- Since Wednesday March 18, DJ D-Nice has been hosting Club Quarantine, a.k.a. “the biggest party in the world”—virtually, via an Instagram Live that quickly went viral, growing larger by the day.
- Saturday night’s coronavirus quarantine dance party—which he calls “Home School”—drew in guests like Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and our very own Oprah and Gayle King. And some “partygoers” have even found love!
- Here’s everything we know about DJ D-Nice’s Instagram Live “Club Quarantine” dance parties, including how you can watch.
In a pre-coronavirus world, for many folks, Saturday nights might have meant dance parties at clubs all around the country. But as we’re all social distancing, thanks to DJ D-Nice, any person anywhere can be part of one giant dance party at the same time—via Instagram. Since Wednesday, the DJ, who is also a well-known photographer and is credited for discovering several artists, including Kid Rock, has been inviting his followers to join him for a virtual dance party he’s calling “Home School”—or “Club Quarantine,” as fans have affectionally called it—on Instagram Live.
Guests including Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and John Legend popped in to the “party” throughout the week, but on Saturday the party got lit, as the kids say, with guests including Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Ellen DeGeneres, and our very own Oprah and Gayle King. Even Democratic presidential candidates Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders joined in on the fun, which as of publish time had at one point reached upwards of 100,000 live viewers.
As D-Nice spun tracks by artists including Rihanna and Janet Jackson, he shouted out his special guests—even joking that perhaps guest Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, might “buy out the bar” for all of the guests. As he played dance tunes, followers commented on what a nice break the jam session was as we’re all social distancing. Many also remarked on the power that music and dance has to change the world.
On CBS This Morning on Monday, Gayle interviewed the DJ, telling him she “got out of her bed and home dancing around the room in my t-shirt.” D-Nice told her he came up with the idea after being home self-isolating and realizing that outside of missing his family, he also missed DJ’ing for people. So he decided to throw a party.
“It was supposed to just be for my friends on Instagram, and the next day, I looked up from the turntables and noticed that the crowd had started to grow,” he told Gayle.
And Oprah? She even called it “the best party of 1 and 100k I have ever been to.
DJ D-Nice’s “parties” might have even helped some social distancers find love. Over the weekend, the blog The Shade Room reported that after Saturday night’s party was over, an Atlanta man named Greg—a music producer who goes by the name of 4orty—decided to message one of the women he’d “seen” at the party. His smooth move led to an adorable conversation just like you might experience at a real life party.
“I saw you at the party,” he wrote to his new friend. “Couldn’t come speak because it was too crowded. I did bump into Oprah and VP Biden at the VIP.”
Turns out his game worked, as the potential couple is now set to have a “quarantine lunch” sometime soon:
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TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh ___ #TSRShootYourShot: Listen, even amidst this #coronavirus pandemic, shooters gon’ shoot! ___ When DJ D-Nice served the world yesterday by bringing joy with his virtual party, an Atlanta man decided to treat it like any other party and shoot his shot at a woman on his friend’s list who also virtually “pulled up” to the function. ___ After the party was over, Greg, a music producer who goes by the name of 4orty, decided to slide in his lady friend’s DMs and we got to give him some points because homeboy was clever with it. ___ On top of that, the shot was a swish swish, which means they’ll be having a quarantine lunch date real soon! #Roomies, is this the new wave of dating for now? Let us know your thoughts below! (Via @mistermusik)
After a week of special guests—which have included virtual “partyers” like Gabrielle Union, Angie Martinez, Common, Dave Chappelle, and more—Oprah interviewed D-Nice on her “Oprah Talks” Apple TV series to talk about what the experience has been like.
“I woke up on Sunday morning after the big night, and to watch my social media following go up from 200,000…and by the end of the next day, it was at 1.3 million,” he said. “When I woke up, I felt a bit overwhelmed, because in the moment I didn’t realize I was doing something special. You’re just doing what feels good, but I didn’t realize it was special until that next morning, and I had tears. I’ve been in the music industry for over 30 years…but nothing felt like that, helping people. It was selfless and self-serving as well, because I was isolated too, and I just wanted people to feel good.”
If you missed the party on Saturday night, not to worry: D-Nice is keeping the jam session going daily on his Instagram. You can be a part of “the biggest party in the world” by following D-Nice on Instagram at @dnice and tuning in to his “Lives.” And you can also tune in to his favorite uplifting dance tracks on his “Homeschool” Spotify playlist.
Davis, Arianna. “DJ D-Nice Tells Oprah He’s Throwing Virtual Dance Parties ‘To Help People Feel Good.’” Oprah Magazine, Oprah Magazine, 26 Mar. 2020, www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/a31860967/dj-dnice-instagram-dance-party-coronavirus-quarantine/.