- The party people at Daylight. (Photo: Courtesy of Bill Source)
Back in 2006, when Bill Source was looking to launch Daylight, an evening dance party that gets started while the sun is still up, people didn't really get it, he says. The concept was pretty simple, though: He wanted people to be able to listen to classic dance music (disco, early '80s, old school house and funk), spun by himself and partner DJ Divine on Sunday nights, and get home early enough to get a good night's rest and be fresh for work on Monday.
"I started looking around the city, and started to notice a lot of the parties were the same--same format, same radio music played," Source says. "You'd get maybe the top 20 songs, and then maybe a little bit of dancehall reggae, and that was it. It was the era of Lil' Jon, the Ying Yang Twins and crunk--that's when I really started pitching the idea to clubs here and there, but they weren't really understanding the format.
"It was the norm in Europe and New York," Source continues. "But as far as D.C., people were telling me that no one would come out before 10 o'clock at night. Now [daytime parties] are the trendy thing to do."
And as far as getting people to loosen up while it's still light outside, Source knew it would never be a problem. "If they’re at the bar, it doesn’t take much--I don’t care what time it is," he says. "It could be 9 o'clock in the morning."
Source (and his partners in the Tone Source Divine promotion crew) launched the party in April of '06 (to coincide with daylight savings time) at the now-closed H Street, NE, club Sanctuary. But he says Daylight really clicked once the people at Bohemian Caverns invited him to move it there, into the space that is now Liv.
Now, five years later, Source is throwing a big blow-out bash at Liv on Sunday to celebrate Daylight's five-year milestone but he is also considering whether or not to continue the party.