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Hand of Kalliach: 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. Scottish Celtic Metal duo Hand of Kalliach, John and Sophie Fraser will share their Quarantine story with us today.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello! We are holding up alright together, but as a married couple that’s hopefully not too unsurprising!

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Well, we only actually formed due to coronavirus, so we’ve not had to cancel any shows yet. But we have lost out on a lot of gigs and time with friends and loved ones, along with everyone else of course.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
For the most part we think it’s been really difficult – bands these days rely so much on selling merch and tickets for shows which has been cut out from under them. If you look at the very thin amounts they are making from streaming royalties, even the more famous bands are suffering.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
As we have only started during coronavirus, we have had to think of non-traditional ways to engage with fans from a standing start – we couldn’t play gigs, so we’ve had to be a lot more focused on social media and the internet to try and reach our audience. It’s been a really interesting journey, and we’re extremely grateful to the fans that have supported us already.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
We’re cautiously optimistic that we’ll see venues reopen largely as before as vaccines are circulated and infection rates fall, and we definitely hope to be a part of what we hope will be a strong resurgence as metalheads dive back into the local scenes.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
They are all suffering heavily, it’s very hard so say individually – we hope though that the industry and scenes will bounce back stronger once restrictions are lifted, and people will be able to make up for lost earnings with some packed venues of immunised people!

What is your isolation soundtrack?
We’ve enjoyed an enormous range of music together over lockdown, it’s actually been quite cathartic sitting down with new music over a drink. But if we had to pick – John’s favourite album is Dreamless by Fallujah, and The Void Alone would seem particularly apt given the circumstances!

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
We’re very social creatures, and do miss the time with friends and family above all else. Time has gone incredibly quickly over the past year and we feel that we’ve missed out a lot on our loved ones’ lives.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Absolutely, but that’s because we’re just in the house together! There is definitely a huge benefit to it being just the two of us from a songwriting perspective, we can move a lot more quickly with ideas – we can have a melody idea over breakfast and have a rough cut recorded by the evening.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks for having us, you too and all the best for Metal Jacket!


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