Hobbies to pick up while self-isolating, stepping up your cooking game and connecting better through writing.
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TUESDAY 31 MAR 2020 | EDITION 60
Did you know that Shakespeare lived through a plague pandemic, and wrote some of his best-known plays while self-isolating? Between 1603 and 1613, Shakespeare’s Globe and many other London theatres had to close their doors for more than half of their scheduled opening hours. According to theatre historians, the famous bard used his time away from the stage to write new work, including King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. All in a day’s work, lockdown friends.
THING OF THE WEEK
FOUR LEVELS BY EPICURIOUS

FOUR LEVELS BY EPICURIOUS

Suitable for all levels of cooking ability

Just like all of you, our team has been eating in a lot more lately. We’re already missing our delicious Living Kitchen Lunches and Dinners, but we’ve also been enjoying the chance to cook more at home. The Four Levels show on YouTube features people making the same dish at the amateur, home cook, and expert level, followed by an analysis of their techniques by a food scientist. If you’re hoping to up your game, or just need some inspiration, these foodies have you covered.

YOUR WEEKLY PRESCRIPTION
HOW WRITING HELPS PEOPLE CONNECT

HOW WRITING HELPS PEOPLE CONNECT

3-minute read | Grammarly

The way we connect and communicate is changing fast in these challenging times, but just because everyone from the kids through to grandma is now an avid Zoom user doesn’t mean we should forget about the written word. This article argues that writing can bring us closer together, and offers some tips on taking advantage — both personally and professionally.

EXPERTS’ TIPS ON SURVIVING - EVEN ENJOYING - LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN

EXPERTS’ TIPS ON SURVIVING - EVEN ENJOYING - LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN

11-minute read | The Guardian

Need some inspiration for making the best of your time in self-isolation? A panel of lifestyle experts in hobbies like arts and crafts, gardening, artisan produce, and more have come together to create this guide to occupying your time at home. From online cocktail parties to mastering the art of pickling, the creative options for socializing and making are truly endless.

MEET THE COMMUNITY
Each week, we profile a Zoku community member - hit reply if you'd like to be featured!
Rufus van Baardwijk
Rufus van Baardwijk is a Composer, Musician and Sound Engineer. Rufus is also the owner of a Studio in Amsterdam where he works on a myriad of projects related to sound and music, for example a fairly new project where he made soothing music to relax, meditate or study to, called Medistate. Rufus has become a member of the Zoku community mainly through helping and playing at the After Work Music Sessions at Zoku on Fridays - you may recognise him if you've been!
What path has your career taken?
While studying Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, I kept getting more and more music related work, which led me to decide to give starting my own company a shot. Now I have a small music studio in the west of Amsterdam (which is located in an old dentistry academy), which I took over from a film score composer two and a half years ago. I do all kinds of projects there; scoring films or commercials, sound design, recording bands and mixing and mastering. Working on projects for others is nice because you have to put yourself in service of the project or person you're recording for/with. I have to bring the best out of someone, or someone's film/commercial etc., which also gets me out of my comfort zone. Having this variety of projects makes it so that I still keep learning a lot every day.

What is your vision with your studio and what are the next steps for you?
Three years ago I was still working in hospitality on the side to provide for myself, and slowly I've been able to make my studio work into a living. I can stay at the location where I am right now until 2024. So for now I would like to keep growing and learning, and hopefully by the time I have to leave this place, be able to build a bigger and more badass studio somewhere in Amsterdam! Also there's some personal projects that have been brewing that I want to start releasing this year and the coming year...

What is your relationship with Zoku Amsterdam, and what are your thoughts?
A friend of mine, Dean Medina, takes care of most live music events at Zoku Amsterdam. He regularly asks me to help out with sound and setting up the bands and I've also played at Zoku quite often. By now I know lots of the staff members and I love the friendly atmosphere and great look (and view!) Zoku has, it's a really unique place that you would never guess would be there looking at the outside facade.

What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
I was insecure about working in the creative industry. With so much talent around, what could I add to it? I would try to give myself some more confidence.

What’s your current/newly discovered go-to product, service or app you would recommend to others?
Screen Time haha, I think we all need it..

How do you manage to keep up your mental health/wellbeing while working from home during these times?
I'm actually not experiencing any wellbeing or mental health problems (yet) hahaha. I'm pretty used to having to lock myself into the studio for many days in a row when working on something to really immerse myself in that particular project. So it feels as though I've been training for something like this all these years haha. Even though I lost quite some work regarding live shows, I try to use the extra time as an opportunity to revisit projects that I've left on the shelf until now.

Which book/product have you gifted the most?
As a joke I always gift people nose flutes, a great way to unleash your musical abilities! :P


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