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Frust: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Mario Steiner, man behind the one man band/project Frust shares his Austrian Quarantine Story with us.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi, and thank you for being part of your Corona Corner.
I am doing fine since the corona outbreak. I i am able to do my main job from my home office, i released my second full-length album “The Advent of Adhara” during this time, and already started working on new songs, plus i started doing sport like almost every day, so I am in the best condition I may have been in my whole life.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
I am not doing any live-gigs, so corona isn’t a real disadvantage for my work with Frust. But when it comes to private plans, I have cancelled trips, and visiting friends in other cities and stuff like that. I am not the guy that travels much, so i was good with the lockdown (that already ended in Austria a few weeks ago).

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
As I have released the Album on the 20th of May, it wasn’t recognized much, because all the other bands and magazines and Facebook-pages tried to put out a lot of content, and the algorithm didn’t mean it well for me. For bands playing live it is even a bigger disaster. I’ve seen many bands trying to bring on new merchandise during this time, and well, this could be a good opportunity.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?

I did some Watch-Parties on Facebook being live on chat, and some live-stuff on YouTube. Posting some more private pictures, but like I’ve said, it was really hard to get a acceptable reach on Facebook, because literally everyone was putting out so much content in the last months, everyone was trying to do the same, stay in contact with the fans/followers. In the end the release of the album was a disaster, and i am regretting it doing it while corona.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think the most of people are hungry for gigs, this may help bands a lot. And it will be topic on a lot of coming albums for sure.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
All of them, a lot of people will also not have the money to spend as much as they were used to on albums, concerts, merchandise. I’ve felt that very much during the last two months. Even my 30% discount sale doesn’t affect much.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I was listening a lot to Sepultura’s new album “Quadra” and to Paradise Lost’s new album “Obsidian” mostly while running or biking. And at home mostly singer/songwriters “Joseph Arthur’s” albums, which I own them all. His songs are doing very much healing and are giving me hope sometimes when I really need it.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I am missing my friends living in other cities, and meeting people in general. Well, here in Austria life has turned back to normal for a few weeks, now the second wave of corona isnt far, things are turning worse again, and you really can feel the fear everywhere. People are getting back to be more distant and careful. Which isn’t the worst thing, because that fucking shit is returning because people were behaving like covid has gone within a blink of an eye.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Yeah because i am a one man band i was able to do everything like I’ve used to do within my own walls. I am already working on two EP’s that will be very different from each other, like a black and a white one, separating the gray mix of different genres I am normally doing. But it is too soon to talk about it, except that they will be available for free.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks to for having me!

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