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“I Wanted Spirits to Be Lifted”: DJ D-Nice Talks w/ Gayle King About His Star-Studded Instagram Live Parties

D-Nice joined CBS This Morning to discuss his momentous live sessions.

On the heels of his star-studded weekend, DJ D-Nice joined CBS This Morning on Monday to talk about the inspiration behind his Club Quarantine sets.

“I was at home self-isolating, just sitting here,” he said. “Then I realized outside of just missing my family, that the most important thing to me was the crowd, DJing for people. I woke up at four in the morning and just decided I wanted to throw a party.”

Names like Dave Chappelle, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and over 115,000 others joined the live stream at one point or another. According to D-Nice, the entire occasion was a sort of snowball effect.

READ: D-Nice, Questlove, and More: Here’s a List of Every DJ Stream That Has Been Keeping Us Sane During Quarantine

“It was supposed to just be for my friends on Instagram,” he said. “The next day, I hooked up the turntables. I noticed the crowd started to grow. John Legend was in there. I called Dave Chappelle up, he jumped in. The next day, J. Lo came, Drake arrived. And then that Saturday night party, like everyone was there.”

The first session, on Wednesday, ran for nearly 10 hours. By Saturday, presidential candidates and tech titans like Mark Zuckerberg showed up. However, the most shocking to D-Nice was Michelle Obama.

READ: From Bernie Sanders to Janet Jackson, D-Nice’s Social Distancing Party Drew a Star-Powered Crowd

“I put in a call to see if I could get the former First Lady in there,” he told Gayle King. “The moment she popped in, I just froze. And it’s not like I hadn’t DJed for her before. I was like ‘I don’t know what to play!'”

D-Nice also revealed that he had no setlist to guide him throughout the night.

“I don’t have a playlist, I literally just play what feels good. I wanted people to feel good, I wanted spirits to be lifted through music.”

Torry Threadcraft

Torry Threadcraft is a writer who covers music, sports, and culture. You can find his daily ramblings and culinary takes at @dreadcraft.

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