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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 the Hills of Athens, pop-dance DJ/artist Xenia Ghali.

Xenia Ghali, Funky Sheep Records, Athens, Greece

What’s it like where you are? I am in Greece at the moment and we are locked down. It’s something that, of course, will definitely affect my work and my social relationships. However, it is something that we should all collectively make an effort with, so that we can get past it quickly. I am making music, as well as doing a lot of Instagram Live DJ sets.

What income-producing work have you lost? Every single show I had lined up until June has currently been cancelled. I am hoping that at least July, August and September won’t involve cancellations. Summer is a very important season for me as I have an extensive summer tour.

Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? Hopefully, the music I am making will do well and provide me with an income either via sales/streaming or by expanding my market to other territories for potential shows.

What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? I’m investing in myself, mentally and physically speaking, which greatly enhances my productivity work-wise. Additionally, I am staying highly creative through making new music, DJing and playing various instruments, such as the piano and the bass.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? How quickly you can feel completely disconnected to people that you almost took for granted seeing on the regular.

What are you doing online: Have you seen anything you like so far? I currently do Instagram Live DJ sets because Instagram is my main platform in terms of social media. There have been a lot of DJ video streams going on and most recently I loved a stream I saw by Black Coffee.

Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? Sllash & Doppe’s “Back to the House.” It seems very fitting!

Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Be as productive and creative as you possibly can. It’s a great time to invest in yourself, learn things, pamper yourself – guys, I’m talking to you, too –pick up something new and improve certain things you’ve wanted to about yourself.

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