How Quarantine changed the landscape of diversity in open format music by DJs around the country
The Great Quarantine of 2020 and 2021 was a profound impact on the nightclub industry across the globe, with clubs being forced to close for months at a time, resulting in a decrease in revenue and a shift in the way that music is being played in venues. One of the most notable changes has been the decrease in the frequency of clubs booking out of town "Open Format" DJs, which has had a ripple effect on the level of diversity in the music being played in these venues.
Before the pandemic, nightclubs were known for hosting some of the biggest DJs from around the world, who brought their unique styles and tastes in music to local audiences. This allowed for a rich tapestry of sounds and genres to be showcased, with something for everyone to enjoy. However, with the advent of quarantine and the associated restrictions on travel and large gatherings, that had become much more difficult.
DJs were unable to travel, and even when they were, many were hesitant to take the risk of getting infected with the virus. As a result, local DJs had stepped up to fill the gap, with many clubs opting to book them instead of more established, out of town DJs. While this has helped to keep the music scene alive, it has also had an impact on the diversity of the music being played.
Local DJs often have a more limited repertoire of music than their out of town counterparts, as they may mostly have experience playing in their local area. This can result in a more homogenized sound, with fewer new and exciting sounds being introduced to audiences. In addition, local DJs may have less exposure to a wider range of musical styles, leading to a narrow focus on a particular genre or subculture.
The lack of diversity in the music being played has been exacerbated by the challenges that clubs are facing in attracting audiences. With many people still wary of the virus and financially recovering from the quarantine, many clubs have found it more difficult to attract consistently large crowds. This has led to a focus on playing safe, crowd-pleasing music that is likely to appeal to the majority of people, rather than taking risks and showcasing more diverse sounds.
The reduction in the frequency of out of town DJs has also had a financial impact on the nightclub industry. With fewer big-name DJs being booked, clubs have seen a decrease in revenue, as they are unable to charge the premium prices that these DJs command. This has put additional pressure on clubs to focus on playing safe, familiar music, as they try to maximize their revenue by spending less on a local DJ.
Despite these challenges, there are some clubs and DJs who are fighting back against the trend towards homogenized music. In many cases, these are smaller, more niche venues, who are not as reliant on large bottle service crowds for their success. These venues are still booking out of town DJs, as well as showcasing local talent, and are providing a space for more experimental and diverse music to be played.
Despite the challenges faced by the nightclub industry, the underground techno scene has continued to thrive, largely due to its commitment to booking out of town talent from around the globe. This has allowed for the introduction of new and innovative sounds to local audiences, ensuring that the scene remains fresh and exciting.
The underground techno scene has always had a focus on showcasing the latest and greatest in various types of dance music, and this had not changed in the face of the pandemic. Instead, the scene had adapted to the new realities, with many events moving online, allowing for DJs from around the world to reach audiences from the comfort of their own homes and keep them relevant.
This has had a profound impact on the growth of the underground techno scene, with audiences having greater access to a wider range of music and DJs than ever before globally. The scene has become more accessible to people who may not have had the opportunity to attend in person, and this has helped to grow its popularity. The moment travel was accepted again the underground scene booked non local talent regardless of the decreased revenues.
The commitment to booking out of town talent has also helped to foster a sense of community within the underground techno scene. With DJs from different parts of the world sharing their sounds and ideas, the scene has become more collaborative and inclusive, with a focus on showcasing the best in dance music, regardless of where it comes from.
Despite the challenges faced by the nightclub industry as a whole, the underground techno scene has continued to thrive, and this is largely due to its commitment to booking out of town talent and its focus on innovative and exciting music. By embracing the opportunities presented by the pandemic, the scene has managed to remain relevant and popular, and it is likely to continue to grow in the future.
The impact of quarantine on the nightclub industry has been far-reaching, with many venues struggling to survive in the face of reduced revenues. However, despite the challenges, there is still hope that the industry will emerge stronger and more vibrant than ever, with a greater focus on showcasing diverse and exciting music in the coming future.
In conclusion, the impact of quarantine on the nightclub industry has been significant, with a decrease in the frequency of clubs booking out of town open format DJs leading to a lack of diversity in the music style being played in venues. However, there are still open-format clubs clubs and DJs who are fighting back against this trend, and providing a space for more experimental and diverse sounds to be heard. The nightclub industry will continue to evolve, and hopefully emerge from its post pandemic phase stronger and more vibrant than ever.