With Clubs Closed Down, Will Zoom DJing Be the New Normal?
Never in my 10 years of DJing did I imagine performing for people via the internet.
We live in a much different world with the COVID-19 pandemic still in full effect, impacting businesses left and right – especially clubs and the nightlife.
It's been a bummer for me, especially since I'm the living definition of an extrovert who enjoys going out on the town on the weekends. DJing has been a huge part of my life and my business and when the bars and clubs shut down, like most people, I took a huge hit.
These days, DJs have been becoming innovative by DJing on live Instagram broadcasts and now on Zoom, where you can host a house party from your own living room. Recently, I've been working with a local company that has hired me to perform a setlist for a couple of gigs, and as interesting as it was, the thrill was gone.
When you're so used to being engulfed in a crowd of people where the energy is flowing throughout the place, it hits differently when you're alone from your own living room. Now, it's not the end of the world to DJ via Zoom and you can most certainly reach a larger audience, but it just doesn't do it for me.
As a DJ, it's not just the music that you play, it's how you deliver yourself and to be quite honest, I enjoy dancing behind the ones and twos. So even though I can be seen moving around and appear to be enjoying myself, it's just not the same.
The day clubs and bars open back up and start hiring DJs again will be an incredible feeling, but for now, there are rules to be followed and I'm just going with the flow. Even if it means dancing alone like a fool in my living room.