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Formosa: Quarantine Story

by Mislav Mihaljević

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. In front of German Hard Rock band Formosa, their drummer Paris Jay speaks about his days spent in isolation.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hey! We are doing all fine so far. Everyone is healthy, so we try to keep our optimism und love for Rock’n’Roll.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We have been on tour with Audrey Honre through Germany when the shutdown happend in Germany. That was a really strange end of a tour. So the tour with Audrey Horne is obviously postponed. Besides that all our festival appearances and shows untill August have been either canceled or postponed. We the our tour in march it was really heartbreaking. The tour was canceled on the same day as our album “Danger Zone”was released.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It affects all the bands around the world. The one thing we all love (playing live) is not possible. Being in a band nowadays is, at least for us, all about playing concerts. The energy of the concerts with all the people who love music is really the key. We were always a band which played tons of shows. I think our maximum was around 80 Shows in 2017. So we really fucking miss playing concerts 😀

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Our fans have been amazing! Actually we have a lot of personal contacts with them. As well we started a weekly live talk on every Wednesday. During that one hour, we tell funny tour stories and basicaly answer all questions.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Well who knows. I think there will be a lot of „Corona Albums“ as I call them. Since every band is writing new music now. There will be a big wave of new music and all the bands will be desperate to play live.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Taff question. Personally I wouldn’t draw any lines. I think we are all in this together. So I prefer to see it that the whole music business is suffering. Actually I am constantly in contact with, promoters, organizers, booking agents, our label and everyone else. Always hearing and checking out who everyone is doing. And luckily the whole vibe is more positive like „how can we all do this“. Just this morning an organizer called me, small talking with me and buying merch since he wanted to support us, because he had to cancel our show.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Ironically „Pandemic of Accept“. No actually it is changing. I recently found the band DANGER ZONE by accident, because they have the same name like our latest album, but now I am really into them.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Well other people! To go to a bar with my friends to hang out. Yeah it is simply personal contact.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We haven’t practissed together yet. Right now we are all songwriting and working on our own musical skills. Personally I am training to play the drums open-handed and to do cool sticktricks.

Thank you so much for your time, Paris. Stay safe!

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