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 Central Florida, the budding bass talent, Floret Loret (aka Fernando Loret de Mola).
How did you spend most of your pandemic time? I actually enjoy being home. So I’ve been hanging out with my girlfriend and dog, who live with me – and producing music. I’ve also been watching a lot of cooking videos, so I am picking up some new recipes here and there.
Have things changed over time? This year was a drastic change for my health. I went through chemotherapy and now COVID-19. My health habits and productivity have changed for the better since I’ve got more all this free time at home.
Did you lose important gigs, or income-producing work? I played at the last festival of the year, Okeechobee, but I didn’t have anything else lined up for the remainder of the year. I have definitely lost the opportunity to play some upcoming shows in Florida due to COVID.
Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? Have you learned anything in the downtime? At the moment, I am only producing music for fun and, hopefully, when shows pick back up again, I can make some income on the side. I’ve been working on making some sample packs for some friends, who are producers, and merchandise in the future, but nothing set in stone yet.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? I’ve self-released some remixes on my SoundCloud, some exclusives on Audius, and I recently just dropped an EP on Bassrush called “Prosper.”
What’s in your studio? My studio is literally just my bedroom and my laptop. I use Ableton Live as my main DAW and I have a couple guitars tucked away in the corner somewhere, but it’s very minimal.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? No matter how much free time you have, it’s never enough. There are days I wish I could just stay up all night working on music after a long day at work or just have more time to focus on it.
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