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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 entry, this time from the West Coast, the L.A.-based EDM talent Justin Caruso.

Justin Caruso, Armada Music/Nine Twenty Two, Los Angeles

What’s it like where you are? It’s pretty mellow where I am living, which I guess is a good thing. I have been doing my part and only leaving for necessities. I’ve been killing time in the studio and have been able to catch up on a lot of new music.

What income-producing work have you lost? I have had to reschedule shows and have, unfortunately, had to cancel some college shows, which is a bummer because I love playing at schools.

Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? Yes, I have been working on a ton of new music. I’m very excited about my latest release, “No Eyes on Me.”

What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? Since I have a lot of time at home, I have really been focusing on music and experimenting with new sounds. Although it’s been a bit isolating, I think overall it’s been constructive to my project as a whole.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? I have noticed how much we take for granted, and how little we washed our hands in the past. But I have also noticed how fortunate we are to have technology and adaptability.

Are you anything online? Have you seen anything that’s impressed you? Right now, getting in the studio and continuing to plan out releases has been my No. 1 priority. I have seen some Instagram mixes, etc., which have been pretty cool, especially from Calvin Harris. I can’t promise anything, but I may schedule out some live streams.

Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? Hmmm, not so much at the moment. But I’ll tell you that when this is all over I will be playing “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang!

Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Stay away from the media as much as you can, read books, watch movies, and just try to think positively!

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