In the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 (otherwise known as coronavirus) governments and health organizations around the world have called for people to help prevent the spread of the virus by staying in their homes and avoiding large public gatherings. This practice of “social distancing” has obviously had a detrimental impact on the live music and nightlife industries.
As a result of this shocking turn of events, an untold number of nightclubs and venues have been forced to close their doors leaving DJs and beatmakers with no place to play and party-goers with no places to party. Utilizing common audio and video technology, the music community has responded with many DJs and beatmakers opting to stream their live mixes and beat sets from the comfort of their own homes.
No one has capitalized on this trend quite like legendary DJ D-Nice.
He started on Wednesday, March 18th. He took to his Instagram for Homeschoolin’: Social Distancing Dance Party, a 9-hour marathon mix of jams, ranging from ’80s R&B to contemporary rap. D-Nice then followed it up with Saturday’s mix, dubbed #ClubQuarantine. He started spinning at 3 PM PST and ran for nearly 10 hours, drawing a massive crowd of pedestrian and celebrity traffic, with everyone from Michelle Obama to Janet Jackson to Bernie Sanders to Stevie Wonder tuning in. That night D-Nice cracked 100,000 viewers.
He then returned for a set on Sunday. This time cracking over 150,000 viewers and seeing his Instagram break a million followers. (When he started he had about 200k followers.) He also got glowing write-ups in the New York Times and the New Yorker. D-Nice’s IG has emerged as the preeminent live-streaming dance party in the world.
But he isn’t the only one. Over the last week. numerous DJs, producers, beatmakers, and artists have been streaming from their living room on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube. (In fact, Sunday, March 22nd, saw legends like Questlove, Just Blaze, DJ Premier, Nice, and more stream at the same time.) If you are going a little stir crazy — and who isn’t — here are a few dope mixologists that have been streaming during these trying times.
Hopefully, they will continue to bless us until this passes.
Inspired by D-Nice, Questlove went to his Instagram Live and spun slow jams for nearly four hours. Quest dubbed the session #QuestLoversRock, and even rocked a Sade-inspired sweater in the process. (The sweater was designed by Nan. You can cop it here.)
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