DJ Nice sat down for an interview with Gayle King and opened about his decision to throw a nine-hour dance party on Instagram live.
It’s been a dreary few weeks as the world tries to adjust to our temporary norm of seeing less than three people a day amid the coronavirus outbreak. And while social distancing has become a new skill to add to our survival resume, it hasn’t stopped the world from uniting in the name of music. Enter: DJ D-Nice, who hosted a nine-hour Instagram dance party on Wednesday at 2 p.m., in an effort to help everyone stay positive during the pandemic.
The party, which D-Nice titled “Homeschool,” continued throughout the week and got so live that over 100,000 guests tuned on Friday night, including Rihanna, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Diddy, Ava DuVernay and more. D-Nice took to Instagram before his set on Saturday and expressed how happy he was to receive so much support. “I never would’ve imagined that the best party I would create and DJ would be from the comfort of my own home. Homeschool is a thing!” D-Nice wrote on Instagram.
“Yesterday was absolutely insane. The amount of artists and friends that virtually partied with me far exceeded my expectations. I’m feeling nothing but gratitude,” he said.” Thanks to all of you that supported. This has been a great way to keep our spirits high. Blessings! Sending some love to my family. Shout out to all of my industry execs! Much love to all of the artists!”
#ClubQuarantine as many dubbed it was an idea D-Nice came up with at four o’clock in the morning. “I realized that outside of missing my family, the other most important thing to me was the crowd, DJing for people,” he told Gayle King of CBS This Morning from the comfort of his home. What he thought would just be a few friends on Instagram, turned into a worldwide online party. “The next day, I hooked up the turntables, and then I noticed the crowd started to grow,” he said.
He said he knew he’d made legendary status when #foreverFirstLady Michelle Obama entered this live stream. “It’s not like I haven’t DJ-ed for her before, I just froze up,” he said. “I was like ‘I don’t know what to play,’ and then the music faded, and I was like ‘Oh, I know what she loves. She loves Beyonce. Let’s play that.'” D-Nice said the purpose of the party was to help people “feel good.” “I wanted people to feel good,” he shared. “I wanted their spirits to be lifted through music, just one song at a time.”
If you missed the first party wave, don’t worry. DJ D-Nice will be giving us the ones and twos again tonight at 6 p.m. EST on Monday.