Tove Lo Rallied All Her Fans for a ‘Mateo’ Quarantine Video

Since Tove Lo can’t travel the world to meet her fans in person, she decided to cast them all in her newest video.

Edited by Garrett Guidera, the “Mateo” visual arrives today off Tove Lo’s 2019 album, Sunshine Kitty, and invites nearly 1,000 people to sing along to its lyrics. Much like Charli XCX’s “Forever” or Kim Petras’ “Malibu,” it’s a snapshot of this strange, isolating time when we’re connected mostly through the internet — and our love of music.

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“Since Sunshine Kitty was released, ‘Mateo’ has been a fan favorite,” Tove Lo says of the “Karaoke Video,” which features people dancing in the woods, showers and bedrooms. You’ll also see cameos from famous collaborators/friends like ALMA, Pabllo Vittar and Kah-Lo. “I always knew I wanted to do a visual for it.”

In March, Tove Lo says her team shot the “Mateo” lyric video at a venue in Manchester, called Albert Hall — right before they had to cancel all European shows and fly home because of COVID-19. “So much of the last few months has been about what can’t happen,” she continues, adding that “doing the quarantine karaoke challenge was a way to still connect with my fans and give everyone something to safely do while locked down. I was so overwhelmed by all the submissions.”

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Even under such extreme restrictions, Tove Lo has been notably busy in quarantine, from her DJ debut this spring at PAPER x Club Quarantine to, more recently, performing “sadder badder cooler” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. With just a white wall, some projections and a microphone, the pop star proved why she’s one of the most electric contemporary acts. “Why am I cooler than you?” she asks on the Sunshine Kitty single, though we have some answers.

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She also accomplished perhaps the most impossible of feats in quarantine… and in life: love, but not just love, marriage. Over the weekend, Tove Lo revealed that she married Swedish singer/songwriter Charlie Twaddle. “WHAT!? I’m a wifey!!!” she wrote on Instagram. “I never thought I would get married but then I met you Charlie. Thank you for making me the happiest I’ve ever been. You’re my person.”

Stream “Mateo” off Sunshine Kitty by Tove Lo, below.

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Shawn Wasabi and Aly & AJ Are DJing PAPER x Club Quarantine

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Last week, Love Bailey hosted PAPER x Club Quarantine from her massive hot tub on the Savage Ranch in Temecula, California. In-between turning her webcam to flaunt the West Coast sunset and splashing around with her housemates, Bailey called attention to her Artist Residency fundraiser and gassed up the party’s guest DJs with moans and her signature “yoo-hoo’s.”

Elsewhere in the night: DeathbyRomy played bops in a ski mask; BigKlit road a scooter inside her apartment next to a friend spinning wildly on a stripper pole; Tei Shi served ’80s glamour with an expertly positioned fan; and Tove Lo unveiled her first-ever DJ set with a preview of her new single, “Sadder Badder Cooler,” out now.

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Tonight, PAPER returns with our weekly three-hour rave with Club Quarantine, the first and most persistent queer party on Zoom.

The lineup, per usual, is a mix of everything: Shawn Wasabi, the viral producer whose album Mangotale arrives May 29, is scheduled to DJ. (“Animal Crossing” and “Lemons” are both bubbly summer anthems). Disney icons-turned-avant-pop performers Aly & AJ will also drop by to build off the buzz surrounding their latest single, “Joan of Arc on the Dance Floor.” All the way from Sweden, COBRAH will make her PAPER x Club Q “Debut,” as well as Remi Wolf (stream “Photo ID” and “Woo!”) and Sizzy Rocket, who’s set to release her “Smells Like Sex” music video later this week. Rounding out the night is Bambi Banks-Couleé, Chicago’s self-proclaimed “princess” and a member of Maison Couleé.

For entrance into PAPER x Club Quarantine, you’ll need a Zoom code, which will be announced to the public right here tonight at 9 PM EST. Stans, you’ll want to watch this space closely — and run, don’t walk, to enter the party.

For party tips and etiquette, follow Club Quarantine on Instagram (@clubquarantine).

Tove Lo Will DJ Tonight at PAPER x Club Quarantine

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At last week’s PAPER x Club Quarantine, we called in Rico Nasty, Ashnikko and Lolo Zouaï to deliver remote DJ sets packed with bops, from Rico dropping her own feature on 100 gecs‘ “ringtone” remix to Ashnikko powering through her discography of viral hits (“Tantrum,” “Working Bitch”). The Zoom party’s drag performer, The Ugly One, was everything but, and performed to a leak of “Free Woman” off Lady Gaga’s forthcoming album Chromatica, as well as the criminally underrated Born This Way deep cut, “Heavy Metal Lover.” (Little Monsters went wild in the chat).

Some people danced in jock straps, while others ate ramen on camera in the pajamas they haven’t removed all week. Anything goes at Club Q, the biggest — and most persistent — nightly rave on the internet.

