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 Progressive House Canadian duo, Project 46.
What’s it like where you’re living? Are you locked down? Here in Vancouver we have actually been really fortunate. We are doing heavy social distancing – not fully in lockdown – so we have the ability to go for walks, get our groceries, take out from restaurants – as long as we ensure we are keeping away from people and following all the safety protocols.
How are you spending most of your time? I’m either working on music, working out (really into running atm), cooking, doing things around the house or lounging – watching shows, paying video games. etc.
Have you lost income-producing work? Definitely, I think everyone has been hit pretty hard by all this.
Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income Making music eventually has some form of dividend or another. It could be future releases or compilations etc. , you never know when a song will eventually come out.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? It’s a great time to tunnel into the studio. Been diving into other plugins and genres I normally wouldn’t.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing How under prepared we were for something of this scale. Hopefully we can all learn to try and approach these situations in the future with preparation as opposed to reaction.
Have you considered doing anything online like a Facebook Live mix? Have you seen any DJ video streams that impressed you? I really like the ones the major festivals have been doing, its cool to see some of the production still in use. I have also really liked the major youtube streams where all the artist’s showcased cool places they wanted to record. All this being said, my favourite (and the best) platform for streaming is still twitch. Youtube is a close second, but twitch has the best incorporation of fans and viewers.
Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? haha, none that come to mind. Maybe I’ll have to produce a very doomsday esk electronic track.
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Eat well, Sleep well, Exercise. But on top of those three, stay connected. Have a zoom party with your friends and let loose a little. Ask how they are doing, make sure everyone in your circles is doing okay and provide them support if they need it.
Any message to the readers? Surprise! We are back. We aren’t going to say too much, but we have been hard at work, and have lots more to come!
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