In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Canadian IMMORTALIZER share their Quarantine Story.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I’m doing pretty well, thanks. Covid has been challenging for several reasons, but it has allowed me to focus more on my music work which has been good.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
It’s delayed travel and forced me to record in my home studio instead of a local studio. My lady and I were thinking of moving before Covid hit as well, so it’s postponed all of that. Covid has also canceled several concerts we were excited to attend. Most recently we were going to see Judas Priest in November and that show has also been postponed. So that was disappointing. However we have to consider public safety first, and so in the end, that’s far more important.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
The pandemic has been very challenging for bands and artists worldwide. No longer being able to play shows has been enough to seriously affect if not take down tons of indie bands and established bands too. Releases are also greatly affected. Relying almost solely on the internet has been problematic for everyone. Hopefully those same bands will re-emerge after the pandemic.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Well, as I work on finishing the debut album I’ve been releasing singles and music videos for them and trying to make the videos as entertaining as possible. I’ve also been trying to do more on social media as well as doing more interviews and other promos through my promotion company. They’ve been incredibly helpful and supportive throughout this difficult time.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think it will return to its former glory. It might take a bit of time, especially for crowds returning to shows and things like that, but Metalheads worldwide are very loyal, and I believe that one day Covid will be just be a horrible memory and people will move on. I feel for all of those who have lost loved ones.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Sadly I think all will be equally affected because we all have to work together for each of us to succeed.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Ahh! Tons of Primal Fear, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon and Motörhead, but since Covid I’ve listened to an enormous amount of my record collection. But I’ve been loving “Metal Commando”, the latest album by Primal Fear. They did a fantastic job on it and I think it will go down as one of their best records! \m/
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I would say I miss travel the most. I understand why it was important not to, but still, it’s a bummer for sure.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
I’m currently recording each instrument myself, so my rehearsals have been a solo affair haha. However, I’ve also been working with Ralf Scheepers through Skype which has been a great alternative.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
It was my pleasure. Thanks for having me on Metal Jacket Magazine! Take good care & stay safe!