A darkened room, a thudding bass drum, strangers writhing and sweating around you, a killer DJ in the booth, it’s the stuff of dreams, which are the closest we’ve come to a dancefloor in over nine months. But fear not, amidst the club closures and festival cancellations, Flaunt
brings you news of a new dancefloor opening, a 2020 nocturnal unicorn.
The Music Locker is Grand Theft Auto’s answer to our nightlife melancholy, launched in the hype of their new desert island update, The Cayo Perico Heist. In classic GTA fashion, they lined up some seriously killer DJ residents. Detroit icon Moodyman, Berlin’s house tastemakers Keinemusik, and the eclectic Palms Trax are a trio of DJs that we’d kill to see on any IRL line-up, DJs that espouse that blend of historic knowledge, cutting edge taste, and fearlessness.
Now we’ll admit that in-game isn’t the same as in real life, but we’ll also tip our hats to the crew at GTA for delivering us exclusive sets from world-class underground talent, and doubling down on supporting club culture, after launching After Hours with Dixon, The Blessed Madonna, Solomun and Tale of Us back in 2018.
The Music Locker isn’t the only musical gift that comes with the Los Pericos update, Julian Casablancas has a new station inspired by LA’s belovedly analog Venice FM, Joy Orbison launches his own channel, and there are updates to Flying Lotus’ Fly-Lo FM and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM.
It’s good to know that while we may be stuck at home for a while, at least it's cracking off somewhere.