In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. After several line-up changes in September 2019, the first Arcadia album “Hands of Time” was released via Sheratan Records. Simone Martinelli shares his experience with us straight from the Italy.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello, here in Italy the quarantine has been over for a few months now, our days during the toughest period have been quite difficult because we couldn’t see each other, but we have continued to study and work hard regardless of what was going on
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We were forced to cancel some shows in places where we had never played yet.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Obviously about the fact that shows can’t be done because of overcrowding. if the main source of income was the one on live shows then that band will not earn anything for a long time yet.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Each of us is committed to making a collaborative video to entertain our audience.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Simone: I think it will be the same as before for fans. when you need metal, metal is always there.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
If I have to tell the truth I hope nobody. obviously the people in the entertainment world are certainly the most affected in terms of economic shortage in this period.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I don’t have one in particular, but if I really have to choose I say “Paper Sun” by Def Leppard.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I really miss the rehearsal all together, writing music and being in company with the band members.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Unfortunately no, the rehearsal rooms were closed until a month ago, and we have not yet had the opportunity to start the rehearsal again.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!