In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Christian Beaupre, Eclipser guitar player speaks his Quarantine Story.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Well the first couple of months was pretty bad because of all the restrictions. We live in the Ottawa region, so half the band is in Québec and the other in Ontario. We weren’t allowed to cross the border.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We were lucky in the sense that the weekend right before the lockdown, we had just finished tracking drums. So we didn’t have to cancel much. The plan was to track drums, then start recording dry guitar and bass tracks at my house for re-amping. We ended up doing mostly that. After a couple of video calls with Ryan, we got him setup for tracking at home and when the border reopened, we were able to do vocal sessions.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Online presence is key. When the lockdown happened, everybody and their dog started a podcast. So much is done online now, but I know that once things open up again, people will be eager to go out and see some live music again.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Well, we didn’t lose any, as far as I know. The band was pretty much in a rebuilding phase anyways. We lost our vocalist before the pandemic so this record was going to be a sort of rebirth.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Not that much different, probably more songs about viruses. Even in May last year, some bands jumped on the pandemic bandwagon and tried to capitalize early on covid themed albums.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Right now it’s the venues. A lot of smaller places have reverted to mostly being bars and restaurants. I imagine there are a lot of places that solely relied on live performances for revenue have shut down. On the other hand, I’m hoping that he quality of shows will go up, because the amount of available slots have gone down.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I started with revisiting old classics like Carcass, Napalm Death, and even Metallica. Lately, I’ve been binging on the Batushkas.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Lugging guitar cabinets and drums up 2 to 3 flights of narrow poorly lit stairs.
How I miss thee!
Pub food. Fish and chips with a couple of stouts. I miss that the most.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!