Monster Energy Music Artists #CrushQuarantine With Livestreams & Videos From Their Homes
With the entire world being told to practice social isolation due to COVID-19, Monster Energy Music artists who are stuck at home are getting creative with ways to keep bringing the music to fans – with many of them setting up live streams from their homes. From Statik & Termanology to Charlie Benante of Anthrax, artists are finding ways to stay connected with their fans and bring everyone together during a time when everyone must stay apart.
As live music events around the nation and around the world have been canceled or postponed in the wake of the coronavirus, Monster Energy Music artists are some of the many musicians who are using live streaming to entertain fans with the music they love…as well as letting them in on mind-blowing music that’s still in the works.
#CrushQuarantine Week 3
From throwing a 900-person Zoom party to performing a star-studded rendition of a Rush classic, Monster Energy Artists have continued to find creative ways to #CrushQuarantine from a safe social distance. DJ Stakz led the way with his unique twist on how to #CrushQuarantine, sharing a quick snap of his home setup before throwing a virtual party over Zoom with more than 900 fans in attendance. Before signing off, DJ Stakz promised that more parties are on the way. Like clockwork, DJ EFN delivered a deep dive into hip-hop with the latest edition of Mixtape Mondays, which fans can catch every Monday at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST on DJ EFN’s Instagram. Renowned graffiti artist Risk supported friend and acclaimed photographer Estevan Oriol with a heartfelt message about Estevan’sNetflix documentary “LA Originals” before hosting an Instagram Live happy hour with fellow street art pioneer SEEN.
In addition to engaging with fans, Monster EnergyMusic Artists also entertained everyone by engaging with each other. Rapper/songwriter Royce da 5’9” chatted with Canadian battle rapper Pat Stay. DJ Saige continued keeping followers in the loop on new music and rising stars with “The Break with Saige,” her twice-weekly Instagram Live series. This week, rapper Sptembrr dropped in to discuss his beginnings and evolution as an artist. Virtual #CrushQuarantine collaborations continued with Suicidal Tendencies’Ra Diaz and Anthrax’sCharlie Benante enlisting guitar master Alex Skolnick of Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more for a fan-requested performance of the Rush instrumental “La Villa Strangiato.” Not only did they wow fans with their rendition of the song; the Monster Energy Music trio had a blast playing it.
Monster EnergyUp & Up ambassadors have also been demonstrating how to #CrushQuarantine while school’s out – making videos and virtually sharing Monster Energy drinks. Mateo Garcia from SJSU chilled in his backyard and snapped shots from above while flying his drone. Penn State alumni Michael Sellers played frisbee, shot hoops, and hosted mini dance parties with his (immediate) family.
Country music artist Rick Monroe so misses life on the road that he snapped a forlorn shot of himself with his tour bus peeking over the fence in the background. “I might just go drive the #Vus around and pretend we are going to a gig!” he said. (“...at least it's your home and not a hotel room!! and wifey and puppy win win!!” a fan reminded him.)
Finally, Ozzy Osbourne bassist Blasko toasted fans with a can of Monster Rehab and showed his soft side with hopes everyone Zoomed with their families and friends over Easter weekend. Cheers to that! Just because everyone’s at home doesn’t mean that fans and artists can’t pump things up and find electrifying new ways to #CrushQuarantine. Monster Energy Music artists and Up & Up ambassadors just keep showing us how it’s done!
#CrushQuarantine Week 2
As the world begins a new chapter in the fight against the Coronavirus, Monster Energy artists continue to remind fans that we’re all in this together. Posting from a safe social distance, artists have continued to innovate. From a virtual jam session with Anthrax’s Charlie Benante and Suicidal Tendencies’Ra Diaz to DJ EFN’s #MixtapeMondays, here’s what Monster Energy’s artists have done this week to #CrushQuarantine:
DJ EFN kicked off the week with a livestream of #MixtapeMonday, a casual conversation and listening session. Digging through his tape crates, DJ EFN discussed his old mixtapes and played some 90’s favorites. Rahzel showcased his legendary beatboxing skills from his home studio, keeping it real with a #CrushQuarantine beat.
On Saturday, DJ Stakz took over Vibe Magazine’s channel to share an Instagram Live Mix, with more than a thousand fans tuning in to watch the event live. DaniLeigh, the latest artist selected to headline the prestigious Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, partnered with Billboard to deliver a Live At-Home concert.
Anthrax’sCharlie Benante and Suicidal Tendencies’Ra Diaz also jumped into the live-streaming pool, joining forces for a virtual #CrushQuarantine jam sesh and inviting any guitar players in their audience to join in. Meanwhile, country star Cole Swindell has been checking in from home, even posting his number for fans to text him directly about what’s on their mind during quarantine.
Monster Energy’s visual artists have seized the opportunity to give people across the globe a glimpse into their creative processes. Risk took to Instagram Live on April 1 for a live art session followed by a Q&A. Sporting a face mask, Meme revealed how she’s staying close to the streets in her own version of quarantine.
In the coming weeks, Monster Energy Music artists will continue doing their part to #CrushQuarantine, showing off the ways they’re still making art, creating music, and connecting with fans while staying safe and staying home.
#CrushQuarantine Week 1
International club king DJ Stakz is still dropping beats…but instead of the club, he’s doing so from his living room. Recently, Stakz hosted The Biggest Kompa/Zouk Virtual Live Party, with fans congregating on Instagram to offer up reactions, comments, and chatter in real-time. Meanwhile, producer Statik Selektah and rapper Termanology took fans behind the scenes for a 24-hour album creation live stream.
DJs aren’t the only Monster Energy Music artists rocking out from their homes. Drummers like stOrk founder Thomas Lang are live streaming, as well, with Lang sharing snippets from his recording sessions.
Following the February release of his album The Allegory, Royce da 5’9” was interviewed by DJ EFN for a new Monster Energy Music series titled "The Green Room", and has also been posting clips of himself hard at work on new material in the studio.
9th Wonder streamed a DJ set on Instagram Live, sharing his thoughts on how humanity can stay connected while maintaining social distance: “The moment in time a lot of us turned our back on the radio… In these times, call it a safe haven.”
Bun B posted alive video where he read from the children’s book Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes! to support Save the Children’s effort to ensure that young students who rely on school lunches don’t go hungry.
These videos and events are just the beginning of a wave of live streaming content from the living rooms and home studios of Monster Energy Music artists. With a roster of talent that spans across genres from EDM and hip-hop/urban to rock, country, and more, fans of all types of music will be able to connect and enjoy performances from their favorite artists as well as discover new ones…all without ever leaving their couches.