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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 England’s Midlands: U.K.-based, deep-house practitioner Low Steppa.


Low Steppa, Simma Black, Cannock, U.K.

What’s it like where you are? I’m in Cannock, it’s quiet, people seem to be doing the right thing and staying home. I’m passing the time with some studio, guitar, movies, just got to get on with it each day.

Have you lost income-producing work? Yeah, I had to cancel the rest of my album tour and album launch party – that was three shows in March. I took April off anyway, so that’s not going to make much difference – but May was going to be a cracker! As it stands, I’m still set to play MADE Festival in England’s West Midlands on August 1.


Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? I have Simma Black, my record label, and I’m doing a couple of new remixes – so, it’s really good right now that I have the production side, too!

What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? I’m focusing on promoting my latest release, “Wanna Show You” feat. Reigns. It’s a nice record to lift people’s spirits. We have moved the album back for now, so at the moment it's all about the first single.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? Sadly, I’ve realized that I didn’t see people enough anyway, as not a lot has changed for me – other than the weekends, of course. I’ve also realized that most things are unimportant and I hope other people have figured this out, too – all the material things we think we need.

What have you done online so far? Have you seen anything you like so far? I did the Defected Virtual Festival from Ministry of Sound, and that had such a huge reach and impact – the messages and love have been crazy! I haven’t watched any live streams, actually, but I’m hoping to catch something by the likes of Louie Vega.

Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? Oasis’ “Let There Be Love.”

Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Facetime your pals, stay fit, exercise, watch uplifting movies and listen to my new track! [laughs]

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