In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Srđan Branković, guitarist of Serbian Heavy Metal band AlogiA, speaks of his challenges during corona outbreak.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I actually felt pretty nice. I spent a lot of time in the garden, with my pregnant wife.
So, it seemed to be a very special period in my life. We tried to get the best out of this situation, so we did our best to enjoy the spring. We were also watching the serials, movies, played and recorded some music…
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
I postponed a lot of studio works. I was supposed to record and produce some bands, but we decided to postpone it. We were also discussing with our able to possibly postpone the album realization, but we decided to put it out.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Many bands had to postpone or cancel gigs, big festivals were cancelled, a lot of plans were postponed to 2021. I also had some summer-festival-dates scheduled with my band, but I still don’t know for sure what will happen and what will not happen. Nobody knows…
It also appeared that we had our album out in the middle of pandemic in Japan, which made a complication, because also in Japan everything stopped – music shops are closed, so the label decided to print another gift bonus CD with 2 bonus songs, for everyone who purchase the CD via internet.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Friends, music lovers and fans are kept via internet mostly. And it is not the case only during pandemic. For many years back, it’s the best way to reach the people who like your music, I would say… if you are just the mortal, and not MTV/VH1 star. When speaking about AlogiA, our management from Italy was so helpful – as always, huge thanks go to Paola Ceci.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I don’t think it will affect a lot the “look of metal scene”. Some other things are affecting it much more. For example, plug/in production made the presence of million bands that sound the same. All guitar-sounds, drum-sounds.. all the same. Like the same people are playing in million bands. So, there is a big “loss of identity” problem in the scene, I would say… Also “auto-tune” era brought the opportunity for guys who are not singers at all, to sound ok. I think that’s a problem. Maybe it was much more exciting back in times when you could easily, after a couple of seconds recognize the styles of Nicko McBrain, Dave Lombardo, Lars Urlich, Gene Hoglan, Mike Portnoy, Mark Zondar, Pete Commando, Uli Kush… the same is with guitar players and bassists… I remember the times when I was listening to the new albums and new bands with my friends and we would be commenting like : ,,Wow, that band has a good drummer!” That was the real thing. And nowadays, everything sounds like one drummer playing for all bands and you cannot always be sure about what is the real thing and what is the computer-game-playing. It became pretty boring. And that’s the reason why the most of labels, when signing the bands also pay attention on the question about does the band really exist, or is it just a guy sitting in the room, programming all instruments?
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I don’t know. Definitely the most of the bands who cancelled the tours and musicians who live from playing live. Maybe promoters? Especially the guys who organize festivals… But, I am not sure about this, I think it will be crystallized after some time…
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Maybe “Wuthering Heights” will remind me of this period, Angra version.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Only the gigs, I guess… I will also miss some money that I lost during the period.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We didn’t do it with the band. But I had some studio sessions with my wife and our drummer, Marko. We did some “trio” rehearsals and studio recordings. As I said, the most of the times I spent with my wife and we also had some acoustic rehearsals – guitar/piano/vocals…
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!