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 London, the bottom-heavy, hitmaking, house artist Endor (aka Dan Hardingham).
What’s it like where you are? The U.K.’s in lockdown, so I’m doing what I do best, which is sit in front of my computer working on tunes like a hermit. I’m quite well-versed at the art of self-isolation.
What income-producing work have you lost? My gigs have definitely taken a hit. I’ve lost all my shows in the short term.
Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? Working on new material and doing the odd remix, so yeah… there’s income. But it’s a fraction of what it would usually be… now that there’s no gigs.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? Really focusing hard on all the mundane jobs that I usually deprioritize because I’m too sidetracked with gigs. It’s actually a really good opportunity to get things a bit more ship-shape in that respect… the kind of thing a DJ is usually not so good at!
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? How lucky we are to live in a free society… and how few games of Halo Reach I can play without being bored senseless.
Have you considered doing anything online? Have you seen anything you like? I’ve been thinking about it, but it seems they’re 10 a penny at the moment. SUAT has got the live-stream game on lock. His are the bomb.
Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? It’s gotta be a certain Y2K garage anthem [“Gotta Get Thru This”] by Daniel Bedingfield.
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Hobbies! Maybe it’s just me, but if I’m immersed in a hobby, time can fly by… I’m talking soap-carving, Airfix, RuneScape, hacking, LARPing, escapology, witchcraft, yoga… there’s so much to do from the comfort of your own back garden.
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