In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Yann “Xanyn” Gilly, Inlandsys bassist, shares with us quarantine experience from France.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi ! I guess it’s safe to say I’m doing fine during this pandemic!
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We’ve cancelled two shows in the week end before the lockdown in France and we were on the road to those shows in Poitiers and L’isle Bouzon.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Well all the bands that were touring or were about to go on tour had to cancel or postponed all their shows including summer festivals so that represent a huge amount of time and resources that is lost. Not to mention that due to this outbreak the global morale went way down and all musicians were not able to play their shows and do what we all love to do and that’s entertaining people and share our music. But I’m sure it will come back soon enough!
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’ve released old videos of the band in rehearsal or when we were on tour telling bad jokes and drinking beers so that they could forget about the pandemic and maybe laugh for a few seconds! And we have released our first video clip of our cover song / parody of Gunther’s “Ding Dong Song” which I’m sure made people laugh! Go check it out!!
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I’m sure that when metal shows will start again, metalheads will be there for their music and they will go wild! As for metal records the isolation gave time to many bands to write and compose so I guess that in a near future we will be flooded by metal. I think metal will be stronger than ever.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
We’re all in the same boat, we’ve all lost something to this outbreak, weather we’re musicians, organizers, promoters, sound or light engineer, venue manager and even the fans, we were all hurt from covid because that’s the way our industry works we all rely on each other.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
“Solsagan” by Finntroll, I can’t wait for their new album to come out!
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
My family, my cat, and junk food. Haha!
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We had one the week end we were supposed to play but everyone was hangover except me who kept drinking! And we’ve had some video-conference to keep working on the next album.