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 North of the Border, the Montreal-based, electronic talent CRi (aka Christophe Dubé).
What’s it like where you’re living? In Montreal, the atmosphere is generally good. I feel that people are a bit stressed, but that’s about it. I have to admit that I haven’t been out much, I’ve been taking things easy – watching Netflix shows, playing online poker and making music.
Have you lost important gigs, or income-producing work? I lost several gigs. We had to cancel 26 dates in the U.S., touring with Lutrell and a bunch of really cool dates with Anjunadeep. But, hopefully, it’s only a postponement! In Canada, the government-supported us a bit – I lost a lot of income, but I spend less.
Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? Yes! I produce some performers here in Montreal and I’m also working on some new collaborative projects. The lockdown also allowed me to finalize my album. I really didn’t get bored – quite the opposite, even.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? I practice piano every day. I used to have trouble finding my chords – now it’s getting better and better. One day, I’ll be a great pianist [laughs].
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? How hard it is to apply it. I really try my best, but sometimes it just feels impossible to respect it. I also wondered why we don't talk more about physical distancing instead of social distancing – at two meters I can still talk to people I care about.
Have you considered doing anything online like a live-stream? Have you seen anything online that impressed you? I’ve done a couple live performances on Twitch. It was a nice alternative, considering the circumstances. I’m personally getting a bit bored, though; I miss the live audience. Last time was at Igloofest in January, and it was a magical moment in the outdoor winter of my hometown with a crowd of 10,000 people. It feels like so long ago… Personally, I haven’t watched a ton of DJ streams, but KiNK‘s live performances are always very cool.
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Relax, adopt a dog if you can, and work on yourself.
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