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Yes, it’s somehow Wednesday again, which means PAPER x Club Quarantine is back with another three-hour party featuring special guest DJs. Tove Lo, who released Sunshine Kitty in 2019, will close out the night in anticipation of her new song, “Sadder Badder Cooler,” out May 22. DeathbyRomy is also celebrating a brand new track, “Kiss Me Goodbye,” coming Friday, which follows her perfectly abrasive 2019 EP, Love u – to Death. BigKlit will drop by to guest DJ, fresh off her Trippie Redd collab, “Beautiful,” in addition to Tei Shi, who’s prepping a big 2020 project (Stream its lead single, “Die 4 Ur Love”). Finally, “Bet” singer A l l i e will come through the party, with a drag performance from Chicago queen Khloe Park.

Love Bailey, the “Scarlet Woman,” will host PAPER x Club Q all night long to rev up the Zoom chat and raise money for her Savage Ranch Artist Residency fundraiser. “The Savage Ranch is an international creative community located in the Southern California Desert of Temecula,” Bailey’s GoFundMe reads. “We are dedicated to giving visionaries, activists, and artists a chance to to create art, live, work and explore their creative fantasies in a place free from any gender and sexual discrimination.”

For entrance into PAPER x Club Quarantine, you’ll need a Zoom code, which will be announced to the public right here tonight at 9 PM EST. Stans, you’ll want to watch this space closely — and run, don’t walk, to enter the party.

For party tips and etiquette, follow Club Quarantine on Instagram (@clubquarantine).

Thee JoJo Will DJ PAPER x Club Quarantine Tonight

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Big Freedia has the power to command any room she stands before, even if it’s virtually over Zoom from her backyard in NOLA. At last week’s PAPER x Club Quarantine, the music legend flipped the entire party upside down — literally — as hundreds of people began twerking against their walls over webcams. Freedia was joined by fellow icon Uffie, whose nostalgic DJ set juxtaposed a night of new beginnings: First, with Messer and then with Aluna, who both used the internet’s biggest queer rave to reintroduce themselves. Also, it went until 1 AM EST… That’s four straight hours of partying in quarantine.

Somehow it’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for yet another PAPER x Club Quarantine party — a perfectly valid excuse to excessively drink mid-week. Per usual, we’ve brought together a lineup tonight from all corners of pop culture, high and low, old and new.

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Thee JoJo, who just dropped her sultry, new album, good to know, will be guest DJing; London breakout Bree Runway, who just released “Damn Daniel” with Yung Baby Tate, is also booked to make the Zoom go “APESHIT,” as well as Eartheater, the experimental siren with a newly debuted song, “Below the Clavicle,” following 2019’s spectacular album, Trinity. While MNDR has been relatively quiet since 2012’s Feed Me Diamonds, she’s prepping to come back this year as a solo artist (Listen to “Fragile”). She’ll be previewing new material as a guest DJ, in addition to New York’s Pauli Cakes, who will be raising money for DisCakes‘ Mutual Aid for Immigrants in NYC — an emergency fund for local immigrants impacted by COVID-19.

Rounding out the three-hour party, which hits capacity at 1,000 guests, are drag queen The Miss Toto and host Slay Rizz, the Filipinx Prrrincesa and Slaysian Mutha who’s been creating trends online before they hit mainstream for the past decade. If you’re somehow unfamiliar, start with “YES Bitch” and move onto “Art Star.”

For entrance into PAPER x Club Quarantine, you’ll need a Zoom code, which will be announced to the public right here tonight at 9 PM EST. Stans, you’ll want to watch this space closely — and run, don’t walk, to enter the party.

For party tips and etiquette, follow Club Quarantine on Instagram (@clubquarantine).

Dinah Jane DJ’d a Virtual Set From Her Bathtub

Even in isolation, Nasty Cherry is still the ultimate party crasher.

At PAPER’s Wednesday night party with Club Quarantine, Zoom’s OG queer rave, the Los Angeles pop-punk band surprise dropped by to premiere their new single, “Shoulda Known Better,” out this Friday. Gabi Bechtel, Chloe Chaidez and Georgia Somary all separately called in (Debbie Knox-Hewson is social distancing in the UK) to dance with their fans to the nostalgic, guitar-led bop. “You’re a true deceiver/ I shoulda known better, yeah,” lead vocalist Bechtel sings on the track, queuing up a fresh, new era with early 2000s attitude. On Zoom, she thrashed her platinum bob, while Chaidez danced in front of a virtual Eiffel Tower and Somary doused herself with water. It was all during a DJ set by MEATY, the BDSM rap artist who wears a nail-covered gimp mask and performs with pitched down, demonic vocals.

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At 9 PM EST, PAPER x Club Quarantine publicly dropped the zoom code, as Dana Dentata started DJing a mix of hip-hop classics and ear-shredding metal. During soundcheck the hour prior, Dentata reflected with Club Q’s co-founders about also being from Toronto. She used to regularly perform in a punk band at a local queer bar, called The Beaver, which is temporarily closed under COVID-19. Her set last night was ravenous, as she wore a black latex face mask and waved around a devilish baby doll. The comments section exploded with a flurry of “WTF’s,” but it seems Dentata prefers to elicit a polarizing response through her music, which includes 2019’s perfectly aggressive Daddy Loves You EP.

