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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 Holland, Moroccan/Dutch hit-maker R3hab (aka Fadil El Ghoul).

R3HAB, CYB3RPVNK, Breda, The Netherlands

What’s it like where you are? The world is locked down… so, here, too. It’s peaceful in a weird way, actually.

How are you spending most of your time? I’m making the most music ever, of course. That’s the beauty of our work. That will never go away no matter what the crisis is.

Have you lost income-producing work? Thankfully not. Only the touring has suffered, of course.

Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? I was already releasing records or remixes or acoustics every week, so that really hasn’t changed.

What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? Testing new genres and collabs, different styles. We have some Latin records coming that will surprise people, too.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? Maybe that I already was a natural social-distancer? So, really, nothing has changed much at all.

Have you considered doing anything online like a Facebook Live mix? Have you seen any DJ video streams that impressed you? Lots of people are doing all kinds of creative things to stay engaged with their fans and that is the beauty of all this. I am looking for the right opportunity as well – stay tuned.

Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? I try to stay away from politics and religion in my music. Usually, it’s about the energy and the vibe and often a positive message.

Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? All new beginnings come from some other beginning’s end. We will be stronger after this.

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

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