In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Sean Bolster, drummer of Ottawa based Metal/Hard Rock band looking to have fun and make ears bleed, speaks for Metal Jacket Magazine.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We are doing well.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had three shows cancelled and had to postpone a recording session.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
A big part of how bands earn money is in touring so not being able to travel cripples that source of income.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We released two singles this fall and are fortunate that through this time we have been able to grow our fan base. We use social media to engage fans with content that we think they are interested in. For example, short video clips of us rehearsing or putting on contests to win a band shirt.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal was becoming more accepted by the mainstream before this all happened so I think it is going to come back stronger in terms of the numbers of fans increasing. I think more people can relate to the themes presented more than ever and will be eager to vent their pent-up frustrations with some moshing!!!
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think venue owners, production companies, and any other service aspect of the entertainment industry that holds physical assets will suffer the most. If they can’t pay the rent they can’t stay in business.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
So much of what was considered “normal” day to day life, being around people.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
At first, we stopped practicing together but after 2 months the restrictions became less severe so we resumed and thankfully have been able to continue.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!