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Our hilarious party host Mike Thornwell, who switched in and out of what seemed like dozens of wigs all night, then introduced the next guest: Victoria Monét. Earlier in the day, the singer asked Twitter fans to request songs for an intimate DJ set in celebration of her latest single, “Dive,” about yearning for good head game — especially while in quarantine. Everything from TLC’s “Creep” to Janet Jackson’s “All For You” filled her 30-minute slot, before segueing into her sultry, new bop. Of course, the chat went wild. Monét, who’s bisexual, later reminded fans on Twitter that “Dive” is about both men and women, saying, “Don’t get it twisted… women dive too.”

After a drag show from JayJay Kings (and Nasty Cherry’s surprise appearance), Rising pop star Gia Woods kept the night moving with a mix of bangers from all her pop predecessors: Madonna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. (Thank you for playing “G.U.Y.” from Gaga’s unsung epic, ARTPOP.) She also played her own material, including “Keep On Coming” and “Only a Girl,” the queer anthem that helped launch her career. (Its music video has nearly 11 million plays on YouTube.) “Only a girl knows how a girl feels,” Woods sings. “Only a girl can make me feel this way.” One of the highlights was a sexy remix to an unreleased Woods song by her cousin NAR, the DJ/producer who later closed out PAPER x Club Q with an iconic remix of Kelis’ “Milkshake.”

Fifth Harmony stans who waited patiently all night for their queen, Dinah Jane, were kept fed when the solo star emerged from her own bathtub in a sparkly bustier, daisy dukes and face-shielding sunglasses. With her initials and some soft candles burning behind her, Jane’s quarantine set-up was truly a sight to behold. In-between gushing with Thornwell about his wigs, Jane played songs like Rihanna’s “Work,” Mariah Carey’s “Heartbreaker” and Doja Cat’s “Cyber Sex.” She also played her own solo material, from the sexed-up single “Lottery” to her more recent release, “Missed a Spot.” As if to cap off the night, and all our quarantine moods, the diva threw it back to Fifth Harmony’s 2016 Ty Dolla $ign-assisted smash, “Work From Home.” At once, the chat sounded off: “I can’t stand these nights alone…” At least, Club Q makes it all a bit easier.

Rebecca Black Performed ‘Friday’ at PAPER x Club Quarantine

Rebecca Black is having a major moment, right now. After igniting Charli XCX stans with the possibility of a future collaboration (genius, honestly), she also came out this week as queer. To celebrate her big reveal, she agreed to a late-night DJ set at Club Quarantine: the internet’s nightly LGBTQ rave on Zoom. If you missed it, you missed out.

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At 11:30 PM EST, the viral singer dropped into PAPER’s Wednesday party, beaming from her LA home with a wine glass in-hand. After gassing up punk drag performer Allysin Chaynes’ show (“That was a fucking serve”), Black kicked off her DJ set by reflecting on the past few days: “It’s been a crazy week,” she began.” I came out. It’s been so weird, because I’ve been out in my own personal life. You never really stop coming out, ever. So for over the past couple of years, it’s been a process. But I am just stoked to have everybody know that I am one of them.”

Aptly dubbed a “cultural moment within a cultural moment” by Club Q host Andrés Sierra, Black queued up some serious bops, from Yaeji’s “Waking Up Down” to the Umru remix of Slayyyter’s “Mine” and Brabo’s take on “Commes Des Garçons” by Rina Sawayama. (Ok, taste). At first, nobody directly addressed “Friday” (out of respect to Black, who might want to separate herself from the track that made her famous in 2011), but she thankfully snuck it into her set anyway. As the Zoom chat collectively lost its shit, Black performed each lyric with pride, before an iconic transition into Shygirl’s “Uckers” and, finally, her brand new earwormy single, “Closer.”

As it turns out, Black’s somewhat surprisingly incredible music taste extended into stanning one of the night’s rising acts: producer Himera, whom she later tweeted calling them “legendary.” Himera reciprocated the compliment, and someone immediately followed up demanding that they collab. (Charli XCX featuring Rebecca Black produced by Himera?) Maybe we’ll hear it on How I’m Feeling Now come this May.

Earlier in the night, New York’s married couple Queenie and Ruby (of the glam-pop duo Sateen) spun vinyl ranging from Gloria Gaynor to early aughts Britney Spears. Queenie wore a shimmering blue bikini and danced wildly for the webcam, while Ruby handled the records in a cherry red bodysuit. They partied in honor of their new EP, Crystallized, out this week, and the couple closed out their hour-long Club Q set with the proud declaration, “We’re really gay.” Naturally, the chat sounded off in solidarity.

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Zooming all the way from Spain, Chilean disco queen Javiera Mena added a global edge to the night, plugging her newly released power-pop anthem, “Flashback,” and DJing some smooth Spanish songs. She was a perfect start to PAPER x Club Quarantine’s three-hour rave, and in many ways a “kinda bizarre” pairing against Rebecca Black (as pointed out on Twitter by queer British writer Charis McGowan). But the more bizarre, the better for Club Q — besides, “the queer community has always been used to partying behind closed doors,” McGowan added.

