To celebrate the one year anniversary of “Club Quarantine,” DJ D-Nice attempted to embark on an epic 24-hour anniversary set. But per his Instagram, the DJ began to fatigue around the 12th hour and decided to rest.
“My heart says yes, my body is saying hell no,” D-Nice captioned a post early Saturday (March 20) morning. Nevertheless, one of the true heroes of last year’s quarantine has picked up where he started and is currently spinning classics on his IG live.
Who can forget the inaugural “Club Quarantine” last year, which was virtually attended by nearly one million Instagram users — including Will Smith, Oprah, President Joe Biden, Michelle Obama, and REVOLT chairman Diddy. Spectators commented emojis and watched in awe as various celebrities entered the chat, paying their respects to the accomplished NYC-bred mix master, D-Nice. By then, most clubs and entertainment venues in the country had already closed and the uncertainty of when they would reopen loomed heavily. The DJ would later reveal that the party “was supposed to just be for a few friends on Instagram.”
Yesterday, D-Nice, who’s real name is Derrick Jones, released a single titled “No Plans For Love.” The upbeat anthem features Ne-Yo and Kent Jones. In an interview this week with People, the DJ commented on the impact of “Club Quarantine.”
“I felt like my job was important to be a source of inspiration to so many people,” D-Nice said. “Last year was difficult. We’ve lost a lot of people. I’ve lost a lot of friends in the music industry due to COVID. But then we were also fighting when protesting was going on in our communities and police brutality, it was hard. That’s what made Club Quarantine so important, because it was always a safe space for people.”
“When I first started doing this, I thought I would have no room for new friends but here I am now with like two million new friends,” he continued. “I feel like I got this new family now. I really do feel like I’m a part of a bigger community... I spent most of my career feeling as a DJ; DJ life is one of the loneliest lives. So this virtual community just allows me to not feel lonely. It just feels like love.”
Head over to DJ D-Nice’s Instagram now to commemorate the one year anniversary of “Club Quarantine” and show him some love.