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Bofo Kwo: 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.  Ted Egger, Bofo Kwo vocalist, speaks how he and his band used their time during the pandemic. 

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I am doing pretty OK, I can still do most of my music work in my house. I sit and wait for stuff to open here gradually in Haarlem, The Netherlands. I am going a bit crazy thought, this social distancing makes it harder for us space cannibals to consume human flesh.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had shows booked in March and May that all got postponed to later dates no new dates announced. In addition to that I guess my sex life was also cancelled. ☹

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Mainly the fact that there is no way of playing live. The live streams are cool but most bands feed of the audience and that is missing. It has lead to more released material although some unwanted music too. 

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We have a brand new album out June 30th so they are busy checking it out for the next weeks at least. Then we can announce new shows.

The new album can be found on all digital vendors and CD, here is a Spotify link:

https://open.spotify.com/album/3ZpehUUXhphdvNZPGu27KL

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
It depends if there is a second wave, if not, I think most metal shows will be similar to before around spring 2021. However, a lot of smaller bands and venues.

Around the world will have closed.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think Promoters, as some bands don’t play live and a lot of musicians found other things to do with their music. Promoters need a space and allowed to get people in so they lose out directly. For musicians we can still sell music and merch but much less while sitting at home. 

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I normally listen to the Drop Kick Murphy live stream at St Paddys day, I watched it live my first week of lockdown and it stuck until now.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
My Family. I am from Sweden and I can’t see my family until Swedes are allowed into the Netherlands, right now most of EU don’t allow Swedes to travel.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No, we usually practice 1-2 weeks before a show as we all live in different countries we fly in to Amsterdam for pre-production so next rehearsal will be before our postponed shows.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

 

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