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Party With Rebecca Black Tonight at PAPER x Club Quarantine

Pabllo Vittar, the Brazilian pop supernova, stopped by PAPER x Club Quarantine last Wednesday to deliver a killer DJ set that featured highlights from her new album, 111, some ass-shaking choreography and a fan that kept her wig flowing all night long. With living room drag shows from Rify Royalty and Louisianna Purchase, and a sweaty final hour from Ecuador’s DJ MINAS, the Zoom party made mid-week isolation something to celebrate — not that time is real anymore, anyway.

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At 9 PM EST, PAPER’s party with Club Quarantine opens once again. Tonight, unsung internet icon Rebecca Black will drop through with a live DJ set. You know her from “Friday” fame, a cultural touchstone that saw her face more criticism than she deserved, but Black recently dropped a solid double-single, as well: Self Sabotage / Closer. Chilean disco queen Javiera Mena will also DJ, having just debuted her new single, “Flashback,” off an album slated to release later this year. New York’s own Sateen will add some serious glamour to the club, spinning tracks in anticipation of their Crystallized EP, out this Friday. (Listen to its title track, here). Rising producer/artist Himera and punk drag performer Allysin Chaynes will round out the night, which is three hours long and hits capacity at 1,000 guests.

For entrance into PAPER x Club Quarantine, you’ll need a Zoom code, which will be announced to the public right here tonight at 9 PM EST. Stans, you’ll want to watch this space closely — and run, don’t walk, to enter the party.

For party tips and etiquette, follow Club Quarantine on Instagram (@clubquarantine).

How Zoombombers Are Targeting QTPOC Chats

With the entire nation in self-isolation, Zoom has emerged as the video conferencing tool of choice for everything from meetings to hang-outs with friends. However, as more and more organizations, schools and businesses have begun to rely on the app, a new form of online harassment has emerged. Known as “Zoombombing,” the trend sees trolls exploiting the platform’s basic settings by hijacking video calls to transmit hate speech, pornographic images and even doxx participants — an occurrence that’s become so widespread that NYC schools have officially banned the use of Zoom and even the FBI has gotten involved.

However, what’s been talked about less is the way Zoombombers have also been targeting a wide swath of QTBIPOC-centric events — something that writer and performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon recently experienced during their keynote performance for an Asian-American Heritage Month event for the University of Illinois at Chicago students.

According to Alok, they were interrupted by “a chorus of voices shouting anti-Black slurs and threats, gleefully while laughing,” soon followed by a slur-filled takeover of the chat function in the middle of a poem recitation.

“We were all so taken aback and shocked,” they said. “I just remained silent as the organizers hustled to identify the culprits and remove them from the session. After, we were all visibly shaken and I curtailed the performance so that we could process together. We all agreed that this felt so undignified, particularly in an event where this was supposed to be a safe space for students of color.”

And while Alok said that they believe the importance of being able to convene in digital spaces is more important than ever at this moment, the incident has definitely made them rethink participating in future Zoom events.

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“These Zoombombings are becoming quite frequent and are traumatizing so many,” Alok continued, imploring Zoom to prioritize the safety of its users in this time. They added that in the wake of these incidents, Zoom should double-down on committing to making their platform safer and more robust for people of all backgrounds.

“So often the onus on dealing with online abuse is put on the people enduring it, not the platforms to actually circumvent it before it happens, and that needs to change,” they said, before noting that “many folks are using this [pandemic] as an opportunity to express and entrench their prejudice and discrimination.”

Similarly, Club Quarantine — the popular queer Zoom party founded by Mingus New, Brad Allen, Andrés Sierra and Casey MQ — has been forced to deal with Zoombombing at more than a few of their nightly events. From bad actors hijacking the audio to bots overwhelming the system with hundreds of fake accounts to spammers flooding the comments section with offensive language and slurs, the Club Q team has continually grappled with the difficult task of trying to circumvent trolls on-the-fly, oftentimes with little more than the tools already available on the platform.

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Keeping Club Q a safe space — especially as a highly visible queer party — has also proven to be somewhat of a challenge. After all, as Andrés explained, the weaponization of anti-LGBTQ+ comments often makes things “feel very targeted,” and has made them question whether the same level of vitriol is being experienced within hetero online spaces. “[The Zoombombers] knew where they were coming,” Andrés said. “They knew the space that it was, so it was very tailored to our people.”

In response, the Club Q team has adapted by implementing policies like individually approving every user and ensuring that only hosts have the ability to stream audio, though as Mingus put it, “It’s kind of been a matter of a troll throwing a punch and us figuring out how to dodge it.” Thankfully, this has meant that Club Q has been able to keep the Zoombombing to a minimum so far. And while Brad admitted that hackers can still get around a few of these features, at the same time, he argued that it’s the responsibility of anyone throwing a Zoom party to do their research about the built-in safeguards that can help curtail some of the most vicious attacks. “You can’t just be like, ‘After party, 150 people come and dance.’ If you’re hosting it, it’s your responsibility to take care of this as a safe space.”

