In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Greek band DOPE DEFAULT shares his Corona experience with us today.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hopefully all of us stayed safe, that’s the most important thing! Other than that, we focused on writing material, since we couldn’t get together in person. Rehearsals have been pretty rare during lockdowns. Thank God the whole thing seems to be fading away slowly.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had to cut short our supporting tour for our previous album, ’Imprisoned’, that came out in late 2019. Unfortunately the pandemic hit in the middle of us promoting it.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Bands and musicians in general are being hit hard during the pandemic. It’s not just that live shows can’t take place because of social distancing, it’s also the fact that governments need to show that they are doing something. And since most of them don’t actually want to improve their countries’ health systems, or don’t really care about the health care part of the pandemic, they usually turn towards the most easy targets. And these are, unfortunately, artists.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
The hopeful thing during this time is that the music scene kept together. Fans worldwide supported us, and most bands, by buying merch and donating. This showed that bands and fans alike have only each other, and we have to stick together through hard times.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
We don’t think that the pandemic will leave a mark, really. It’s a thing that we’ll remember as a very boring time, at best. Metal will look exactly the same after the pandemic, maybe just a little bit angrier.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
We don’t think it depends on the profession, rather than the social and economic status of the individual. Less wealthy individuals will suffer the most, and they might never recover ever again.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
We stuck to the classics! Metallica, Sabbath, Black Label Society. Some Ghost, too.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
It’s the fact that you have to put all your plans and hopes on pause. You can’t really plan for anything, you can’t really work on anything and you can’t really hope for anything. You just wait and wait until the whole thing’s over!
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No, we had to follow the strict isolation guithat the Greek government had imposed. They were so strict, in fact, that the police would actually beat you up, for your own safety, according to them. So no, no rehearsals during quarantine. Just writing stuff and getting ready to rehearse, record and produce our new album, ’Division’!
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!