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The Pandemic and Me: Max Jones.
Hellooooo everyone. It's week 4 of our interview series, The Pandemic and Me, which means we are officially half way through! Thank you to everyone who's been reading the stories of some remarkable individuals who have had particularly unique experiences during the pandemic.
This week, we are chatting to someone who understands first hand just how catastrophic Covid-19 has been for many industries. Max Jones is a DJ and music producer who has had to put a halt to many aspects of his working life over the past year. With clubs being shut since March 2020, Max has had to readjust completely, as his sector has arguably faced more financial uncertainty than any other.
Thank you very much to Max for chatting to us and telling us all about his experiences of the past year. You can check out his socials below (please do, he's great!)
NAME: Max Jones
Hey there! Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do for work?
Hiya! I’m Max and I’m a 22 year old DJ from Yarm. I’ve been playing for around 3 years and managed to turn my passion into a source of income about a year and a half ago.
What have you found most challenging in the past year?
The biggest challenge for me has been trying to find new ways to engage with my audience and maintain relevance in the clubbing scene, since we all know promoters and event organisers are always on the look out for the next big thing and the hottest artists on the radar. I’ve had to get creative with how I keep my audience and momentum with no clubs open.
What’s your life motto?
I have a couple of mottos that I like to try and live by. Something that keeps me going is definitely, “accept failure, everyone fails at something eventually, but don’t accept not trying”. This is a quote from Michael Jordan and I like to think of this whenever I’m worried about making a leap in life or trying my hand at something new, to let me know that I’ll regret not trying more than I’ll regret the embarrassment if I fail. I also love “Memento Mori”, which is a Latin quote that directly means “Remember you must die”. Now, morbid as this quote may seem, my interpretation of this is to seize the day and take every chance I can, don’t hold things off till tomorrow, cause one day you’ll die, and you don’t want that day to come without taking the chances life has given you.
How has Covid-19 changed your outlook on life?
I would say that Covid-19 has changed my mentality towards many things. It’s mainly just made me so much more grateful for the smaller things in life, like being able to freely go to the pub, and to live my happiest moments, playing music to a dance floor full of people, all sharing a love and an energy.
How have you been keeping upbeat and positive during this period?
I've been keeping busy by stepping up my game in music, learning new skills, building my personal brand and getting into the studio and learning the production of my own music. Other than that I’ve just been trying to make sure that I’m keeping in touch with all my mates to check on them and keeping myself fit with home workouts in prep for Summer 21’ or 22’ at this rate, when we can hopefully get ourselves back into venues and on holidays!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in life and/or in the past year?
I’d say one of the best bits of ‘advice’ I’ve been given was actually from a DJ that I look up to when I got the opportunity to meet him at an event. We were talking about the ‘DJ lifestyle’ and how much the glamour of being out partying all the time and calling it ‘networking’ can really hinder careers- he said “some people want it, and some people kinda want it, I can see you really f**king want it, use that energy and you’ll be more successful than me.” That resonated with me so much, and completely changed my outlook on the industry as a whole.
What 3 things do you look forward to doing most once we are in a safe position to do so?
I can’t put into words how much I crave playing that first tune back through club speakers and feeling the crowd reactions, I can feel the butterflies just now talking about it honestly. A holiday would be nice too and being able to get back into a festival with the gang and forget about the world for a weekend.
How have you practiced self care/self love during this difficult time?
I’ve really taken this time to reflect on myself and learn what makes me happy. I had a couple moments where I’ve been lower than ever before during this pandemic, and I had a time where I really cut myself off from the world, but in that time I really found myself and now know when I need my time to myself and when I am truly happy.
If you were one of our soap bars, which would you be and why?
Haha never thought I’d be comparing myself to a soap bar before! But looking at them I’d say since I’m half Jamaican, I have to go for one of the tropical ones so either mango or the coconut one, actually the coconut probably describes me best.
Here’s your chance to give a shoutout to someone who has gotten you through the past few months! What is their name and how have they helped you?
Oooh this really is a tough one, so many people have been important during this pandemic to me. I’ve rekindled old friendships, made a few new ones and I’ve never been closer to my family, however I’d have to say this shoutout would have to go to the strongest and most important people in my life, my amazing parents, and my diamond of a girlfriend Kristen. Honestly I have no idea where I’d be without them, my parents have propelled me so far and always had my back even through my lowest points during this pandemic and as for Kristen, she’s always been the one that has brought me back to earth and been my rock during this past year, and I’m so grateful for the lot of them.