Club Q team has tried to give other organizers tips on how to protect their own partygoers. After all, without taking advantage of certain features, Zoombombing has the potential to become a dangerous and deeply traumatizing experience for everyone involved, as exemplified by a particularly egregious attack that recently occurred at an unaffiliated after party. According to the Club Q organizers-in-attendance, a troll took advantage of the open screen-sharing function to hijack the stream and managed to broadcast swatiskas, beastility and child pornography before the entire party was able to be shut down.

For their part though, Zoom has been trying to help mitigate some of these issues by instating new default protocols, redirecting their focus toward patching security flaws and publishing an advisory guide for meeting hosts. And though it’s been difficult for Club Q to get in touch with the company’s support team, a Zoom spokesperson told PAPER that they’re still encouraging users to report any troubling incidents via their help center. “We are deeply upset to hear about the incidents involving this type of attack and we strongly condemn such behavior,” the spokesperson said. “We are listening to our community of users to help us evolve our approach.”

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That said, despite the platform’s shortcomings, as Andrés pointed out, “People need to understand that we’re just users of this third-party app, the way that everyone else is. We use Zoom because it’s the best thing that exists right now,” they said, explaining that adding features as simple as blocking certain words or pinning comments would make a world of difference for them. “The dream would be to create our own platform that is built for the club and not a conferencing app — being able to get features that are going to help us create a better party with sound and microphones and all that kind of stuff would really [help us] flourish.”

And though they hope the solutions to these issues come sooner rather than later, according to Casey, one bright spot amid the Zoombombing has been seeing the “resilience in people” when that harassment happens. “The community jumps in real hard to really shut it down, while also quickly removing them if anything like that happened,” he said. “Everyone there is also making sure that they want to have a great time as well.” After all, as Casey put it, the spirit of the party itself means that the trolls ultimately end up being just “a blip in the reality” of what’s going on.

“This is something that is so special for everyone to feel a part of, it’s [a way to] just have a good time amidst this sort of chaos outside,” Casey said — a sentiment all of the Club Q organizers whole-heartedly agreed with.

“I don’t think they kill the vibe for the whole night,” Mingus said. “If anything, once you overcome it, people feel even more happy to be there and you feel like you’ve championed these shitty people.”

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HEAV3N Is Taking Over PAPER x Club Quarantine

If you weren’t at Tuesday night’s PAPER x Club Quarantine party, you missed everything from Tinashe DJing in her pajamas to Kim Petras debuting a brand new pop banger and an iconic guest dancing with a real snake wrapped around their neck. Lucky for you, we’re doing it all again tonight, and in collaboration with HEAV3N, LA’s official queer “party in the clouds.”

At 9 PM EST, PAPER x Club Quarantine will open with a stacked lineup of guest DJs co-curated with HEAV3N: Dorian Electra, HANA, Alice Glass, Allie X, That Kid and a surprise guest. In between sets, drag performers Abhora and Santi Storm will provide shows, and regular HEAV3N hosts will keep the room entertained until midnight: Internet Girl, Chester Lockhart (it’s his birthday), K.O. (AKA Koala), Teale Coco and HEAV3N’s HBIC Lulo. The party is three hours long, and hits capacity at 1,000 guests.

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Tonight’s party will raise awareness and money for the newly launched HEAV3N Fund, which aims to distribute resources back into the LA’s LGBTQ nightlife scene — a diverse community of DJs, hosts, musicians, dancers and more, whose jobs have come to a halt in the wake of COVID-19 shutdowns. If you’re unable to attend tonight, or if the Zoom chat hits capacity, you can still donate here.

For entrance into PAPER x Club Quarantine With HEAV3N, you’ll need a Zoom code, which will be announced to the public right here tonight at 9 PM EST. Stans, you’ll want to watch this space closely — and run, don’t walk, to enter the party.

For party tips and etiquette, follow Club Quarantine on Instagram (@clubquarantine).

Kim Petras Debuted a New Song at PAPER x Club Quarantine

If you weren’t one of the 1000 people who made it into the Zoom video chat for PAPER’s Club Quarantine collab with special guests Tinashe and Kim Petras, you missed out majorly. Maybe you’ll make the list next time!

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Club Quarantine, referred to in shorthand as Club Q, is quickly becoming the hottest club in the world. Even in an era of self-isolation under the threat of coronavirus, you can bet that people aren’t going to abandon the spaces they danced, performed, lived and loved at. We may not be together physically, but by harnessing the power of the video conferencing platform Zoom, we can come together virtually every night. That is, however, if you’re one of the first 1,000 people who can nab a joining code.

PAPER x Club Q’s Tuesday, March 31 party was truly one for the books, reaching capacity in minutes. In addition to DJ sets from Tinashe and Kim Petras with Aaron Joseph, there were sets from DJs Myst Milano and Lez Pop, and performances by Lucy Stoole and Denim Pussy. The lineup was stacked and the queue to get in became just as stacked as stans got word that one of the headliners was teasing a new song that harkened back to her dance-pop beginnings. Enter: Kim Petras’ “Malibu.”

