Entries by Matt Mitchell

DJ Battle of the Bands, Third Edition

20 September 2018, Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs, Austin, Texas On March 7th, 1937, Chick Webb and His Orchestra were defeated by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. Duke’s drummer, Sonny Greer, later stated “We tore them up, man!” But the defeat was not to last. In an epic rematch, Chick (DJ Lian) squared off against […]

Awesome Mix – 19 July 2018

As promised, we’ll be sharing set lists or highlighted songs for the various DJs from each Main Room evening. Below are the sets from the 19th of July. Please note that DJing is a skill and each set is created in real time based on the needs of the floor. The exact same songs could be […]

The Track Podcast

Ryan Swift is a photographer, dancer, and DJ based in NYC. He’s been dancing since 1998 and DJ’d around the world, DJing for numerous Lindy Hop exchanges, dance camps, weekend workshops, and competitions, including national events such as the International Lindy Hop Championships, Stompology, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown & Frankie100, and at NYC events like Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. He has […]

DJ Battle of the Bands, Second Edition

January 2018, the Syndicate held its second Battle of the Bands for another energetic night of Swing greats! This time, Chick Webb battled Jimmie Lunceford and Andy Kirk, brought to life through the best recordings by DJ Lian, DJ Keli, and DJ George, respectively. Andy Kirk was a surprise hit, but it was a close call between […]

First Ever DJ Battle of the Bands!

In May of 2017, three historic bands took the stage at the Fed for the Syndicate’s first ever Battle of the Bands! Chick Webb, Count Basie, and Benny Goodman squared off in a “battle royale”, winner-take-all head to head event! How was the Syndicate able to pull off such a feat? Three talented and eager DJs took […]

Interested in Learning to DJ?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to DJ? Maybe you’re just interested in how to keep a dance party going beyond just hitting “play” on a set list, or maybe you’re curious about DJing at the Fed on Thursday nights? If you’re a full member of the Fed, you can go through our social […]

King Porter Stomp

If you’ve danced at the Fed in the Main Ballroom or the Uptempo Side Room (on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month), chances are you’ve heard some version of “King Porter Stomp”. Learn more!

Swing Music 101

In 2016, the Austin Swing Syndicate invited internationally renowned DJ, Kyle Smith, to do a series of talks. Below is his keynote “What is Swing Music” (Swing Music 101). If you’re curious about the music we play at the Syndicate events, or about the history of the music, please watch the video below! For more […]