Music In Times of A Pandemic 2022

The Covid-19 Pandemic has taken a toll on the world that we once knew.

Live shows, concerts, studios, and more, are now closed until further notice and most of us are left with the thought of what will happen next?

Social distancing, community quarantines, and lockdown protocols have given everyone, musicians, DJs and producers included, a great struggle to combat. But distance does not mean disconnection and “flatten the curve” does not mean cancellation; we all just need to unleash the creativity within us and take advantage of what we have.

The Sound of Hope Amid A Pandemic — Going Virtual

Reimagine the world, going forward together!

No pandemic can never take the spotlight off music or hinder the joy it brings to everyone. The pace of innovation will always continue whether there is a pandemic, war, Trump re-election, or other disasters. Within this, online platforms have emerged as fast as Covid-19 has managed to spread; opening up a portal of endless opportunities, technological innovations, and new ways of thinking.

Here is a list of new ways that musicians are rising up to make their voices heard:

Live Streaming

From YouTube Live and Facebook Live to all social media and online platforms, you name it — you can always take advantage and use these digital outlets as a way to promote yourself and keep active. Almost everyone took to live streaming when the restrictions came in. This has been one of the best methods for unleashing their passion and making themselves heard — and it’s produced some unthinkably good results for many.

Some musicians, with the biggest heart and a striving passion, even took this opportunity as an initiative to gather donations to help those who were greatly in need and affected by the current pandemic.

Collaborating Online

Cancelled album cover? The project now on hold? Fret not, there is always a way!

Even in a social-distant world, opportunities are around just about every corner — perhaps even a tap of our hand! Just when everyone thought that getting together is pretty much impossible, online platforms have made it so people are still able to be together, but of course — virtually.

It’s important to recreate and consistently develop ourselves as humans. Even in times of Covid-19, we are naturally creative beings who thrive off social and meaningful interactions with others, so why not create art and do it with our virtual friends? There is a wide range of applications available to download, like Zoom and Skype, where talking to a group people have made all sorts of ideas possible. In fact, most of the famous groups and/or bands are taking advantage of it too.

Rediscovering New Trends of Music Together

A pandemic won’t loosen our grip on passion, purpose, or productivity. Never will it be the reason that we lose the very thing that makes us all feel alive — music! Everyone might be advised to distance away from each other a bit, but no pandemic and definitely not Covid-19 can ever disconnect us from the string of sounds and melody.

Let the rhythm flow because there ain’t no stopping or going on hold to our imagination and endless possibilities. Keep moving forward, continue to be creative, and be flexible enough to address these uncertain times with certainty. Know that there are lots of ways and resources that we can always utilize to keep our passions alive. Let your music continue to inspire everyone that hears it and do not stop beating the drum to the sound of your dreams.

Keep healthy, follow protocols, stay safe, and don’t miss out on any chance to celebrate life and music together!

 

FAQs

Does Pandemic affects musicians?

Social distancing, community quarantines, and lockdown protocols have given everyone, musicians, DJs and producers included, a great struggle to combat.

How did music help to relieve stress on this pandemic?

No pandemic can never take the spotlight off music or hinder the joy it brings to everyone. The pace of innovation will always continue whether there is a pandemic, war, Trump re-election, or other disaster.

Does music help to the community?

Some musicians, with the biggest heart and a striving passion, even took this opportunity as an initiative to gather donations to help those who were greatly in need and affected by the current pandemic

Different types of DJ equipment

DJ Headphoes

You can’t DJ properly if you can’t hear what you’re doing or gauge what the audience is hearing. This is why a top-class pair of headphones is essential in any DJ setup. There are hundreds of great headphones on the market, but what you need to factor in when buying is whether they will be in-ear or over-ear, the cup size, orientation, comfort, and durability, among other things.

Different types of DJ equipment

speakers

 If you haven’t got some already and need to add speakers to your shopping list, you’ll want to avoid cheap brands and opt for some which are powerful but suitable for your DJing environment. You wouldn’t go out and buy a huge PA system if you live in a cupboard under the stairs, and you wouldn’t invest in some tiny desk speakers if you are mixing in a large room with thick walls and high ceilings. A set of speakers that fit somewhere in the middle is best.

Different types of DJ equipment

DJ Software

If you’re looking to play solely digital, you’re going to want to invest in some good software. Some DJs who play from USB still do not use software, but the truth is, it can seriously help you stay organized. Software not only allows you to prepare your tracks into neat and tidy playlists, but it also detects the BPM and key of all your tunes, lets you set hot cues, make loops, mashups, and other really cool stuff that wouldn’t be possible if you simply stuck all your tunes on a USB stick or burned them to CD. If you’re just starting out as a DJ, there’s no question that using a high-quality software program will make mixing easier and your sets sound better.

Different types of DJ equipment

Controllers

 DJ controllers are highly convenient because they are an all-in-one setup that you can carry around with you, then plug in and play right off the bat. They also eliminate the need to spend thousands on individual pieces of gear. There are many different types of DJ controllers that are ideal for beginners, each with different functions, personalities, and more. Some are fantastic for multi-deck mixing, changing the volume, tempo, track settings, looping, panning, playing drum pads, and even scratching.

Different types of DJ equipment

mixers

For any analog DJ setup, a mixer is an essential bit of kit. Besides being used to make seamless transitions from one song to another, they also have a wide range of other functions. The crossfader can be used to make epic scratch performances, while the vertical sliders control the volume levels, panning, and can be used in conjunction with effects. They also act as a soundcard to process the music signal you’re sending out to your audience, and let you cue up your next track in your headphones while the current song is playing.

Different types of DJ equipment

Turntables

As mentioned, mixing on turntables is the classic way of DJing, and even some digital DJs still have a vinyl player or two in their repertoire. Turntables are ideal for those who want to get into scratching. They also allow you to switch between songs and albums, slow down tempos, alter the pitch, and do other creative tricks. While laptops and digital DJ setups are the most popular in this day in age, we still recommend learning how to mix on vinyl, even if you don’t plan to buy turntables or use them in your setup. The saying is true – if you can play on wax, you can play on anything.