In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. It is the perfect time for Ricky DC, Blue Hour Ghosts vocalist, to talk about his quarantine experience, new album “Due”, and much more…
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We are all fine and safe. Lockdowns gave us plenty of time to plan in detail and do things for “DUE” however we miss practicing and live acts.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We postponed our recording sessions at Dysfunction studio back in spring 2020, and the final agreement we found with Rockshots Records: we sorted all these things out during the Summer. We had anyways to cancel our planned release party and different live activities connected to Due’s release.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It’s testing hard all bands who have now to do their best to manage their resources, look deep inside their true nature and discover how strong the house they’ve built is, facing the storm outside. No live-action, changing strategies in terms of release promotion, different features becoming useless and the need to find new ones requires a strong faith in what you do and think it’s right. Watching venues close for good, tours being canceled, releases postponed could discourage many. Things are changing and bands are too.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We have a social media plan agreed with guys at Rockshots Records, bringing out singles, trivia, and more. The fact “Due” is being released in this period gives us way more material to share and engage people on our socials, while waiting to go bring back our music live around. We are also kind of rebuilding part of the fan base, seen the line up changes and this is also a positive factor, involving more people getting to know us now.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
It’s an interesting question, given the fact that metal has always been a kind of music you sweat for and enjoy live, but it is also a die-hard community that has survived the tides of time so it will depend on those who will keep on giving it a chance. Metal always sang the hard times so it will have lots to tell to those enraged and in search of a proper sound to process their pandemic aftermath.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Venues and clubs are the most damaged ones probably, given the costs they always took charge of.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Personally, I explored different artists whose careers and discographies I never looked too much into. In Italy, we had alert-colors areas depending on the virus spreading risk and I made a tracklist for every color I think. I took a long time listening to Manson’s discography in the last weeks: “We are Chaos” is a brilliant album.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Sitting at the bar, having a beer or two, attending shows, not caring about curfews.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Not really. We simply made our rehearsals room over: a complete rearrangement floor to floor so we can have an inspiring creative environment whenever we’ll be ready
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!