D-Nice, Questlove & More: Here's a List of Every DJ Stream That Has Been Keeping us Sane During Quarantine
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It's not just D-Nice. Over the last week. numerous DJs, producers, beatmakers, and artists have been streaming to the world from their living room. Here are some set mixes you can check out.
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.)
DJ Premier's 54th birthday was on Saturday, March 21. He celebrated his birthday weekend by doing a monster hip-hop set on his Instagram Live. Let's hope it wasn't just a birthday occasion and he comes back.
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Just Blaze just stopped spinning. Literally. like a couple of minutes ago. Just Blaze spent the majority of Sunday night and Monday morning spinning a wide range of jams. He spun for more than 12 hours, only stopping to chat with legends like Erick Sermon and Kid Capri.
\u201cNow @JustBlaze impressing @iAmErickSermon about facts about his own music and then they talked for like 10 mins about beat making, amazing, I can\u2019t believe JB is still at it\u201d— A different Mike D. (@A different Mike D.) 1584897803
\u201cWent to bed to @JustBlaze DJing with Ladybug Mecca @digableplanets tossing out incredible requests, woke up to him still going and making beats. Wow... wow.\u201d— A different Mike D. (@A different Mike D.) 1584897803
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Sunday was a busy night. Famed producer 9th Wonder joined in the fun by spinning some classic R&B jams on Instagram Live.
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"House music anyone?" While DJs were spinning R&B and hip-hop, the legendary DJ Tony Touch went to his Instagram on Sunday and spun house classics.
At the stroke of midnight, Kid Capri went to his Instagram Live to chop up some iconic beats. If you ever wanted to see a master at work, this is your chance.
Plies' DJ Loosekid has been keeping fans quarantined spirits high with his #Instalounge sets. He's already had multiple streaming sets and doesn't seem like he's stopping anytime soon.
Philly-born and raised turntablist Matthew Law is known for rocking dance floors around the world. Recently, Law has been taking to IG every night at 8 PM EST for hashtag #LawslairRadio, dropping lovely sets full of rare grooves and underrated jams.
Streaming live from his living room, Mad Decent founder and renowned DJ/Producer Diplo has been regularly going live, His tasteful, inventive mixes touch everything from house music and global sounds to minimal electronica and beyond.