Washington, DC’s ROAM dance party finally makes its U Street Music Hall debut on Friday. Much more than a fantastic dance party, it’s a story of a journey and of DC’s now well-progressed dance culture.
Let’s all stop and realize that on March 17, 2015, U Street Music Hall celebrates its fifth anniversary. For as much as the venue’s quick rise to iconic global renown is due to the likes of veteran DC DJ/producers like Nadastrom, Tittsworth and Will Eastman, it’s in understanding the motivations of the next generation of DC area DJs and producers that is arguably where the space provides its greatest worth. ROAM’s resident DJs (Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti and Sami Y) are a rare breed of DJ in DC who have been largely birthed by a club and community and now work within said club and said community (Nitti and Frank in booking and promotions at U Street Music Hall, Sami Y as a former music writer at NPR – he now covers education – and a concert reviewer for the Washington Post) – their development is important and attention must be paid.
Erring more on the side of disco, techno and deeper house than anything you’re hearing on top-40 radio these days, this is a night where a new generation of no-frills, music-first spinners play sets that mirror their own “roaming” journey to find fresh, connective and intriguing sounds within the ever-broadening world of music as it mirrors the ethos of the club that birthed them. I had the chance to catch up with the trio and send along a few questions about life’s journey, love and music that provide a look not just into the party, but to the spinners as people, too.