Jazzy Jeff wears a Genre BNDR face mask. (Source: Genre BNDR)
Recently, the rapidly-spreading Coronavirus has begun to impact the global music community. The cancellation of Austin, TX’s SXSW festival, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, Red Bull 3Style’s World Championships, and France’s Tomorrowland Winter are likely only the beginning. DJcity spoke with a few notable DJs to find out how they are handling these cancellations and contemplating their next steps.
Four Color Zack:
“I’m fully expecting [the rash of cancellations] to trickle down to other kinds of gatherings and venues. [It’s] probably just a matter of time,” says Four Color Zack, a former Red Bull 3Style World Champion who was expecting to head to Moscow for the Red Bull 3Style world championships. Zack also notes that he had a recent tour of China canceled because of the coronavirus, and adds, “it would have gotten canceled anyway since the sponsors and venues are all stopping in their tracks.”
Fellow former 3Style World Champion Hedspin adds, “I’ve been touring Asia at least two-to-three times a year for almost a decade now. The only people I’ve noticed that are affected are my DJ/promoter friends in Mainland China and Hong Kong. A lot of them have taken a hit financially because a lot of the nightclubs have temporarily stopped operating, and the general public is just staying home.”
Regarding the spread of coronavirus into Europe, Hedspin is concerned about that marketplace too. “Switzerland just got a notice from the government that all events with more than 1000 people present will have to be canceled or delayed until further notice. This announcement will also affect the European tour dates I had lined up.”
In a recent Twitter post, DJ/producer Dani Deahl summed up the thoughts of many artists:
Musicians make the bulk of their income from touring.
Cancelled festivals and shows bc of Coronavirus will be big financial losses for indie artists this year.
Please consider buying a piece of merch to support your favorite indie act(s) and help art thrive. ❤️
— Dani Deahl (@danideahl) March 6, 2020
When asked about developing other revenue streams in coronavirus’ wake, DJ/producer Spryte says, “Luckily, I have multiple revenue streams outside of tour DJing. However, if this weren’t the case, I would probably look into more local gigs or work with local venues to provide their music in some manner. Everything going on right now is very similar to what happened with the swine flu back in 2009. I try to stay optimistic that my travel schedule won’t be affected much, but I do think everyone should be asking themselves this question just in case.”
Three months in, the concern about coronavirus’ impact are possibly overstated but not without merit. DJ Scene has his own tips for staying healthy while traveling. “I’ve been carrying disinfectant wipes in my backpack for many years. I always wipe down tray tables, armrests, seatbelts, headrests, and walls if I have a window seat. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given wipes to other people when they comment, ‘that’s a good idea.'”
When asked about a solution for fans of live sets, he offered a simple solution. “I think it’s a great time to dive into DJ mixes. Whether it’s audio or video, people can enjoy them on-demand while working out, driving, cleaning their house, etc. There are tons of new and classic content to explore. Boiler Room sets are a killer example.”
Ultimately, when thinking about this, or any terrifying situation, the idea that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure becomes relevant. Four Color Zack instead opted to quote Neil McCauley, a career criminal portrayed by Robert DeNiro in the 1995 film, Heat. “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner. Always have an exit strategy.”
Four Color Zack performing at The Do Over’s “Lei Over” party at Honolulu’s Encore Saloon. (Source: The Do-Over)
Former Red Bull 3Style world champion, Four Color Zack, recently headlined the legendary Do-Over party’s “Lei Over” event in Hawaii at Honolulu’s Encore Saloon. In this hour-long set, Zack blended house, hip-hop, dancehall, classic soul, and more. An example of when his award-winning turntablism skills are showcased? Hear the moment roughly 40 minutes in when Timbaland’s “The Way I Are” is slowed and seamlessly blended into Roots Manuva’s “Witness.”
Since being founded by Jamie Strong, Christopher Haycock, and Aloe Blacc in 2005, The Do-Over has become a well regarded global brand known for showcasing open format DJs playing good music in a backyard-BBQ setting.
Check out his Hawaiian Do-Over DJ set below.
Related Post: Four Color Zack Live at The Boo-Over Mix
Four Color Zack performing at The Boo-Over in Los Angeles on October 27, 2019 (Source: Instagram)
Former Red Bull Music 3Style world champion, Four Color Zack, recently performed at The Boo-Over, which is the Halloween version of Los Angeles’ legendary day party, The Do-Over. His eclectic live set features Afrobeats, dancehall, hip-hop, R&B, and more.
The Do-Over was founded by Jamie Strong, Christopher Haycock, and Aloe Blacc, to showcase good music in a backyard-BBQ setting. The open-format party has become a Sunday afternoon institution in Los Angeles.
Stream Four Color Zack’s Boo-Over DJ set below.
Four Color Zack at the Red Bull Music 3Style IX World Finals in Taipei, Taiwan on January 25, 2019. (Jasmine Chang / Red Bull)
Former Red Bull Music 3Style world champ Four Color Zack and veteran party rocker DJ Scooter debated the sync feature on this week’s episode of Reflections of a DJ a.k.a. ROAD Podcast. The argument was reignited by none other than Craze, who recently took to Twitter encouraging DJs to use the feature.
Both Zack and Scooter, who come from different generations, made valid points (Zack is pro-sync, and Scooter is anti-sync). The two also discussed topics like juggling their careers and family, “Instagram DJs,” and Lil Nas X‘s breakout hit, “Old Town Road.”
Watch an excerpt below and the full interview here.
Four Color Zack at Holy Ship! 10.0 on Jan. 7, 2018. (Credit: Rukes)
Among the topics discussed were the politics of DJing in Vegas. A fan of the show, Zack told the hosts that he values their inside perspective of the Vegas club scene. The conversation that ensues covers what it’s really like DJing in Sin City as well as some of the dos and don’ts of holding down a residency.
2¢ performs at the Red Bull 3Style World Final in Kraków, Poland on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo credit: Kin Marcin/Red Bull)
Like previous installments, part four features hip-hop and bass music intertwined with turntablism, and political and industry commentary.
“There’s a lot happening in the world,” the mix’s description on SoundCloud says. “Get involved in the conversation, repost and share.”
Listen or download below.
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