Still Mixing It Up While Clubs Are Closed: Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren, Kygo & More Stay-at-Home DJ Picks

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Brian Ziff

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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 South Jersey DJ Paul Desisto; Boston's PeteDown; and Seattle's Trent Von.

Paul Desisto
Paul Desisto extols the virtues of a couple of Kygo collabs from his Golden Hour LP, which debuted at No. 2 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart earlier this month, including "Lose Somebody," with OneRepublic. "Kygo has been releasing some incredible tracks, including 'Broken Glass,' with Kim Petras," Desisto tells Billboard. "I believe that his 'Lose Somebody' would've been the song of the summer for 2020 if nightclubs were open. There haven't been many edits or remixes made of either song, but both of the originals are incredible."

As summer has officially started, "Lose" lifts 8-6 on the June 27-dated Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. "Broken" ranks at No. 16 a week after reaching a No. 13 high.

Desisto, who under normal circumstances would be spinning at Ocean Casino Resort's HQ2 Nightclub and Beach Club in Atlantic City and at Cooper's Riverview (for a popular college night) in Mercer County, New Jersey, among other venues, has also been enjoying Loud Luxury's "Gummy," featuring Brando, calling it "another smash" from the acts. He muses, "It has similar summer vibes to their hit 'Body.' It's groovy and fun to listen to."

On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, "Gummy" stuck to a No. 42 peak in April. "Body" hit No. 7 in January 2019 during a year-long run.

Additionally, Desisto has been digging Armin van Buuren and Brennan Heart's "All on Me," featuring Andreas Moe. "This track has an incredible vocal, one that's perfect for radio and club sets," the DJ shares. "Great build-ups, melody is extremely catchy and the drop is a perfect balance of fun and energy, while not too heavy and noisy."

PeteDown
PeteDown (real name Pedro Medeiros) has been into Steve Aoki's "I Love My Friends," featuring Icona Pop. "From the first time I heard this record, I instantly knew I was dropping it in my sets," PeteDown tells Billboard. "It's a fun, peak-hour, sing-along song." The track, from Aoki's Neon Future IV, which hit No. 11 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums in April, reached No. 33 on the June 20-dated Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart.

PeteDown, who would usually be playing at such Boston venues as Tavern in the Square, Liberty Hotel, Greatest Bar and more, as well as at Circe and Tel Aviv in Providence, Rhode Island, has also been liking Imanbek and Martin Jensen's "I'm Just Feeling (Du Du Du)." The DJ says, "I've been a fan of all of Imanbek's releases thus far. This one's catchy." "Feeling" hit No. 30 on the May 16-dated Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

Additionally, PeteDown, a Fall River, Massachusetts, native, shouts out Love Harder's Kylie Minogue makeover "All I Think About." "I'm loving this rework," he says. "This will go over well on any dance floor." The track updates Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head," which became her first of 14 Dance Club Songs No. 1s in February 2002. The next month, it trekked to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her second top 10 (after "The Loco-Motion" in 1988).

Trent Von
Trent Von has been enjoying veteran act Yello's new song, "Waba Duba." "I've been teasing my followers online about the release of this track," Von tells Billboard. "I got excited the moment I heard a sample of it, and now that it's here I can't get enough. It's the song we can all relate to after the year we've been having."

Trent Von, who would normally be entertaining crowds at Tulalip Resort Casino, Emerald Downs and a variety of local nightclubs in the Seattle area, also discloses his affinity for newly released versions of Gloria Gaynor's classic anthem "I Will Survive" (Eric Kupper mix extended). Von declares, "This is the musical answer to the current COVID-19 pandemic. It's the perfect song for the times, especially when everyone is reaching for musical comfort food."

The initial "Survive" spent three weeks at No. 1 on both the Hot 100 and Dance Club Songs in 1979.

Additionally, Von, who's keeping busy producing his radio shows on Seattle's influential, core-dance station KNHC (C89.5), as well as regularly livestreaming during the pandemic, reveals that he pulled a song out of the vault that's been working well: Time Zone's "World Destruction" (12" remix). The new wave track hit No. 54 on the Dance Club Songs chart (then 80-positions deep) in February 1985.

"This one might seem odd, but it really isn't," Von explains. "It's obvious why people are responding to the message of this song, which is more relevant now than it was [in the '80s]. As far as the track itself, no fancy remix; I just dusted off the original and started playing it and the requests haven't stopped."

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