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Bloodbound: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. In the name of metal, Bloodbound’s lead vocalist, Patrik J Selleby, speaks for our magazine.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Crazy times indeed. But we are all okay and are not very affected by the virus personally.
Here in Sweden a lot is going on as usual. The world criticize our government a lot about this, but if we are right or not only time can tell. But I don’t think the death rate is higher here than anywhere else anyway.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Luckily for us we didn’t have any tours planned this year. We had already planned to write and record a new album, which we are working on as we speak.
We had some festivals booked this summer and they all got cancelled, which sucks.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I really feel sorry for all musicians who do this as a full time job. And not to forget everyone who is working around touring bands as a full time job.
Because they will have no (or at least a lot less) income for a while. Since albums doesn’t sell as much anymore and the payment from streams and so on are not as high as from physical albums, the best way to earn money is to be out playing.
We all (in our band) have income from other jobs, so we are pretty safe… For now.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We are pretty bad at updating our social medias, haha… We can do a lot better there.
But as I said, we put a lot of our focus on the new album. So I hope our fans won’t forget us and will enjoy the new album when it comes out.
We also released a new single called “Bloodheads United” a few weeks back, which is a between albums song, that we wrote as a tribute to our fans around the world. Just to say thank you for sticking with us during the years.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I want to say that everything will go back to normal. But I’m afraid it will take more time then anyone thinks to re-emerge from this. And when it’s over there will be A LOT of bands who want to go out playing again and release new albums. So the scene will be flooded. Even if people will be hungry for metal concerts there will be to many too choose from and since a lot of people are loosing there jobs because of this, the result will be less people on every show I think.
A lot of the smaller festivals will go bankrupt and it will be harder for smaller bands to “compete” with the bigger bands.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Everyone in the business are suffering from this. But how much of a setback it will be depends on how everything else around you look like I guess. If you have other incomes and so on…

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Right now I’m so focused on writing our own music that I don’t have time to listen to others, haha… But listening to Avantasia always makes me happy and kind of hopeful, so probably something with them.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I live far away from the other band members so I miss them all. We always have the best times when we’re out playing. And of course I also miss the fans!

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No we haven’t rehearsed. But we never really rehearse at all, since the distance between the members are pretty big.
But we have a lot of contact on phone, mails and sending ideas back and forth to put this new album together.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you and stay safe!

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