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FOIVOS: QUARANTINE STORY

by Vjeran

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Greek artist FOIVOS share their Quarantine Story.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi there. I’m doing fine, in general. Obviously with some adaptations here and there but trying to keep a positive attitude and being as patient as I can.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Although my job as a session musician in night clubs stopped, thankfully, I΄ve been working in a television show “The Voice of Greece”, which has contributed to both my artistic and materialistic prosperity, during these times. Also, after the release of my E.P. I was planning on doing some gigs and generally trying to play as much as I could in front of an audience, but that was also postponed.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Other than financial problems that occurred and generally reduced significantly the income of bands, I believe that the bigger issue was not being able to perform live.The connection between the musicians and a live crowd is unique and can’t be replaced by any other form of communication. In a more optimistic view, the pandemic forced many bands to write new songs or even new albums. Even under these circumstances, being able to create music and share it with your fans, will always be appreciated and treasured.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Mostly by social media. Posting as much as I can and want. I fortunately have six “home edition” clips, from my songs, that keep the flame going.What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
After the initial numb and the way that some things may change, I believe that nothing will be different. People will be more ‘’hungry’’ for shows and that will give an extra boost to the bands, to play at their top level, to satisfy the crowd. We all search ways to release our feelings and breath some fresh air. What better way, than going to a Metal concert..

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I don’t like the word suffer. Let’s say ’’ who will be more affected’’ (it’s a word that is being heard frequently these days..) Musicians without any doubt. Being an artist, gives you limited choices of choosing another profession, if something happens. Most times, you make just enough money to provide for yourself. But in the end, we always find a way and continue to do what we love the most, which is music.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
The Division Bell, whole album by Pink Floyd

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Travelling wherever, whenever. It’s my way of fun, education, relaxing and getting away of things to recharge my batteries. That was the thing I’ve missed the most, other than gigs.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Yes, I had a lot of rehearsals due to the T.V. show I work for. Well, we had regular tests and followed all the rules of health advice. Other than the masks that we wore at the beginning and the lack of an audience, everything else was pretty much the same.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
I also want to thank you. Stay safe, protect yourself and your fellow people, be always kind and patient. Thank you..

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