Pioneer DJ release Distant Dancefloors: COVID-19 and the Electronic Music Industry

Pioneer DJ releases Distant Dancefloors exploring the global impact of COVID-19 on the electronic music scene. As the world ventures into the ‘new normal’, Pioneer DJ presents a 360° view of the economical, psychological and social impact COVID-19 has had on global club culture.

Overnight, the music was made to stop; venues were forced to close, festivals and live events cancelled, and thousands of livelihoods put in jeopardy. Distant Dancefloors goes back to the beginning when the virus took hold; the first warnings, global realisation and the resulting lockdown.

Sharing their reflections of the last six months, the film features commentary from international DJs such as Blond:ish, Eats Everything, Honey Dijon, Luciano and Rebuke as well as industry insiders including Kevin Watson, Author of the International Music Summit Business Report & Paul Reed the Association of Festivals, artist managers and fans. Analyzing the combined experience of those interviewed, Distant Dancefloors explores how the industry first reacted and has begun to adapt.

Blond:ish comments: “It is unfortunate the situation that we are in but we adapt, that’s what we do, that’s our human nature. The question is, how are we adapting as a music industry? And, how are we going to come back and solidify a new sustainable foundation as an industry and be innovative for everyone else, to be an example?”

In the film, we hear the contrasting opinions of artists as they look to respond to the crisis giving their view on the future of the industry. Will video streaming become the new normal? Will streaming remain popular once we return to clubs? Is this a chance to change the industry for the better? What has been the impact felt by the hundreds and thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on the industry? Can the dancefloor exist in a time of social distancing? Distant Dancefloors investigates.


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.