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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 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).


CRi, Anjunadeep, Montreal, Canada

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 theme tunes recommended for the moment? “Breathe Deeper” by Tame Impala and “Everything In Its Right Place” by Radiohead.

Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Relax, adopt a dog if you can, and work on yourself.

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

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