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“…Your kisses taste like Malibu,” Petras sings in a sticky-sweet tone over a sunny, pulsating beat that had everyone itching to get back onto the dance floors of the pre-COVID clubs we’ve sorely missed. “Malibu” already holds up next to Petras’ glittering discography, sounding like a mix between a catchy jingle for the coconut-tinged rum of the same name and her anthemic “Hillside Boys.” Petras danced along with fans to the track, while Joseph mixed flawlessly between hyper-pop hits to cure clubgoers’ quarantine blues.

Earlier in the night, Tinashe opened with a bang. Starting off on ILOVEMAKONNEN and Drake’s 2014 smash, “Tuesday,” ‘Nashe welcomed attendees into the chat while wearing a onesie and drinking straight out of a humongous wine goblet. It was truly relatable, since it seemed every other Zoom chatter was also drinking the work-from-home day away — and guess what? We support it.

No Fucking Jokes Today

It is not 1PM yet and I have already fallen for an April Fools’ Day prank. I woke up, flipped open my still Netflix-warm laptop, scrolled Twitter dead-eyed and came upon news headline: “All Pennsylvania kids to repeat their current grade next year,” above a photo of Pennsylvania’s governor Tom Wolf.

What did I do? I called over my mother, a sixth grade public school teacher in central Pennsylvania, and said “Did you see this?” “Oh my god,” she said. We clicked and waited. “APRIL FOOLS!” screams a winking, tongue-sticking out emoji on the web page, which, in that moment, appeared to me as the face of evil incarnate. “299796 people got pranked too.” I shrank back into the office chair I’ve set up in my parents’ living room, defeated, smaller, slightly less invested in living.

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Please, I beg you, the internet, no jokes today. Or rather, only funny jokes. I’ve spent the last month living with my parents, both teachers, as they’ve received a stream of contradictory updates and instructions on the state, county and district level about how they’re supposed to do their jobs. In their mid-60s they’ve adapted to online teaching, revised their curriculum, and worked one-on-one with students to make sure they have remote learning set-ups. My mother emailed the link to her union representative to let them know the prank was circulating.

Maybe I should’ve noticed the “article” was from “” but this information, which would disrupt my parents’ lives and their workplace for the next few years, seemed more than believable. Feeding my mom fake news via a Twitter prank and getting laughed at by a winking emoji is obviously a small humiliation (ok, boomer, @myself) but it did make me sadder than I was before. Sad about my own media literacy and the worms in my brain, but also about the all time high of our collective willingness to accept outlandish, norm-violating, comically awful things at face value, without question. Eight hundred people died yesterday because of a highly contagious disease we have no treatment or vaccine for and 100,000 to 240,00 more people are going to die before it’s through? Sure. Prisoners are manufacturing hand sanitizer for 16 cents an hour? Gotcha. Trump’s withholding ventilators from New York State because he doesn’t like Andrew Cuomo? Mmmmhmm.

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Our despair-induced gullibility thanks to a news cycle indistinguishable from satire websites didn’t start with COVID-19, but it does make April Fool’s — a holiday based on the sharing of fake news — extremely depressing. It is nice to laugh. More important than ever. For the laughing, I can recommend some very funny comedians, or some really nice memes. Maybe a podcast. Here are some funny articles about celebrities, music and fashion by my coworkers. But please, no jokes today.

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How to Throw a Rave at the End of the World

Harnessed queers twerk on their kitchen floor. A woman in a frilly nightgown and feather boa sways through her stylish, plant-filled living room. Two teens in Euphoria make-up lying in bed vaping at the camera. A guy in a leather jacket, a cheetah print speedo and chaps fist-pumps in front of a Lysol-themed filter. A chic turtlenecked man grooves from his couch with a glass of red. A queen drops it low a few times, before hitting a bong. A mustached Spandex-clad figure gyrates through Bernie Sanders’ pixelated face. A girl in a McGill sweatshirt climbs up on her couch to moon the screen while her friend hypes her up. An older bearded daddy with headphones on just sits at his computer, smiling widely and bobbing his head to the booty bass. Each is caged in their respective one-by-two inch cells tiled across my laptop screen, but we’re all in this together.

Welcome to Club Quarantine, the best virtual gay club you’ve ever logged onto.

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Every night Eastern Time since March 15, anywhere from 100 to a 1,000 people have gathered on a Zoom conference call to drink, dance, flirt, get dressed up, and escape their hellish solitude during the global coronavirus pandemic. You can attend by yourself, with your roommate, or “meet up” with friends quarantining across town. In some ways, it’s the perfect club. The music always bangs. There’s never a cover. Drinks are free, albeit BYOB. If you’re not feeling it, you can just hit “Leave meeting” and walk a few feet to your bed, no Uber required.

