Monday, August 27, 2007
Not a lot of ink is devoted to DJ Campeón, despite the fact that he happens to be one of the most important figures in the Buenos Aires underground.
Campeón is one of those people whose fingerprints can usually be found all over whatever is new and cool in Buenos Aires. Since 2000 he has be spinning fresh sounds in art galleries, bars, house parties, clubs and, according to his bio, "anyplace that needs to be converted into a dance floor." Yet without an official release or even a widely-circulated mixtape to his name, other local DJs are usually the ones making the headlines.
Perhaps that is because some of those headlines are being written by DJ Campeón himself. While DJ Campeón is just another Buenos Aires DJ (albeit an excellent one), Mariano del Aguila (his actual name) has put together an impressive body of work as a local journalist, most notably writing about culture and music for the Clarín newspaper. In recent months he has penned articles covering everything from Marcelo D2's visit to Buenos Aires to an international group of street artists putting up murals around San Telmo. His articles are basically required reading for anyone looking for the pulse of the Buenos Aires underground.
Besides simply notifying the masses about all the cool things happening in Buenos Aires, DJ Campeón also does his part to add to that list. He is the organizer of Drum & Boxx, an unusual series of parties which combine underground beats with live boxing matches. He also happens to be a founding member of Limantes, a local audio/visual collective who bill themselves as DJ+VJ+TJ (Disc Jockey+Video Jockey+Text Jockey).
This Wednesday, DJ Campeón will find himself in a little bit of the spotlight during a DJ set at Zizek. Also spinning are DJ Joven, and special international guests DJ Missill (France) and Toy Hernandez (Mexico). The party is one of the opening celebrations for the BAFIM (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de la Música), which runs through this Sunday.