About Me

kylesmithOriginally from Los Angeles, CA, I now make my home in Denver, CO. While my dancing and music career started as a night out almost 2 decades ago with friends in San Francisco, it didn’t take much before it turned into an obsession. Initially being turned onto swing music by Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra, I have expanded my musical passion throughout the years; but my roots are still the likes of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington.

Bringing my deep passion for classic big band swing, I am honored to have been a part of hundreds of swing events throughout my career. As the head DJ atĀ All Balboa Weekend and The Balboa Experiment, I have been instrumental in guiding the balboa music landscape. At the events I am honored to be a part of, I am often serving as competition music coordinator, giving presentations on the history of music or leading a DJ workshop. As of 2017, I have been inducted into the Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame, and couldn’t be more honored!

Despite being a part of many great balboa events such as Balboa on the Promenade and The Experiment, I share an equally strong passion for lindy hop. Starting as a lindy hopper in 1996, I have been a part of Camp Hollywood since 1999 and have had the pleasure of bringing my music to such great lindy hop events like ULHS, Snowball, Inspiration Weekend, and Lindy Focus.

I have taken my passion for classic swing music and turned it into a series of successful talks at many of the events I travel. With topics ranging from The History and Passion of Swing to Benny Goodman: King of the Clarinet, This Music Sucks, and Django Reinhardt: A Centennial Anniversary, my enthusiastic presentation style and musical knowledge makes me a popular attraction at any event.

One of my greatest talents is my ability to hand select competition music that both inspires and energizes the competitors and audience alike. I hold standing Head DJ positions at ABW, EBC, Lindy On The Rocks, The Balboa Experiment, and The California Balboa Championships.

Even though I am often stationedĀ behind a DJ booth, I still enjoy dancing. So when you see me out at an event, be sure to ask me for a dance. Just beware, I do get a little sweaty : )