When the Coronavirus shut us down, clubs and festivals ceased, and everyone was essentially forced inside with no definitive end in sight, DJ Times wondered: How is our tribe coping? How are DJs getting by? So, we sent out our “Coronavirus Questionnaire” to DJ/producers from all musical genres to find out.
During the crisis, DJ Times will be presenting the questionnaire responses from talented music-makers from all over the world. Here’s our latest installment, this time from L.A., Australian star Alison Wonderland!
What’s it like where you are? Yes, I’m locked down in Los Angeles. Haven’t left my house and going a little stir crazy. On the plus side, the pollution levels here have lowered a lot and I’m learning to cook. Seems like most people are taking lockdown seriously, which is good and important.
How are you spending most of your time? I’ve set up a second studio room, so I’m making a lot of music and DJing in the other room. My other lockdown hobbies have included cooking and Animal Crossing.
Have you lost income-producing work? Yes. A lot of artists rely on touring to make money, so we are all trying to adapt and see what else we can do. Everyone has lost income right now and I don’t want to focus on just artists. Restaurants, local businesses, retail, festivals, venues – everyone is losing money. We all need to show support and love.
Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? Not really. I don’t think people want to pay to watch streaming stuff right now. Everyone is low on money… guess I’m gonna try and make as much music as possible and be ready to go when this is all over. I will be releasing more music, too!
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? Taking this time in lockdown to really finish music and write every day. I am being very productive. It’s hard to write on the road. So I am taking advantage of this time at home in my studio.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? I can cook.
Have you considered doing anything online? I have already streamed on Twitch, and also participated in Digital Mirage, which raised $300,000 to benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund!
Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? My new track with Phem: “W.W.C.B.D.” – i.e., “wut wud carole baskin do?”
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Call your friends, make sure you have structure during the day and set goals. Sending love!
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