Putting the “disco” in DDC
You might be wondering what Russian ballet or the Vangelis-scored Blade Runner have to do with disco. Well, not a lot. The "disco" umbrella is more about the "ideological movement" of disco, and the complete freedom the music inspires, according to Nichols.
“In Year One, the themes we picked were [out of the] spectrum of genres within disco,” Nichols said. “So, that could be Italo disco or cosmic disco or bathhouse disco. In the second year, because obviously one runs out of the different disco genres, we rewrote our mission statement with the idea that there are these historical moments that radiated through the decades, leading up to the decade that is disco.”
The genre remains present in each installment, but don’t expect the music to sound like someone just put on a greatest hits of the ‘70s album. Instead, anticipate rare edits, underground tracks, and the occasional foray into techno as the hour gets later.
Though Disco Dining Club can be a little intimidating, what with the secret locations, elaborate theming and costuming, Nichols embraces those intrigued with open arms: "If you personally reach out me or if I ever meet you, you are instantly part of the family."
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