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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 Down Under, the Melbourne-based electronic wiz Willaris. K (aka Jack McAllister).


Willaris. K, Astralwerks, Melbourne, Australia
What’s it like where you are? We’re not completely locked down – you’re allowed outside for essentials, if necessary. The line is a bit blurry in Australia at the moment.

Have you lost important gigs, or income-producing work? Yeah, I had a big Australian tour planned for July, then Europe after that, and America in September.

Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? Making music, but playing shows is without a doubt my main source of income. I currently have no other form of income.


What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? Just making music.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? How odd it is when everything comes to a halt. There’s a weird energy on the streets.

Have you considered doing anything online like a streaming mix? Have you seen any DJ video streams that impressed you? Yeah I’m doing a few very soon! Haven’t watched many myself yet, but looking forward to it.

Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? I’ve been loving the new Against All Logic album, If You Can’t Do It Good, Do It Hard.

Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Go outside and do some form of exercise in the morning, even if it’s just a walk – it makes a huge difference. I found getting dressed is effective, but since all this began I do find myself still kicking it in my pajamas in the PM regularly. Facetime your friends. Clean your house/space. Stay safe.

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