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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 British Columbia, Canadian hitmakers Young Bombs (aka Tristan Norton and Martin Kottmeier).


Young Bombs, Astralwerks, Vancouver, Canada

What’s it like where you are? Here in Vancouver, people are taking it very seriously with the whole quarantine situation. We only really leave the house to get groceries or walk the dog. We aren’t even meeting up to make music – but since we are both able to make music independently, it hasn’t really hindered us all that much. And also, Tristan has bad gas, so it’s probably a win.

How are you spending most of your time? We’ve actually probably been more productive because we’ve been spending our time just trying to get creative with social content and making music. So, like, studio sessions are wrapped up at 9 a.m., and then it’s happy hour.


Have you lost income-producing work? We’ve definitely taken a hit with touring being canceled across the board. We really feel for everyone during this time. So many industries are being affected.

Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? Can you make money on Chat Roulette?

What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? We are working on a lot of unreleased music, remixes, and we had a TikTok video cross a million views, so we’re basically internet superstars now. And we’ve also done enough home workouts that we can wash our clothes on our abs now.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? The most surprising thing we have learned throughout this experience is probably that toilet paper is more valuable than gold, and that Joe Exotic ran for president and no-one even told us he was an option…

Are you doing anything online? Have you seen any DJ video streams that impressed you? Yes, we’ve been doing a few of those now and have some more scheduled. Gryffin was so dope. We’re big fans.

Any theme tunes recommended for the moment?Curb Your Enthusiasm” theme song.

Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Listen to our new single “High Road” feat. Robinson… available on all DSPs.

To check out more Life in Lockdown interviews, click here.

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