You may know Derrick Jones — or DJ D-Nice — for coming up with the concept for Club Quarantine during the height of the pandemic to help people stay connected. He dedicated his time and talents to host Club Quarantine daily on Instagram Live.
Now, he will be joining forces with Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) to celebrate Club Quarantine’s second anniversary, which will kick off with a three-day celebration set to begin today.
“It’s not necessarily about the music. It’s a way for people to stay connected to friends and their families because we could not see each other,” D-Nice said exclusively to AfroTech.
He continued: “We found ways to dance virtually which was very important because I firmly believe had it not been for these virtual spaces of dancing and listening to music, or just being able to communicate with one another using Instagram or Zoom, the depression and suicide rate would have been higher. Thank goodness for music and entertainment during this dark time.”
Not only did Club Quarantine make people dance, but it also set out to encourage other actions such as voting and placing contributions toward charities to make the world a better place. Plus, D-Nice’s live sessions were recently recognized by the White House for Black History Month.
D-Nice, LVMH Will Announce Donation To Black Girl Ventures
To honor the essence of D-Nice’s brainchild, LVMH — which includes a portfolio of brands such as Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Fendi — will sponsor the musical spectacle promoting “love, positivity, and good vibrations,” according to information provided to AfroTech.
Listeners can also expect special appearances from D-Nice’s closest peers in the industry.
For D-Nice, the stamp of approval from LVMH advanced his goal to ensure the celebration would serve a larger purpose. During the anniversary, LVMH will announce a sizable donation to Black Girl Ventures and it will be matched by D-Nice.
“When I agreed to partner with LVMH on the second-anniversary celebration, I also wanted us to donate to an organization because that is what Club Quarantine represents to me. Not just celebrating the music, but celebrating the people who use to listen during a dark time because they love the music and community. I’m looking forward to celebrating people’s love and life,” he said.
Club Quarantine will run on Thursday, March 17, 4-6 p.m. PST, and Friday, March 18 and, Saturday, March 19, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST.