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 Sweden, the Gothenburg-based electronic talent Kasbo (aka Carl Garsbo).
What’s it like where you’re living? How have you spent most of your pandemic time? It’s fairly normal in Sweden right now. We were one of the few countries that didn’t actually “lock down.” I was able to keep going to the studio, getting my coffee at the local coffee shop, etc. I’ve been mainly working away at my album trying to utilize this time that I can’t spend touring.
Did you lose important gigs, or income-producing work? Yeah, a few, including a big Red Rocks show [in Denver] in May that I’d been looking forward to for over a year. There were a lot of other ones as well, but that one stung the most.
Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? Been making a lot of music and tried to hone my production craft.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? For example, any releases during this period? I’m releasing an album called The Making of a Paracosm in October! Right now, I’m in the middle of single releases, which is really exciting, even though I can’t play it out on tour or anything. My latest single is “Show You.”
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? That I might not be as much of an introvert like I thought.
Have you done anything online recently? Twitch, Facebook, YouTube streams? Have you seen any DJ video streams that impressed you? I’ve been trying to be more active on socials since I can’t connect with fans on tour anymore. I did a streamed DJ set for a festival called “Room Service,” which was very different, but fun. For others, I’ve been really enjoying Cercle’s YouTube channel, a bunch of dope DJs in different beautiful locations around the world.
Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? “Zoom” by Polo & Pan.
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? Keeping my eyes on the prize – the first DJ gig back from quarantine.
To check out more Life in Lockdown interviews, click here.