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Game Zero: 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. Game Zero released their second album “W.A.R. – We Are Right” on February 28, through Art Gates Records). Read what Mark Wright, singer and rhythm guitarist,  said for our magazine.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello everyone! Well, we are clearly worried and a little stressed. This situation is difficult to manage emotionally. But we also try to remain optimistic and confident that we will get out soon and that, as a band, as soon as possible we will be able to return to what we like best: play in front of our audience!

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Unfortunately we had to cancel our “Release Party” and several other dates already set around Italy, if I remember correctly eight concerts to be precise. It was a very painful thing for us, our new album “W.A.R.” it had just been released and it was really a great regret not being able to play at its welcome party.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It is no mystery that music and, more generally, live shows are the activities that have been most affected by this pandemic. For many bands that live, or rather survive, thanks to this activity it is truly a disgrace not to be able to play live. We are all trying to come up with alternative ideas to promote our music but it is clearly not easy. I think it’s really important not to let what is happening go in vain. We must all use this moment to evolve, even if the direction is still unclear.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Trying to stay active anyway. Luckily we had prepared a lot of promotional material for our new album: three videoclips for our singles, backstage, interviews and various “playtrough” videos. We are therefore trying to make the best use of all our material to continue to give our fans something interesting from the Game Zero house.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I don’t think that, as a musical genre, Metal will have changed a lot when all this is over. Rather, I believe that many of us, humanly, will feel changed; this certainly. I don’t know how much this aspect will affect the music that will be written ‘after’. I can tell you that, personally, I just want to feel inspired again. This isolation and the anxiety that ensued, negatively impacted my inspiration. But I also know that, from all this, new compositional lymph will flow and the next Game Zero material will be a real bomb.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Probably all those who live around all types of ‘live’ activities. In short, the “workers of the show”. We artists, of course, are very impressed but at least, we can count on that part of the revenue that comes from copyright. Those who live only working for concerts, shows, promotion and such activities, are really in trouble. I am really very close to these people. I hope that, in our own small way, we will soon be able to get them back to work.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
You may not believe it, but in this period of isolation I have not listened to more music than usual. Indeed, there have been many days when I felt the need to listen only to the sound of nature. Fortunately for me, I live in an area of my city far from the historic center and surrounded by greenery. I spent a lot of time just listening to the sound of the wind between the plants or the sound of birds singing. For the rest, my playlist is very varied, I listen to everything and I think that for those who write music it is very important. But, of course, when I hear a nice heavy and powerful riff my ears rejoice!

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Contact with our audience, for sure. Those magical evenings in which, after breaking the walls with our music, we entertain ourselves with our fans while sipping a good whiskey. I miss all this very much.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Unfortunately, we still haven’t had a chance to start rehearsing again, we didn’t think it was 100% safe. We hope to start going to the rehearsal room again starting from September, it is something we miss a lot but clearly we want to do it in complete safety. And then we need to get some rust off us, because as I said before, we will think of something to start the live activity again, you can bet on it! So stay tuned and stay safe! Rock ON!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!


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