2020 could have been described as a virtual year with most of us turning to Zoom and other online platforms for our meetings. On December 22nd, the IEB held a Christmas Zoom meeting inviting delegates from across the world.
This was a great opportunity to reflect on the year, and everyone had the opportunity to toast a Christmas wish. Dubbed in advance as our Christmas party, we felt we needed to finish with something upbeat, and sensed that Zoom lacked that party atmosphere.
With most of us in some form of lockdown, the world’s best artists are finding other ways to entertain us, by streaming live on Twitch, Mixlr, Mixcloud and elsewhere. While the idea of streaming live DJ sets is not new, the pandemic has triggered an unprecedented rise in online DJ streams.
So, with DJ Mark @irishhausninja476 behind the decks, the very first IPA virtual music party was broadcast live. Over 100 IPA members tuned in from across the world to listen to over 2 hours of Christmas tunes and other hits to celebrate the IPA’s 70th anniversary.
By using a green screen, DJ Mark was able to make us all feel at home with his IPA background displays. Audience participation through a live text-based chat stream, coupled with interaction by the DJ on the microphone, fosters an experience which is at once individual and collective.
Through the chat stream, we had the opportunity to converse with each other, while listening to quality music. DJ Mark kept us all entertained and played all our song requests from around the world.
It was clear from the messaging that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event with many asking when we’ll have our next one.
The first IPA Music Party for 2021 will be coming soon, so watch this space!
Happy new year,
Mick Walsh, Treasurer Finances