In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Aaron Robinson, guitarist of Melodic Death Metal band, Blood of Angels, shares with us his Quarantine Story.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
It has had its ups and downs. On the positive side, we have been able to find the time to take care of a lot of behind the scenes business. We have gained some endorsements, started working with merch partners, and put the final touches on our upcoming album “Failure of Faith.”
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We have had 5 US tours cancelled this year.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Mostly cancelled shows but playing live for a band is more than just getting on stage. Touring is the best form of promotion for a band. After a show, a band can not only sell merchandise. There is usually a bump in that market for streaming, physical music sales, online merchandise sale, etc.… Not being on stage has a lot of effects.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We are staying in touch with everyone through social media and sending out newsletters updating everyone on our mailing list with transparency.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I feel the scene will be stronger than it has been in 20 years. Usually when we come out of a crisis, aggressive music is what people turn to, to vent their frustrations.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Everyone has suffered economically. The music industry as whole has come to a complete standstill outside of online promotion.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I love Type O Negative “World Coming Down” album. It is an awesome album the embodies our situation.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Just connecting with people without restriction.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We are currently having regular rehearsals. We are all staying safe.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!