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Holy Moses: 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. Holy Moses is the one of the first German Thrash Metal bands. Guitarist Peter Geltat reveals how do they cope in this situation separated by hundreds of miles.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi, we’re alright. Of course it affected us, no live shows, we each had financial losses, couldn’t travel, couldn’t meet friends and family, but we are all healthy. We live hundreds of kilometres apart, but we regularly meet on Skype and exchange song ideas.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had a few concerts in and festivals postponed. For example concerts in Russia and some nice festivals in Germany.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Most of the concerts were canceled, flights are canceled, you can’t or shouldn’t travel to other countries. There are very few possibilities to make money for bands. Streaming doesn’t bring money to smaller artists and even the big one don’t get much. There are only very little CD sales, so playing live is the only way to sell merch and make some money. A lot of bands are doing free concert streams, which is nice for the fans, yet not nice for bands that need make income to survive. On the other hand – some bands are using the time to write music… As do we.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We are in contact with our fans on social media, made a Skype video of us playing a song (“Panic”) and we might make more.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal will survive no question about that!
We think it’ll be different with concerts having to have social distancing and masks. It’ll be weird not to have mosh pits and stage diving. But as much as it sucks, we have to be careful and not endanger ourselves and our co-metalheads. We have to express our brother- and sisterhood differently… At least for a while. Meet and greets will portable have to have masks, maybe gloves and social distancing. But we can still connect and share music and good times!

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Hard to say, some musicians can at least teach to get by, but it’s also not that easy to quickly get enough students to make up for the cancelled gigs. For live front of house mixers it’s hard, there aren’t gigs right now. Organizers and promoters are currently busy rescheduling events to next year, but that will not necessarily bring extra money. Club owners might have to give up their venues. Months of no income at all. And after concerts start again, they might still not make enough, because not as many people are allowed inside anymore. Without state funding a lot clubs will die and that also will affect our live concerts.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I guess since we have to endure some hard times: Death “The Sound Of Perseverance” would be a fitting soundtrack.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Meeting friends and family in person and giving them proper hugs, otherwise traveling.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No, we live too far apart.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you and stay safe!
Holy Moses


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