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Havamal: 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. Björn, lead singer of Swedish Viking Metal act, Havamal, with the blessing of mighty Odin, speaks for Metal Jacket Magazine.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We’re doing just fine! It’s hard with the social isolation and the lack of live music of course, but we spend our time writing new songs and are basically done.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had to cancel three live shows and postpone another show til next year. But due to this, we had the opportunity to perform a live stream for our fans across the globe.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
The direct impact for professional bands is the loss of live shows and henceforth loss of income. The loss for us is first and foremost our contact with the fans and the live experience.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We update our activities more frequently than ever and focuses on the news and progress of the new songs. We also use this time to look for concerts and festivals for when the corona pandemic is finally over, which promises our fans a shitton of band evolution when we emerge from this troublesome time. We’re also have a very positive stance against live shows which We ourselves have tried out, with great success.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
More restraint and careful in the future. I think the world will be a bit more precautions after this happening. But one positive thing I think will appear is the enhanced will to go and see more local live shows and support the underground scene since we’ve experienced what a world without live events looks like.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think this is a general concern for all that makes a living from the music scene. But the musicians that already struggled and had their entire income based on music will suffer the most, I think.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I personally enjoy folk ambiance and the Ori and the Blind Forest soundtrack, but for metal, I’ll always turn to Equilibriums Sagas!

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
The interaction with the fans and the thrill of bowing after a kick-ass show, with the knowledge that good friends and drinks awaits afterwards.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Yes we do. More than before I think. We’re also able to focus and perfect the upcoming album which is basically finished.
Standard as before. Sweden don’t have equal restraints from gatherings like the rest of the world. When we write music, we’re usually in our guitarists Kjelles home and combine good-time-drinking with even more good-time-music-writing! Then we modify it during rehearsal until everyone in the band is satisfied.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Odins blessings upon you, and thank you for given time!
Hail Metal Jacket Magazine! Hail Odins wisdom! Hail Havamal!

 

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