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Eaten by Sharks: 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. Chris Chaperon Lead guitarist shares his Corona experience with us today.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?

[Chris] It has been rough, as we were gearing up to get things rolling in 2020, we have had to postpone numerous projects and have not been able to play live. It was a big bummer when we had to lock things down, we picked up all our gear from the rehearsal studio and hunkered down. The very reason we play in a band is to get together to write the music we love, now even that was taken away.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?

[Chris] Other than having to postpone playing live, we had big plans to get in the studio and release a new album. Everything was ready to go in April of 2020. Due to the lockdowns, we had to re-book a few times; we were worried we would not be able to get out to record with Christain Donaldson. Luckily, we were able to get it all tracked by the end of 2021 and now are looking forward to releasing it in 2022.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?

[Chris] I think it has done a few things, both negative and positive. First off, it prevented bands’ ability to generate funds to support themselves through playing live shows. It also caused some great venues to close their doors. Now with things opening up, it’s created a bottleneck of bands trying to book dates in the remaining venues. I think it has also forced bands to reinvent what they do, embracing the online aspect of music marketing etc. I know it did for us as we were not very good on social media; we have definitely improved in that area.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?

[Chris] We basically did everything we could outside of playing live shows. We were able to place more focus on recording our songs, we had lyric videos made, had new photos taken, and shot a music video and two high-quality play-throughs. We started using social media a lot more than we did in the past, and we built a plan to release a few singles followed by the album. This release plan generated more views and streams than we had ever received in the past. I think we came out of the pandemic bigger and better even though we lost two full years of live performance opportunities.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?

[Chris] I think it’s going to explode. Some of the music that has been released recently, by local and larger metal bands, has been unreal. There are 3 huge metal shows coming through our town in the same week and you can bet I’m going to all of them.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…

[Chris] It’s hard to say. I feel like more venues had to close down than anything else as they had no income coming through their doors. Some of the bands were able to keep the lights on through government grants and their part-time jobs. Still, it sucked for everyone.

What is your isolation soundtrack?

[Chris] I listened to a lot of Sleep token, Kublai Khan, and Blood Incantation. Some of that heavy emotional stuff with a message gets me staring into the sky and thinking of better times and hopeful for good times to come.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?

[Chris] I miss my local venue. I feel like it’s a place I go to support my friends’ bands, put shows on and also play with my own band. I miss the friendly faces and like-minded individuals making life a little less shitty than the usual grind.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?

[Chris] We were doing lots of virtual meetings, hanging out over video, and having a few beers and laughs. We finally just started jamming again in person; it’s great to finally be together playing the music we love.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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