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D-Nice Joins Silicon Valley-Based Startup Simplicity As Investor And Ambassador

DJ D-Nice has mastered the art of creating community through technology. Now, he has forged a partnership to continue these efforts for the greater good. According to a press release, D-Nice has become an investor in Simplicity Tech Inc. The company’s application provides users with information regarding “city updates, emergencies, outages, road closures, enforcements, and city events.” Simplicity Tech Inc. is used in over 100 cities, including the San Francisco Bay Area.

Aug 2, 2022

DJ D-Nice, LVMH To Celebrate Two-Year Anniversary Of Club Quarantine With A Donation To Black Girl Ventures

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...

Mar 17, 2022

Swizz Beatz Sets Record Straight About Selling Verzuz As Its New Owner TrillerNet Plans To Go Public

Verzuz’s impact continues to remain supreme! According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR) , during a celebration of the culture’s most innovative creators, Swizz Beatz, co-founder of the virtual battle series that continues to be a smash hit, received the Icon Award. “I always knew that when creatives celebrated each other it would work, when two creatives get together instead of being in competition and pitted against each other — although it is called Verzuz , it’s still a celebration,” said the “Party Up” producer during his acceptance speech. Following the ceremony, the legendary producer gave insight on why he and his Verzuz partner, Timbaland, made the decision to sell the platform to TrillerNet, the parent company of the global AI-powered short-video app Triller. He explained that the two will become TrillerNet shareholders as a part of the deal and will split part of their stake in the company among the 43 artists who have performed on Verzuz thus far. Swizz Beatz also...

Jun 28, 2021

Beyond Club Quarantine, D-Nice Continues To Bridge The Gap Between Music And Tech

As the originator of Club Quarantine (CQ), which practically got us through lockdown and COVID-19 restrictions, D-Nice knows exactly how to make music and tech go hand-in-hand and has been doing so for years. Still in 2021, ain’t nothing changed as he’s continuing to work his magic at the intersection of music and technology. “Music introduced me to being creative, but technology saved my life,” said D-Nice in an exclusive interview with AfroTech. He originally entered the music business as an artist and when he decided to leave the industry at the age of 23, it was then that he realized that the love he had for music was very much the same when it came to technology. “I got involved in tech early-on so I became a partner at a small company where we built websites for online marketing which at the time was still kind of in its infancy stages,” he told AfroTech. It was then that he worked with Boom Digital to build websites for artists like the late Aaliyah and R&B superstar, Tank....

Apr 23, 2021