Casey MQ Is Keeping Toronto's Nightlife Alive with Club Quarantine, Isolation's Biggest Queer Dance Party

The producer "stumbled into" the project, which has quickly become a full-time job
Casey MQ Is Keeping Toronto's Nightlife Alive with Club Quarantine, Isolation's Biggest Queer Dance Party
One of the few bright spots of life under coronavirus lockdown is Toronto's Club Quarantine, a nightly LGBTQ+ dance party on Zoom. It's quickly become the highlight of queer nightlife in the city and beyond, attracting at-home partiers to watch DJ sets from the likes of Charli XCX, Tinashe, and a huge range of local and international artists.

The event was founded by Casey MQ, Mingus, Brad Allen and Andrés Sierra — so we caught up with producer Casey MQ about his extremely busy life under lockdown, as well as his plans for a new album of his own.

What's your self-isolation setup?

I'm currently at home in Toronto with my two roommates and boyfriend. Things are pretty chill at the house. I have a studio setup to make music, which is where I've often been as a freelance artist. I do miss going outside and working at cafés, though.

Are you working on any music while on lockdown?

When the lockdown started, I immediately stumbled into what is now Club Quarantine. It's taken up the majority of my time and I'm generally having a blast working on it. I am grateful to have a project that requires my constant attention — it's something I work on with my other co-founders every day from morning to evening. I had just finished recording my upcoming album pre-quarantine, so I've been working with David Pstuka remotely on the mixes for the album as well. I'm super excited to release it!

What are you watching and listening to?

To be honest, I haven't had much time to watch anything new — although, because Club Quarantine happens every night, I'm booking artists every day, so I've been listening to a lot of fantastic music from Toronto locals to international scenes. One of my favourite Club Q sets has been by the amazing Crystallmess. The set was so invigorating, I couldn't help but move the entire set.

How do you feel about the response to coronavirus?

I like to focus on doing my best to take the pandemic very seriously and I hope everyone can do their part. Everyone's circumstance is entirely different, so situations arise for different people that need to be handled accordingly. We've lived in a flawed system already so perhaps this might enlighten a shift for the better.

Have you picked up any new hobbies or routines in isolation?

I guess I started this new project that's looking like it will last the entire quarantine! We're still catching up to what we've started so we'll find a groove so we don't get completely burnt out.

Find out what other Canadian musicians have been up to under self-quarantine with our Isolation Nation questionnaire.