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MindZoo: Quarantine Story

by Natas Dog

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Croatian band MindZoo shares their interesting thoughts about current situation with us.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi Metal Jacket Magazine! We’re doing great, working from home, getting some sleep and enjoying the time with our families.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had no gigs planned prior to this shitty situation, so we’ve only cancelled our rehearsals, but we’ll soon get back into action, recording songs, jamming and all those fun stuff.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
No gigs! Bands, at least from our perspective, do music because they like to perform in front of people, and this situation took it away from them. Digital solutions ease that feeling a little bit with all the online concerts and stuff, but we all love that loud, sweaty and raw feeling of a gig and a great audience.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Well, we’ve finally managed to finish a couple of our songs and we’ve released the first of them, „Blind Man’s Mirror“, just a couple of weeks ago. We’re proud with the results, since we recorded all instruments DIY, Vedran Kovačić from Chicken Sound Studio did the mix and master, and the visual part for the song, lyric video, was done by our great friend Ivan Ožić-Bebek. People really liked the song and we can’t wait to release the next one.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
This is an unprecedented situation for all of us, but we think that there’ll be a lot of new songs with words „plague“, „virus“ and „pandemic“ in them 😀
But, in the end, we’ll all be glad to see each other again and make music, so we think that it will only drive the music to be even louder than before.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Probably the organizers and promoters. Most of them have put all of their resources to organize festivals and gigs, and now that those are cancelled, that has to be a significant loss.
Bands, on the other hand, will always have their fans, and it wouldn’t be the first time that fans have financially supported a musician in difficult times, and that’s a great thing!

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Vale is revisiting some of his favorite bands like Mad Season, Queensryche and EKV, Marko is chilling with funky and groovy music like TBF. Dado is listening to some Puscifer, while Toni is enjoying the discovery process of new music using Deezer and suggests you check out a band named Grant The Sun from Norway.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
The long jams which are almost always a start to our rehearsal. We now probably have the time to check all of the ideas we’ve recorded within those jams.
But yeah, rehearsals have always been a great place to get away from everything else. Since the normal life is slowly coming back, so are probably all the problems that go with it, so we’ll have to start rehearsing again as soon as possible :D.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Unfortunately no, but we did share some of our home recorded ideas and made some demos for upcoming studio recordings, so we’d like to think that there’s no time wasted

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