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Stay Home Silent Disco is bringing the party to the people with beats benefitting Colorado artist relief

Erin Stereo, DJ Sinistarr and BoyHollow will perform at no charge

DJ Sinistarr, whose real name is Jeremy Howard, will perform as part of Stay Home Silent Disco #2. The proceeds from the free livestream event, that also features Erin Stereo and Boyhollow, will go to help local artist relief funds. Barnstock will donated $1 for every view up to $10,000. (Rob M./ Courtesy photo)
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*Editor’s note: When this article was first published, the real name of DJ Erin Stereo was incorrect. The piece has been changed to reflect her real name, Erin Hamilton.

While the normally packed dance floors of clubs have been empty during the pandemic, Tyler, The Creative PR has kept the beats bumping. The agency and record label’s second Stay Home Silent Disco livestream kicks off at 9 p.m. Friday and will feature three of the area’s most acclaimed and sought-after DJs spinning for Colorado causes.

Erin Stereo, whose real name is Erin Hamilton, is one of the featured DJs performing as part of Stay At Home Silent Disco livestream, put on by Tyler, the Creative PR on Friday. (Tyler, the Creative PR/ Courtesy photo)

“Honestly, this just started out as an excuse for me and a friend to get together and dance over Zoom to music that we like,” said Tyler Harvey, founder of Tyler, The Creative PR. Harvey said they then received support from donor Barnstock and sponsor Red Bull. “We knew it was time to start taking this more seriously. From there, I established a dream team and we’ve been working hard ever since to make this a lot of fun — for free.”

Barnstock — a charity organization and festival in Huntersville, N.C.— has committed to paying $1 per view, with a cap of $10,000.

“It’s ambitious for an event that’s only an hour and a half, but we have some surprises in store,” Harvey said. “We could potentially raise more with donations from the public, which we’re encouraging, but we would be thrilled if we do hit that $10,000 goal.”

All folks have to do to give back is log on and enjoy a condensed slice of the nightlife experience.

“We’re hoping that viewers who have been in isolation for most of last year get to transport themselves somewhere else from their own home,” Harvey said. “By plugging in their headphones with three streams to choose from, we’ve curated a silent disco that’s accessible to anyone with the internet. At the same time, arts nonprofits have been hit hard throughout the pandemic. These organizations are an essential part of our communities and we wanted to show our thank you.”

To access the event, virtual attendees can visit stayhomesilentdisco.com.

“More than anything else, I’m looking forward to raising money for artist relief, but the icing on the cake is the chance to engage with some fellow party people,” said participating DJ Erin Stereo —  whose real name is Erin Hamilton. She was named 2019’s “Best House DJ” by Denver Westword.

Erin Stereo DJs at The Church Nightclub in Denver in 2018. (Kenneth Hamblin III/ Courtesy photo)

Proceeds from her “House from Home” set will go to Youth on Record, a Denver-based nonprofit that helps Colorado youth tap into their own artistry through education, music and community programs.

“I’ve had the opportunity to teach a number of workshops at Youth on Record and I’m always so impressed with the diverse, accepting and accessible music community they’ve cultivated for young people,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton is known for mixing funk, soul, house, hip-hop, pop and just about any style of music that encourages people to lose themselves in waves of percussion.

“Usually, when I spin at the club, I like to mix in some laid-back tracks so dancers can catch their breath a bit,” Hamilton said. “But since this is a sprint of a set and we’re all at home with access to water and couches to collapse onto, I thought an upbeat, celebratory, borderline over-the-top blend is in order.”

Viewers can easily alternate between three channels to catch the separate sets.

“I love the fact that I’m going to be helping to donate by simply getting views,” said participating drum-and-bass artist DJ Sinistarr, born Jeremy Howard. “The Artists of Color Fund’s cause 100% represents everything I stand for in raising support and visibility for other Black and Indigenous creatives. I’m excited to help out.”

DJ Sinistarr, born Jeremy Howard, is one of the DJs performing as part of Stay Home Silent Disco. (Tyler, the Creative PR/ Courtesy photo)

Pre-pandemic, Howard could be found spinning to cross-continental crowds in Asia and Europe. With travel restricted, he’s stayed busy with consistent livestreams and new projects.

“You’ll hear some styles of music you haven’t heard before, some familiar things and some music from me — all in all very fun tunes,” Howard said. “We all need it.”

Stay Home’s lineup promises something for all fans of EDM and beyond.

“I wanted to go for a mix of established and newer DJs as well as a diversity in not only genre, but in terms of representation,” said Kori Hazel, talent buyer and music editor of 303 Magazine. “So many lineups focus around exclusively white males and that is in no way representative of this city nor how music is actually digested. Each of these DJs are immensely talented and have a great respect for the craft and that ‘respect for the deck,’ as you can say, deserves to be seen. I’d love if more bookers could embrace a greater range of sounds and scenes.”

Also spinning will be self-described “old goth” Boyhollow — born Michael Trundle — a creative who in 2001 co-founded Lipgloss, America’s longest-running indie dance party that is held at Milk Bar in Denver.

Boyhollow is one of the DJs performing as part of the Stay Home Silent Disco livestream. (Tyler, the Creative PR/ Courtesy photo)

Proceeds from his set will go to The Rocky Mountain Music Relief Fund that provides financial and in-kind support to musicians and music industry workers.

Depending on what the following months bring, Tyler, the Creative PR would like to organize in-person events, but for now music fans can watch mixmasters do their magic on the turntables from a safe distance.

“We just want viewers to have fun while doing good — with minimal effort,” Harvey said. “We know these are hard times for a lot of people and not everyone can contribute financially, so this is an opportunity to support these great nonprofits without having to spend money — and we certainly hope you’ll dance a bit in the process.”

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