Working as a producer and studio owner during covid has certainly been a challenge.
During the first lockdown, I had to close my studio and stop working face to face with clients which is quite hard when most of my work revolves around being in a studio with artists.
I had to work out some ways to adapt and try to continue working but remotely. Most producers are quite used to adapting or facing challenging situations as it’s part of the job so I tried to embrace it as much as I could and looked at how I could keep working on music.
I’ve been a long time user of a system that allows me to broadcast what I’m working on over the internet. I had been using it previously to work with clients in different countries and knew it would be a great thing to utilise to help work with clients who were stuck at home during the lockdown. I decided to temporarily move into mainly mixing work whilst the strict lockdowns were in place but using a combination of software, I could still work with clients, seeing them over the internet and have them be able to hear what I was doing.
Once we were allowed to run face to face sessions again, I was slowly able to start doing sessions again in person but with covid safety measures in place to keep everyone safe.
It’s also been amazing to have the Control Room audio community (which I run). As soon as the pandemic started, a lot of us producers in the community immediately started exchanging ideas and devised new methods to help each other continue working. Control Room has been an unbelievable amount of support during the pandemic and also helped bring a sense of togetherness during this time which I think has been really important and helpful, especially for mental health.
It’s certainly not easy and sadly not everyone has been able to find ways to operate (through no fault of their own), but it has also been very inspiring to see so many people in my industry adapt and continue working through these difficult times. I hope it won’t be too much longer until everyone in all industries can get back to what they love doing.