1. Being a DJ requires you to be out a lot and you are constantly traveling and surrounded by people. What’s it been like for you during these weird times?
For me, like many others, there’s a lot of uncertainty about being in public and what the effects can be, but I am more than anxious to return to live performances and once again have the opportunity to share my music with people.
2. Did you ever think you would be quarantined for this long and not able to be booked for LIVE in-person gigs?
As a DJ I’m always contemplating how the future of the industry will shape itself. Will clubs stay busy? Will festivals continue? Will the industry trend downwards?I personally never anticipated an overnight shut down.
3. Musically, what have you been doing to keep yourself inspired and connected with your fans since venues have temporarily closed?
To be honest, I took this time to take a break. I’ve been DJing for over 20 years and this was the perfect opportunity to reset, refocus, and get charged up for the future. As I re-enter LIVE performance this week, I’ve dived fully back into music and am so excited for my upcoming sets.
4. It’s Memorial Day Weekend and you are booked in Scottsdale, Arizona for the first time since COVID-19 hit. You also are the first DJ signed with SKAM Artist, one of the country’s leading DJ/talent booking agencies in the world, to work and perform LIVE at an actual venue. How do you feel?
I feel ready with a bit of nerves. I haven’t worked the mental calisthenics of publicly DJiing in months, and feel a bit out of mental shape, but I know once I hit the decks it will be like riding a bike. Fun fact I bought a bike and crashed it the first week of shut down.
5. What are some of the precautions you plan on taking moving forward when you are booked to DJ?
I’m the type of DJ that loves to be surrounded by the people; it gives me the energy I need to perform my best. That being said, I don’t think now is the time to cram 100 people into the DJ booth. Also, I am lucky enough to be working with Riot Hospitality group who have gone above and beyond to raise the bar and set the new standard for sanitation in the nightlife industry. They’ve created protocols like no other, and set a tone that will make guest feel safe inside the venue. I DJ’d last night at El Hefe Scottsdale (Friday, May 22nd) and tonight and tomorrow I am at Riot House Scottsdale.
6. What do you think the future holds for the industry?
The hospitality industry has been one of the most brutallyy hit industries and has received little to no assistance. However, what makes this industry great is that its members are a core group of people that typically come from nothing and make the most of what they have. I believe our entrepreneurial spirit will bring this industry back quicker and better than ever.
7. What else is happening in DJ Cutswell’s world?
Since the shutdown my life has taken 180. These past few months I’ve been working in restaurants cleaning floors washing dishes, recently been working construction jobs. My sleep schedule is like never before lol, so the gratitude I’m feeling right now to be heading back to live performance is immense.