Interview with Jeffrey Watts, December 10, 2020

Project: Gig Economy Workers in the Era of COVID-19 Oral History Project

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Musician, sound engineer, and union backline worker Jeff Watts discusses at length his adventures with unemployment when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down every job he had with his bands, and his work with Lexington Parks and Recreation and the Lexington Center, which includes Rupp Arena, The Downtown Arts Center, and the Lexington Opera House. He talks about the process of losing work, watching everything shut down one gig at a time, and how he stays inspired even as the lockdown continues. He also talks about the few sound jobs that have trickled in despite the lockdown, such as the University of Kentucky men's basketball games at Rupp Arena, and what his business might look like as the world comes back online.

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2020oh0683_gig0010

Interviewee Name

Jeffrey Watts

Interviewer Name

Kopana Terry

Interview Date

2020-12-10

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Watts, Jeffrey Interview by Kopana Terry. 10 Dec. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Watts, J. (2020, December 10). Interview by K. Terry. Gig Economy Workers in the Era of COVID-19 Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Watts, Jeffrey, interview by Kopana Terry. December 10, 2020, Gig Economy Workers in the Era of COVID-19 Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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