Club Q was founded by four queer Toronto creatives in their late 20s: Brad Allen, Mingus New, Andrés Sierra, and Casey MQ. MQ is a producer, and the club’s resident DJ. New is a digital artist, who makes Instagram filters for Facebook. Allen is a comedian and off-duty barista. Sierra is a musician, who appears on the party’s line-ups as a DJ and performer. It started out as just a way to hang out in quarantine. “Someone recommended Zoom to let more friends join. The next night we added music. With that, it just became this wild moment,” says Allen. A few days later, they had an Instagram and a premium Zoom subscription with 1,000 spots per party.

The experience of “attending” Club Q is something between playing Chat Roulette and watching High Maintenance on speed. Organizers arrange a line-up of DJs and performers each night, who stage highly creative sets from their apartments. Producer and cabaret performer R. Flex’s striptease ended with them taking a shower. Another artist staged an aerial water routine in their living room, hanging like a pretzel from a chain above a kiddie pool, all their furniture covered in plastic.

But partying isn’t a spectator sport. Unless a performer’s on-screen, the entertainment is each other. All night, moderators toss the “main screen” to partygoers at random, creating the effect of a virtual dance circle-cum-kiss cam. People light up when they recognize themselves on the “jumbotron” and start delightedly freaking it for the camera. Meanwhile everyone gasses them up in the chat: “YES DISCO HUNTY,” “face face face face,” “serving health and wealth,” “ALRIGHT I SEE YOU GLASSES,” “Do that again girl!”. It’s like a big group chat with hundreds of friends you’ve never met. “Tfw when you leave club q to try to m*st*rb*te but your song comes on,” someone writes Monday night. “SHAKING MY ASS FOR CLOUT,” someone else chimes in. “Can I bum a smoke from someone?” “Don’t forget to rent strike y’allllll.” “PLAY LIPGLOSS SOPHIE REMIX.”

Watching the night’s cast of characters flick by is deliciously voyeuristic. The screen can flick from a club gay voguing in full regalia (there is a unique joy to watching someone roll around nude on a bearskin rug on the same interface where you conferenced with your boss a few hours earlier), to roommates doing a puzzle at their kitchen table, to a teenager in the kitchen with their mom in the background. Sometimes, the selected person won’t even notice they’re on-screen, and will just keep bobbing their head or texting, which is entertaining in its own way. Alternatively, many opt to take advantage of Zoom filters, turning the tiled pages into a tour of queer pop culture. Partiers gyrate atop Doja Cat, Marianne Williamson, Kim Petras, Paris Hilton, Nicki Minaj, Wendy Williams, a bowl of peaches, a pack of Marlboro Reds, bottles of poppers, Studio 54, Bratz dolls and of course, Joe Exotica.

Somehow, the reality of having hundreds of eyes on you captures the IRL stakes of going out. What’s a party without the fear of humiliation? But while Club Q can get your adrenaline racing, the atmosphere is overwhelmingly friendly, goofy and often, heartwarming. You can get dressed up and go as hard if you like, but Club Q is come as you are.

And for now, the club is miraculously non-exclusive. The Zoom code drop every night around 9PM ET on Instagram, available to all. It’s a rarity that someone can’t get in, with the exception of the now-legendary night that Charli XCX DJ’d. The pop star heard about the party through word-of-mouth, and reached out to the organizers herself. “All of us literally screamed when we saw a ‘Charli XCX x Club Q?’ subject header pop into our email,” says MQ. Angels flooded the Zoom within seconds (Charli hinted she’d play her cult deep-cut, “Taxi”), locking a few regulars out. Capacity might become an issue for Club Q as they wrangle heftier artists, but typically the parties are wide open, hovering between 200 and 500, the capacity of an average club or venue.

CLUB Q 🦠 on Instagram: “highlights from our night with @charli_xcx @iamwestdakota @caseymq @esandres @kasperthequeerghost love you all !!!!! extended 6 hr lineup…”

“Getting done up and sweating every night with all of these hot, funny and creative strangers has given me so much joy,” says Allie, a 25-year-old in Toronto who knows the organizers from a queer basketball league. “Club Q’s organizers have somehow distilled that euphoric moment that sometimes happens at the club where you lock eyes with a stranger on the floor and you just like… see each other both giving everything you have, you know?”

“Everyone in the club is so supportive and caring,” adds Lindsay Jewell, a 19-year-old from Florida on her second night at Club Q. “We all just came to have fun and hang out to get away from our lives in quarantine. For me, coming to the club is a break from quarantine and gives me somewhere to release all my pent up energy!”

“It brings a sense of everything you would find at your local queer bar which I normally attend a few times a week and I’m very much missing that social aspect,” says Mar Sanchez, a 30-year-old Toronto resident attending for their first time.

Club Q’s founders were keenly aware of what the shuttering of clubs meant to queer people specifically. “The club tends to be one of the only safe space for queer people, and it was natural to adapt this world of isolation to maintain that safe space,” says Sierra. Allen adds, “A lot of queer people may not have the support others do during quarantine. They may not have access to their chosen family or the spaces that make them feel at home, so this may fill that void just a bit. Clubs have always been our churches, almost spiritual in a wild effed up way, so this is just us praying at home.” Club Q welcomes allies, but asks that people who don’t identify as queer to leave to make space should a party fill up.

