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Daily Insanity: Quarantine Story

by Metal Jacket

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Guitarist Gene for Daily Insanity answer on our questions.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
In terms of health, everyone is doing well. Musically it is understandably tough. At least youhave some time for things that are usually left behind. 🙂

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had to cancel the remaining two shows of our ’Conspiracy’ European Tour in April. That’s why we did the virtual gig live from our rehearsal room a few weeks ago. Actually, we had planned another tour through Europe for autumn 2020, which we unfortunately have to postpone to 2021. We are currently working on our next album, which we also had to postpone to 2021. That is what we will be concentrating on over the coming months. We’ve already recorded the key songs for the new album and will be recording a few more as soon as we can, and then hopefully get the album out next year.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands? 
This thing really affects all artists and people involved in the music industry. Everything was stopped overnigh.It is very bitter for amateur bands, and it’s even worse for the professional sector. One can only hope that everything will get going again soon. 

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
During this time, social media are of course more in demand than ever. We recently did a live stream from our rehearsal room and now released a brand new music video.​ We’ve actually got a lot of unreleased video stuff in our archives. For example official live bootlegs and some more funny tour videos. We will release a lot of it in the coming weeks. 

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
That’s a good question. To be honest, you can only speculate. I imagine that if concerts are allowed again, the number of visitors may be a bit low at the beginning.​ Otherwise, I don’t think that metal will change that much.​ I can only quote Jon Schaffer: “Metal is not a passing phase – it`s a way of life”! 

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think organizers and promoters will suffer the most. Especially festivals and smaller venues.

What is your isolation soundtrack?​
We don’t have something like that.  I think it’s nonsense. That would be roughly the same if you were at risk of suicide and listen to the same song over and over again that just pulls you further down.​ We listen to everything at the moment, like always.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
The interaction with each other, without having to be constantly careful whether you have enough distance or wear a face mask. And of course, regular rehearsals with the band.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
During the past months, of course, everyone worked and rehearsed for themselves at home.​ But at the moment we’re rehearsing in our rehearsal room as usual, with the necessary distance of course. 🙂

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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