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 this period, DJ Times will continue presenting the questionnaire responses from talented music-makers from all over the world. Here’s our latest entry, this time from Upstate New York, dubstep fan-favorite Wooli (aka Adam Puleo)
What’s it like where you are? It’s pretty relaxed here. All the stores have pretty much caught up restocking shelves. I feel a lot more comfortable being here during lockdown rather than being in Los Angeles where I’ve been living the last few months.
How are you spending most of your time? I’ve been keeping busy playing video games, making music and cooking. I’ve been making a new recipe I find online each day, trying new things. Call of Duty is pretty much the DJ video game of choice at the moment and have been playing a lot of it.
Have you lost income-producing work? Yes, losing income due to the cancellation or postponing of shows is frustrating. However, I know the entire world is going through it right now, and we are all in it together. Worst-case scenario, I go back to my previous career as a financial advisor… but I don’t see that happening.
Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? Luckily, I have a platform of engaging fans, where I can pivot to different realms of entertainment, such as streaming. Also, making merch is something I have always loved and can help make this time a bit easier.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? I’ve been taking this time to learn more techniques in my music production and in my personal life. Getting creative in the kitchen, with my workouts, and my music production is something I’m finding to enjoy a lot more than I thought I would.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? That most people suck at listening to guidelines put in place to make this go by faster.
Have you considered doing anything online like a Facebook Live mix? Have you seen any DJ video streams that impressed you? I’ve been pretty unimpressed by live-streams. I’ve been public about my stance on this. The magic behind electronic music is that it is typically heard in a loud club or music festival. Streaming from your house just loses that immersion that I crave. If I were to do a streamed set, I would have to think of something creative that other people are not doing at the moment.
Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? Billie Eilish’s “Bored.”
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Stay in touch with your friends. Take advantage of technology, like Zoom, Discord, etc.! Don’t think about what’s going on outside.
To check out more Life in Lockdown interviews, click here.