bay Area has some outstanding DJs, and I learned a lot just by listening to their sets. One night I complimented Felipe Martinez on a set I particularly liked…he graciously invited me to DJ at The Beat sometime, and I took him up on the offer. Things really started snowballing after that…I moved back to Tucson after grad school and DJed some there, then I started to get invited to festivals. I’ve DJed at milongas and festivals in Albuquerque, Ashland, Berkeley, Chicago, Eugene, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, and Tucson…check the Gigs page to see where I’ve been and where I’ll be.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot, at Berkeley when I got my M.A. in Latin American Studies (frankly, a rather useless/unmarketable degree) I specialized in the history and literature of early 20th century Argentina…and I translate tango lyrics! Visit my other blog, The Poetry of the Tango, to read some of them.



5 thoughts on “About DJ DDP

  1. I just discovered you and all this info. its great- thanks so much. I’ve been dancing for over 12 years and am only now playing with the idea of making my own playlists. The dance itself took me over me I guess. I’ve always been in love with the music and musicianship. thanks so much

    Posted by robert w browne | 02.02.2017, 10:28 am
  2. Hi Derrick,

    Your tandas are the best! I hope you haven’t abandoned this site. I’ve been faithfully checking every week for the last six months to see if you’ve made a posting, but you’ve disappeared. Please come back. No one’s music sensibility is as good as yours.


    Posted by danellek (@danellek) | 12.08.2012, 12:35 pm
  3. Hey… I’d love to add a tanda from you to my blog. Send me your email address too. Thank you!

    – Antti.

    Posted by DJ Antti Suniala | 08.01.2012, 3:22 am
  4. Hey Derrick! I’m very happy to find your blog. It looks really good and I like the tandas I listened to already. I’ve been following your song translations a bit earlier. I’ll share this atleast on my FB group for starters. Send me a tanda for my blog one day ok? All the best, Antti.

    Posted by DJ Antti Suniala | 01.12.2011, 3:01 am
    • Hi Antti,
      Glad you’re enjoying my tandas! As you can see in the blogroll on the right, I enjoy your tanda blog as well–in fact, your format gave me the idea to start mine!
      I would be happy to share a tanda with you, and also with your permission to share one of yours (with a link back to your blog and credit of course).
      Abrazos milongueros,

      Posted by poesiadegotan | 01.12.2011, 10:03 am

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