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Hexenklad: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner
Hexenklad have recently released official music video for the title track off their album Heathenheart”, that is released today, on  July 23rd on CDN Records. It is the right time to read what Timothy Voldemars Johnston has to say in our Corona Corner.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreakAs a band, we have persevered. We created goals and we worked hard towards them each day, whether as a group or on our own (depending on whether we were in lockdown or not).  We kept in constant contact, and we made keeping things moving forward a priority. When one path ended, we found another and so on and so forth. Honestly, it has been a very difficult 15 months for everyone, but it does not help to dwell on the negative while the negative is still happening. There will be time to look back and mourn our losses and lost time later.  Our focus now is on the future. 

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
The only thing we had to cancel was our show in the Spring of last year, as the lockdowns basically started a couple of weeks before we were supposed to play. After that, there were no shows to cancel as there were no shows anymore. We got to play one more in October when things opened up a bit, but then everything went back into lockdown again and has basically been ever since.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
There is a multitude of ways the pandemic has affected bands.  I can’t go into all of them, as I’d be here forever, but I think one of the biggest problems this pandemic has created for Metal bands in particular (other than the possible health problems of course), is actually how difficult it is for many to stay motivated when not practicing for something. A lot of Metal bands are touring bands, or at least live-playing bands. Without shows or tours, some bands are just quitting, splintering, or fading away. This is sad, but I get it. I am not knocking them.  It’s hard to keep motivated. Even with things like live streams, it’s difficult. And for places like Canada where we have been in and out of lockdown for over a year now, it’s very challenging.  I am lucky, as I enjoy practicing for the sake of practicing and the creation of music is one of the greatest joys in my life so, I just wait for things to go back to some semblance of normalcy so we can get back to playing shows.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Many of our fans are international so, they do not normally have a chance to see us, so, this hasn’t changed. We are still on social media all the time putting up our music, pictures and ideas and keeping our fans up to date on what we are up to. People can check us out on our Official Facebook page, our Instagram, and on Youtube.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
The shows will be more intense, with musicians channeling all they’ve endured through their music, and fans will have a new appreciation for how great live music is.  I think there are going to be some amazing shows in the not-too-distant future.      

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
It is not up to me to assign victim status to a group. Everyone suffers differently and at differing degrees. No one group more than another. We will all rise again when this is all over.  The promoters will start booking shows again and making back the money they have lost, the musicians will return to the stages where they belong, the stagehands, lighting people, sound guys, security guards, bartenders, venue owners, all will rise again and begin to recoup what they have lost. 

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Elderwind’s The Magic of Nature.  I can listen to that over and over.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss the people who I only see at shows. The Old guard. Those who’ve been around as long as me and still keep coming out. I miss seeing their faces. I’ve been going to shows for over 20 years now and it’s the people as much as the music that I go to see now.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
When the law allowed, we rehearsed as a group. When the law didn’t, then we rehearsed on our own. It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve made it work. We could play a show tomorrow if called to do so.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us.  It is appreciated.  May you see every day as an opportunity, and may your actions become a symbol for all future generations.  I raise a horn to you. Hail!

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