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 Scotland, the Glasgow-based, prog-house talent Grum (aka Graeme Shepherd).
What’s it like where you are? I live in a small place outside of Glasgow and it’s never mega-busy here anyway – but it’s certainly noticeably quieter now. We are on a sort of partial lockdown in the U.K., but can still go out for food and essentials. So, for me, there’s movies, TV shows, Xbox, and a bit of making music, as well.
What income-producing work have you lost? I’ve lost 10 gigs so far in Europe and the U.S., plus some flight costs have had to be written off.
Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? I have a few remixes to work on, which is quite enjoyable with the extra time we have now.
Also, I just released Deep State Deluxe, an extended version of my album that came out in late 2019.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? Getting a full night’s sleep at the weekends – it’s nice to finally catch up on that.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? When I’m home, generally, I don’t tend to go out loads. But now, just the thought of only being allowed out to do certain things feels quite oppressive.
Have you considered doing anything online? Have you seen any DJ video streams that impressed you? Yes, working on that at the moment. Here’s my stream for
Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? Above & Beyond’s “Alone Tonight.”
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Booze helps.
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