In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi! These are hard times all over the world and here in Italy we are having many strong lockdowns during these months. So, not only all the live shows are cancelled, but we have many difficulties to meet too. We are trying our best and we are going on with everything we can do meeting and talking online, hoping that these corona outbreak will be stopped soon.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
The first thing we had to cancel due to coronavirus was a show we should have done at the beginning of March 2020 in Genoa (here in Italy). It was the very beginning of the outbreak and we and the club decided at the very last time to cancel it, but surely at that time we couldn’t know we couldn’t have done other live shows for at least one year. Moreover, we recorded our single “Obscure Times” only some weeks before the outbreak and we planned to shoot a videoclip to promote it. Eventually we obviously had to change our plans, but we decided to release the song with a lyric video instead of a proper videoclip.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
As we said, we think that the biggest damage done by the pandemic to the bands is the stop of live shows. Stopping all kind of live shows is surely a wound to the artistic expression of all the bands, but more importantly a big economic loss for all the bands who live with their music. In fact, nowadays the CD selling is not the most important income for the bands, but the live shows are. However, surely also the impossibility of meet and compose or record together is heavily impacting the bands and the artists generally speaking.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
It is really difficult to keep a contact with fans during the pandemic. We are seeing more and more bands on hiatus because simply there is nothing they can do now. But at the beginning of the pandemic, we were lucky to have the recordings of the single “Obscure Times” completed before the lockdown, so we could create a lyric video and release it despite this hard period. We are really happy we were able to release a song during the quarantine, as it helped us feeling near to our fans even if it couldn’t be possible in a physical way as during live shows.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
We must be optimistic. It will not be easy, re-starting everything after more than a year locked will be hard not only for the bands, but also for the music clubs, labels, etc… But we know that metal fans want to finally go back to shows, listen to new music and support bands, so we are sure that in the end and with some patience we will recover and take back everything we couldn’t have during this period.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters …
We think that every category will have different kind of damages, however surely, as we said, the people who are suffering more for this situation are the one who do this as a job, regardless of whether they are musicians, organizers, labels, promoters or other. But this is not about dividing into categories or choosing who is being damaged more or less, in fact only helping each other the metal scene (and the music industry generally speaking) will recover from this.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Even if we have some more spare time during quarantine, the isolation didn’t really change our tastes in music. However, we are also composing new music (even if working at distance), so we are exploring some new genres to have inspiration for the new material.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Beside gigs, we really miss having the possibility to meet all together. Fortunately, we are working well with internet at distance and this prevented us to completely stop, but meeting physically it is really much better.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No, we couldn’t have proper rehearsals during quarantine. Here in Italy, during the strict lockdown periods rehearsals are not considered an exception to leave the house, so it was impossible. But we couldn’t do it also during the less strong lockdown periods because part of our band lives in another region of Italy and it is not allowed to move from a region to another.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!