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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 L.A., EDM luminary Party Favor (aka Dylan Ragland).

Party Favor, Area 25/Mad Decent, Los Angeles

What’s it like where you are? Here in L.A., it’s “shelter in place” and no going out except for essentials. I definitely am getting cabin fever [laughs]. I have my studio at my place, so I am lucky to still feel that semblance of normal life.

What income-producing work have you lost? All of my shows are cancelled/postponed for the foreseeable future, and that impacts my entire team – managers, tour manager, agents, etc.). Had some big festivals that are now cancelled and shows in Mexico and Asia planned. It bums me out, but I know there are many people hurting much more than me.

Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? I have been very fortunate to have a lot of my songs get synced in movies, TV shows and commercials, so I have been working on that avenue – and then any sales from music streaming and merch sales will still come through during this time.

What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? Practicing the piano. I am also challenging myself to produce a beat a day. No genre or vibe rules… just creating. It has really made me enjoy making music again. And I think it is taking me out of my habits I have made over the past couple years.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? Two things: How much I miss being around people and feeding off the energy of the crowd and other people. Also, time flies, for some reason, when you are stuck at home. I would have thought the exact opposite [laughs].

What are you doing online now? Here I am at the Beyond Wonderland Virtual Rave-A-Thon. Also, I have got my streaming set up all ready to go for YouTube and Twitch, and I have done a few Instagram Lives so far. I am excited to engage with my fans in a new way. Going to do some videos where I am producing and interacting real-time, while people watch me make a beat.

Any theme tunes recommended for the moment?Mad World” by Gary Jules & Michael Andrews.

Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? I think in our world nowadays people are always “on,” especially on social media. I think many people will have a chance to find what’s really important. Many people’s livelihoods stopped seemingly overnight, so that’s added stress. Everyone can challenge themselves to learn something or read something new, etc. I think finding any way to better yourself during this time is the best thing to do. Hopefully, this can be a reset if you’re able.

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