I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Tony Galloway to learn five random facts about himself, and who is someone he'd love to be mentored by. Check out my interview with Tony below:
Loryn: What have you learned about yourself during this global pandemic?
Tony: The global pandemic was initially a huge challenge for me. Most of what I was doing was dependent on events and large gatherings of people. Heading into 2020 my game plan was coming together in booking a full schedule of tours and events. The global pandemic forced me to regroup, figure out a new plan, and evaluate how to move forward. One of the biggest things that I learned during the pandemic was to actually prioritize my family and make sure that my view of success was not independent of them but was actually inclusive of them.
Loryn: How has virtual DJing been for you since the pandemic?
Tony: I have DJ’d various events during the pandemic, but I knew from the beginning that my pivot was not going to be in virtual DJing. It has been doing during events from the comfort of my home and I have loved watching the success of some of my friends in virtual DJing but for me I wanted to see what else I could work on during the pandemic.
Loryn: Is there any type of music you won't play?
Tony: I actually love playing all types of music and figuring out how to bring a wide flavor of music to a set. As far as the music that I play, one of the things that I try to do is pay attention to what songs are actually saying. So, I might not play songs that other DJs would play, or I might figure out a way to use parts of that song and mix it with other songs or lyrics. Sometimes this makes my DJ set harder than just using a song that I know would pop off, but I enjoy the challenge.
Loryn: If you could be mentored by anyone, who would it be?
Tony: I think I would choose someone like Clive Davis. The stories that he has are probably endless and there is so much to learn about the music industry.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Tony: I think a lot of people would be surprised that I have 15+ years experience in the software industry. For most of my DJ career, I also had a full-time job in technology. It has been both terrifying and refreshing moving away from that and fully setting sail in the music industry.