Still Mixing It Up While Clubs Are Closed: Martin Garrix, Dua Lipa, Benny Benassi & More Stay-at-Home DJ Picks

Martin Garrix
Louis van Baar

Martin Garrix

Each week, Billboard is polling club DJs with venues shuttered due to the coronavirus.

With clubs closed across the country and Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart on hiatus, we're asking reporting club DJs what they've been listening to lately, while at home, of course.

This week, we spoke with Los Angeles DJ Scotty Boy, Cleveland's MIMO and New England-based Vinny Vibe.

Scotty Boy

Scotty Boy (real name Scott Schroer), who sports three No. 1s ("Shiny Disco Balls," featuring Sue Cho, 2014; "You're Not Alone," with Lizzie Curious, 2017; and "Shine Your Love," also with Curious, 2018) among six chart entries on Dance Club Songs, has been boogying to Jarred Gallo's latest, "Wanna Be Free." "I love the deep soulful, disco-jackin' vibes on this one," he tells Billboard. "Gallo is one of my good friends from San Francisco, and I can't wait to play this in the club when things open back up."

Scotty Boy, who would normally be playing his Deep House Brunch party near his home in downtown Los Angeles, and whose latest tribal track, "What People Say," was released April 3, also can't get enough of Moodena's "All Night Long." "I just love this bassline over the Rhodes keys and deep sexy grooves," he says. "This song just puts a smile on my face."

Additionally, Scotty Boy, who as a resident DJ on one of the largest floating dance festivals, Groove Cruise, has been participating in a series of livestreams to benefit the Whet Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund, is into Usher's "Don't Waste My Time" (Rightside & Mark Di Meo remix), featuring Ella Mai. "Another friend of mine, Mark Di Meo is an Italian DJ and producer living in LA and making such beautiful vocal deep house," Scotty Boy praises. "This remix is super sexy."

Usher and Mai's hit reached No. 2 on the R&B Digital Song Sales chart in December and No. 4 on Adult R&B Songs last week.

MIMO

MIMO (real name Dominic Spitalieri) reports that he is into Regard and RAYE's "Secrets." "I've been rocking with this one since its release," he tells Billboard. "Regard dropped another bomb after his 'Ride It.' smash; perfect record for those pool and beach parties."

"Secrets," which improves 24-18 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, indeed serves as the follow-up to "Ride It.," which continues its mainstream crossover, rising 74-62 on the Billboard Hot 100.

MIMO, who would normally be playing weekly at such clubs as FWD Day + Nightclub and Lago East Bank in Cleveland and monthly at Havana Nightclub in Atlanta, has also been enjoying Don Diablo's "Bad," featuring Zak Abel. "'Bad' is the biggest hit at the moment in my opinion," MIMO says. "This collaboration is amazing."

"Bad" began at No. 34 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs on April 4, and rebounds 39-38 on the current chart.

Additionally, MIMO muses that, even during quarantine, it's not easy to start the work week. To that end, he's loving the latest from veteran Italian DJ/producer Benny Benassi and BB Team, "Everybody Hates Monday Mornings," featuring Canguro English. MIMO calls the track "an absolute banger. I can't wait to get back to the clubs and play this one. Everyone can relate to this record, and the drop is next level. You just have to dance to this one."

Vinny Vibe

Vinny Vibe (real name Vincent DiNofrio) has been dancing to Martin Garrix's "Drown," featuring Clinton Kane. "I like the bright future bass sounds," the DJ says. "Garrix hit the nail on the head with the vocals from Kane."

"Drown" debuted at No. 12 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs in March and this week bumps 22-21. The track hit No. 16 a week ago on Dance/Mix Show Airplay.

The New England-based Vibe, who would typically be playing weekly in three states, including Shrine Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Tikki Beach in Westerly, Rhode Island, and at multiple Boston clubs such as The Grand, Memoire and Big Night Live, has also been reveling in Lodato's remix of Dua Lipa's "Break My Heart."

Vibe, who helms his own SiriusXM show, Big Night Radio, which airs Friday mornings on Pitbull's Globalization channel, notes, "I like Lodato's remix because I think it's the perfect cross between pop and dance. Great for both radio and club." "Heart" hikes 16-10 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, earning Dua Lipa her seventh top 10, and 40-31 on the Hot 100.

Additionally, Vinny Vibe, who has been livestreaming during the pandemic, confesses his affection for Sak Noel, Salvi and Franklin Dam's "Tocame." "I love how Sak Noel brought the Latin vibe to this EDM track, something which I think is quickly becoming a hot trend," he says.

Sak Noel is no stranger to that sound, starting with influential international smash "Loca People," which reached No. 37 on Dance Club Songs in 2011. In 2016, "Trumpets," the act's Latin-reggae-dance hit, also with Salvi and Sean Paul, topped Mexico Ingles Airplay for three frames and reached No. 43 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.

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