In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. British band ELKAPATH share their Quarantine Story.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello Metal Jacket!
The coin always has 2 sides. The negative is likely the same as for everybody else, we had to stay at home during lockdown, music studios were closed so we could not rehearse our music, many venues were not able to open so no live music was taking place. It was a very strange time indeed! but we prefer to keep the positive!
However, on a positive note, it gave us time to properly focus on what we want to do with Elkapath moving forward in time. During the lockdown we managed to release a version of “Creepy Little Dolls”, this has since been re-recorded and has been included on our album, “Black Spiders, being released on 31st October 2021. The lockdown enabled us to write up the material for the album, and because venues were closed we could spend plenty of time on the album making sure that it was just right.
All in all, throughout the pandemic, it has been a very productive year, so we can’t really complain!
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Not many things. Just before the pandemic started in the UK both Chris and Marios joined the band. There were a couple of shows lined up that were cancelled due to the pandemic but generally speaking it didn’t have a massive impact on us in that respect. Instead, we took the opportunity to get creative and focused on our album!
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I don’t think anyone could have predicted how much of an impact the Coronavirus pandemic would have. And not just on bands, but the wider music industry and also the general impact on day-to-day life and activities.
In the UK it seemed to be a fine balancing act between allowing things to try and get back to normal whilst also trying to keep the infection rate down. This led to 2 lockdowns in the UK, and then with a tiered system of returning to normal, we saw many music venues closed for months on end without the ability to open or have bands performing.
To an extent we are very lucky that alongside Elkapath we still have other regular jobs so whilst we couldn’t go out and make money as a band, we still had money to pay the bills!
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
We want to believe that it will be stronger than ever! We have already seen the success of festivals in the UK including Download and Bloodstock. The metal scene is almost like a “brotherhood” and we gather together at these events to share our love of music as both performer and fan. We have missed both attending live shows to watch bands and also performing our music to our fans. It’s a bit like getting knocked over in the mosh pit… you get knocked down, everyone gathers around you to make sure you’re OK, they pick you up, brush of the dust and dirt and off you go again!
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Everyone really! We are fortunate enough to have our day jobs to keep up with the bills but if music would have been our main source of income we would have been in trouble!
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Well, Bloodstock Festival was on this year and we had great fun there, obviously during the pandemic we couldn’t travel and was one of the biggest things that we missed. Not being able to see family and friends really had an impact, not to mention not being able to get out and play our music!
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Not during quarantine or lockdown, no – because entertainment venues were closed and there were limits on who you could be in a room with. However as soon as they announced that live entertainment venues could open, we got straight in the studio as soon as we could!
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you and we hope to speak again soon