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Notable DJs Share Plans for Dealing With Coronavirus


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.”

Hedspin:

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.”

Dani Deahl:

In a recent Twitter post, DJ/producer Dani Deahl summed up the thoughts of many artists:

DJ Spryte:

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.”

DJ Scene:

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.”

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‘My DJcities With DJ Spryte’: Travel Essentials and Gig-Booking Tips

Touring open-format DJ/producer Spryte is back with another installment of his vlog series, My DJcities with DJ Spryte. In this episode, Spryte shares some of his travel essentials and talks to a talent buyer about gig-booking etiquette.

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‘My DJcities With DJ Spryte’: How to Get Your Music Placed on Record Pools

Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Spryte is back with the third episode of his vlog series, My DJcities with DJ Spryte.

On this episode, Spryte travels to Whitefish, Montana to play at Casey’s nightclub. While there, he goes over his music organization system in Serato. Then Spryte heads back to Los Angeles to the DJcity/Beatsource offices to talk with music director Kidd Spin about getting your music placed on record pools.

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‘MikiDz Podcast’: Ringing in the New Year with DJ Spryte

On this week’s episode of the MikiDz Podcast, MikiWAR, DJ Dainjazone, and DJ Rell sit down with LA-based DJ/producer Spryte. The guys talk about 2019’s hottest ratchet songs, their favorite cities to play in, and more. They also call DJcity president DJ Phenom to talk about the record pool’s highest-performing tracks of the year.

Watch the MikiDz Podcast above. It is also available on Apple Podcasts, Mixcloud, and Spotify.

The MikiDz Podcast is a talk-show that discusses news and topics in the DJ and nightlife industries. It is hosted by MikiWAR, DJ Dainjazone, and DJ Rell. The MikiDz Show, which is also hosted by Miki and Dainjazone, features live performances from the world’s most-skilled DJs.

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‘My DJcities With DJ Spryte’: What Talent Buyers Look For When Hiring DJs

Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Spryte is back with the second episode of his vlog series, My DJcities with DJ Spryte. The series gives a look into the life of a touring DJ.

This time around, Spryte travels from Riverside, California to Reno, Nevada. Between club gigs, he offers insight into his gig-prepping process and talks to the talent buyer at Edge Nightclub about what she looks for when booking DJs.

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‘My DJcities with DJ Spryte’ Offers Look into the Life of a Touring DJ

Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Spryte has dropped the first episode of his new vlog series, My DJcities with DJ Spryte.

In the series, Spryte offers a behind-the-scenes look into the life of a touring open-format DJ. He also offers insight into production techniques and a glimpse into the city he’s performing in.

The series kicks off in San Diego, where Spryte makes some edits and checks out the local culture before playing at the Oxford Social Club.

Watch the first episode above and stay tuned for more from DJ Spryte.

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