For a scene that’s interwoven with myriad cultural junctures, it’s a bold statement to claim that this period in time will perhaps become one of the defining moments in the annals of dance music history. And yet, months into an international pandemic that’s seen half the world forced into lockdown with serious social and financial implications, a community has emerged that feels, in many respects, more united than ever. Clubbers, artists, DJs and venues have come together in remarkably resourceful ways that in spite of physical distances have proven the value of both dancefloor communities and the unbreakable personal bonds they nurture.
…a community has emerged that feels, in many respects, more united than ever
Rightly or wrongly, social media has proven an essential tool for connection, becoming a hub of collective ingenuity. For example, it took only days to launch United We Stream in Berlin once a Europe-wide lockdown was implemented. Doubling as a fundraising platform and streaming service, ten weeks later and it’s close to reaching a €1 million target, an amount set to be divvied up between various nightlife-related causes across the sector. The initiative has been so successful that other cities including Amsterdam and Manchester have also rolled out the scheme. Elsewhere, and campaigns from big players like Beatport, NTS Radio, and the Red Cross have also been hugely affective in harnessing the power of the dance music community for positive gain.