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 Los Angeles – the eclectic talent, Henry Fong.
How did you spend most of your pandemic time? Sitting at home a lot and hanging with the fam! I’ve spent lots of time driving in the car, too. I would just leave the house and drive down the coast and not get out of the car for the first three months [laughs].
Did you lose important gigs, or income-producing work? Unfortunately, yes. Touring is a very big part of DJs’ income. It’s been tough without it, but we are making it work.
Have you learned anything in the downtime? I’ve taken a knack for investing, been trading stocks every day. I’ve learned a lot about real estate as well, too. As far as music goes, I worked on a lot more sample packs.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? I’ve stayed super-consistent with music releases still. That was part of our strategy to stay heavy on the releases, regardless of what’s been happening. My latest track is “The Feeling” – it’s a collab with Gammer – and my latest remix is for Moby’s “Morningside.”
What’s in your studio? Normal studio stuff… basically, a nice custom studio desk, ADAM Audio A7X monitors, a couch and some custom wooden panels.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? I never realized how politically polarized America is and how different everyone’s beliefs can be in the same country. It’s crazy. I hope a lot of that is behind us now.
Have you done anything online recently? I’ve posted quite a few live sets, so… yes! Tons of streams went up on my YouTube.
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? I think learning new skills is the most important thing. If we can make it through this, anything is possible!
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