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 the Left Coast, the L.A.-based electronic talent ALRT (aka Irad Brant).
What’s it like where you’re living? I live in Hollywood, but I’m originally from Israel. I’ve been trying to create as much as I can through this lockdown, while also trying to continue the grind for my project. I spend most of my time in my studio, which is also in Hollywood.
What income-producing work did you lose? I basically lost all income I planned to make in 2020 – festivals, club shows and touring.
Are you doing anything now that can or will produce music-related income? I’m actually creating sound sample packs that I sell through my website. I mentor a few artists and also do feedback sessions for new artists.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your music life/career? For example, any releases during this period? Well, I have decided not to stop releasing music! I just released my latest track, “Touch Me” on Deadbeats, which appears on my forthcoming, sophomore EP, “NRG Vol 2.” The EP will be released with Deadbeats March 12. Pre-save the EP here.
In the studio, what’s your set-up? I use EVE Audio SC208 monitors, RME Babyface Pro soundcard and a MacBook Pro laptop. My favorite DAW is Ableton Live. I recently upgraded my studio and soffit-mounted my monitors. The room is acoustically treated, all measured, and sounding great.
What’s your creation process in the studio? I usually start with the theme or motif of the track and then I go from there. I never start from building the drop. I think it makes the creation process way more fun and interesting, and I never know how the drop will end up.
What’s your typical DJ set-up? I like to use four Pioneer CDJ-2000s and a Pioneer mixer. I choose that route just because it’s easy to work with. I prepare everything in rekordbox, and once I’m doing a show I can mix easily between tracks with hot cues.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing? I realized how much I miss human interaction. You take it for granted, but once it’s gone, you understand how important it is for the soul.
Any theme tunes recommended for the moment? Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.”
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation? My one piece of advice is: It will pass! Like everything. As humans, we are tough! We can get through this together!
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