While there’s technically a guest limit, Sierra points out the virtual aspect of the club, in some ways makes partying more inclusive. “Club Q has opened up nightlife to people who otherwise feel like clubs are inaccessible to them. We’ve had a lot of people with disabilities or mental health issues express to us how much they appreciate bringing the club to their homes.”

Despite the saturation of livestream opps under COVID-19, in just two weeks, Club Q has become an institution. Through word of mouth and tagging, the Instagram account has accumulated nearly 30,000 followers, including Robyn, Hunter Schafer, Mykki Blanco and Jeremy O. Harris. “Just being there with the first 20 people you just kinda knew it was gonna pop off,” says Stephen Dunn, 31, a friend of the organizers based in Los Angeles who hasn’t missed a night. “I’ve met so many people off it, and invited friends from all over the world to hop on.”

Club Q is only getting bigger and better. The organizers now conduct sound checks each night to ensure tech runs smoothly. The Zoom fees are 100% covered thanks to the Club Q Paypal, and all four organizers are working basically full time on the club. The line-ups have become musical events in their own right. At first MQ booked mostly local acts from Toronto and Montreal like Bambii, Bénédicte, Martyn Boootyspoon, Sofia Fly and Korea Town Acid. Now they’re pulling talent from all over, including folks like NYC’s West Dakota, Venus X and Sky LeBeija. “We’re reaching out to other local scenes, DJ’s and club nights. I try to go through every DJ submission to get a sense of their sound and keep each night fresh,” says MQ. “One night, we had a hyperpop set followed by dancehall and soca for the rest of the night with a drag performer in between.” The club has also started collaborating with partners. Tonight, PAPER co-hosts Club Q, featuring friends of the magazine, Tinashe, Kim Petras, Aaron Joseph, Myst Milano, Lucy Stoole, Lez Pop and Denim Pussy.

“This past week alone, I’ve heard unreleased music from Charlotte Day Wilson, I saw Kiko (the Japanese super model) in the club and a Charli XCX set (which was fun and cute but not as good as house DJ Casey MQ),” says Dillea, a 29-year-old mom from Toronto.

Followers and clout aside, in two weeks Club Q has become a lifeline for its devoted revellers. During one of the party’s first ever nights, someone tattooed “Club Q” tattoo on their arm live on Zoom. Almost every night, a crew of regulars create their own Zoom “after-party” links, which get shared around the chat as the last DJ closes up shop. The club is more than a replacement for IRL partying. Dunn never went to the club this much before. Now, he says,”I feel like I can’t go a night without logging on.”

CLUB Q 🦠’s Instagram post: “tonight was wild”

“While half my life has crumbled away, and instead of working on my summer pop-up I’m now a full-time teacher to my eight-year-old… Club Q has been a total release,” says Dillea. She’s attended every night since day three, though after running into her ex too many times, plans to start spending more time at Club Hunhouse, a new Zoom party that appears modeled after Club Q specifically for queer women, trans and nonbinary people.

Federal social distancing guidelines already extend officially till April 30 and are likely to be extended at least a month longer. This is to say nothing about when, after the pandemic is over, people will truly feel comfortable walking into a crowded, sweaty club. As isolation settles in as our reality, places like Club Q will only become more crucial.

Sadia, a 19-year-old in Seattle who attended on Monday for her first time, says since last night’s Zoom session ended, all she’s been thinking about is when she can get back on. “I’ve been home just in my thoughts reading about the death rates… For once I didn’t go to sleep worrying about what’s going to happen.”

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PAPER x Club Quarantine Will Party Tonight With Tinashe, Kim Petras and More

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Club Quarantine is the coolest party on the internet, right now.

Every night at 9 PM EST, they throw wild, digital raves on Zoom, the web conferencing app we’ve all been spending our lives on since social distancing began. From nine to five, Zoom is used mostly for business, but after dark it’s for pleasure — and PAPER is joining forces with Club Quarantine to create the ultimate release.

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Tonight, PAPER x Club Quarantine will feature live DJ sets from both Tinashe and Kim Petras alongside her longtime producer Aaron Joseph. Rising DJs Myst Milano and Lez Pop will round out the night, featuring drag performances from Chicago’s Lucy Stoole and Montreal’s Denim Pussy. The party is three hours long, and hits capacity at 1,000 guests.

For entrance into PAPER x Club Quarantine, you’ll need a Zoom code, which will be announced to the public right here tonight at 9 PM EST. Stans, you’ll want to watch this space closely — and run, don’t walk, to enter the party.

With Zoom, you can drop in backgrounds to make the party even more fun. So we commissioned five custom artworks from Team Rolfes, a 3D performance and image house, for you to play with tonight at PAPER’s Club Quarantine party. From surreal mountain landscapes to colorful heart-shaped blobs, escape from your boring quarantines for a few hours — nothing feels real anymore, anyway.

Check out all five, below, and click here to download them.

For party tips and etiquette, follow Club Quarantine on Instagram (@clubquarantine).