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Fathom Farewell: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner

Fathom Farewell brings music to the next level with a variety of influence from a Perfect Circle, Breaking Benjamin to As I Lay Dying and Dream Theater. Today they share their Quarantine Story with us.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I’m doing good!  Wasn’t so great in the beginning trying to navigate the whole new world and initial loss of everything having to do with live music, but we are doing good!

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Countless shows, whether solo or full band.  Booking was a large part of my life personally prior to the pandemic and I really had gotten to a point where solo gigs were paying the bills, Fathom was paying for itself.  It was excellent.  We’re definitely building back to that point but just in April 2020 between Fathom and solo gigs, I had 22 dates wipe off the map in an instant.  We had a 10-day tour to Detroit and back booked for May 2020 and of course, that was one of the first things to go.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
The pandemic, as we all are fully aware, at first completely floored everything live.  So we all needed to essentially adapt and figure out every single way to capitalize through working online.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We just continue making music and sharing whatever we can behind the scenes.  Thankfully we already had an EP essentially recorded prior to the pandemic we were able to spend time marketing and planning the release of while being able to tease that we had new music plans.  We also did some full band covers and collaborations and I did a whole bunch of vocal covers as well.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Who knows!  But it seems bands are able to tour currently, just everyones’ trying to figure out the safest way for everyone involved.  It is cool to see that regardless of whatever plans bands have, they do seem to first take into account the safety of the fans and their crew.  They must lead by example because it’s not like the tours going down without the artist!  So whatever they decide to enforce is also a policy they themselves are subject to no matter what, every date of the tour.  So I’d say to fans, be understanding of whatever artists are requiring and remember that behind the scenes they are also adhering to these standards.  To anyone in disagreement with specific safety measures, I would say just peacefully and respectfully wait until the next time they come through because at that point everyone will likely have a better handle on it.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Well yes but seems most of us are getting back at it however we can.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
A countless plethora of music mixed with Joe Rogan podcast.  Music highlights including A Perfect Circle, Sevendust, Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Maroon 5 (strictly songs about jane), Wu Tang Clan, Nas, Dr Dre, that new Evanescence album was amazing, the new Halsey album she did with Trent Reznor is also spectacular.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Going places without anxiety.  Was already difficult to accomplish before the quarantine.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Yes, we did.  Very carefully.  Not having contact, did masks for the first few months when we weren’t in our respective areas.  Always was nerve-racking regardless before we knew more but after 4 months (how long we waited to practice), we noticed other people doing things that were far less safe than us getting together to practice so we figured let’s see how it goes. We were able to stay covid free throughout the whole pandemic thankfully.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!


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