In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Thrash metallers Damaged are delivering us special Corona report from Guayama, Puerto Rico spoken through the words of guitarist and lead vocalist Jose O. Torres.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We are doing very good so far, practicing social distancing and stuff like that. Taking advantage of this time to make new music and work in the pre-production of our next album. Basically we are dealing the best way we can with this virus that has affected the whole world and has changed so many peoples lives.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
So far we canceled all the shows that we had scheduled here in Puerto Rico for 2020, including a few shows that we had scheduled in the United States. We also had to canceled the making of our first official video until further noticed.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Here in Puerto Rico the Coronavirus had directly affected immensely all of the bands of our local Metal Scene. All the local venues are closed and every Metal Festivals had also been canceled. Lots of the bands had scheduled record releases and they had to postponed that until further noticed as well. But the worst part is the isolation and not be able to shared stages with the rest of the bands and hang out with our friends and fans.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Well we are heavily relaying on our Social Media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and YouTube), we post news regularly and keep our fans inform of any changes and future plans.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I believe and I have faith that the Metal Scene as a whole would come back stronger than ever and that there will be so many amazing festivals and small venue concerts. Not to mentioned that a lot bands would finally be able to release their new albums.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I’m sure everybody in the business are suffering a great deal, bands, musicians, promoters, organizers and venue owners. Everybody had been affected one way or another due to the Coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Well I been listening lately a lot to Slayer, Vio-Lence, Sepultura and Metallica, especially the “And Justice For All” album, basically looking for some inspiration to write new music.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Well we definitely missed playing live, but what we missed the most is hanging out with our fans, families and friends. We can’t wait for this virus to go away, so we can back on stage and do what we love and do best.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Yes, like I said earlier we are working on new material doing rehearsals. We try to get together at least once a week for rehearsals and since we aren’t able to play live, our plans are to do a virtual show in the near future, so stay tuned for that.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks again for the opportunity!