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Ischemic: Quarantine Story

by Metal Jacket

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Toronto Death-Doom band Ischemic will release new full-length out April 2nd, 2021. Mrudul Kamble (drums, recording and mixing engineer) shares his Quarantine Story with us.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
It has been a tough ride for sure and made me think deeply about certain aspects of my own personal life. However, music has always had my back so I have kept myself busy with composing and jamming with myself whenever I can and also learning songs that challenge my skills.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We have had to postpone and cancel rehearsals due to lockdown. Ischemic was in the process of booking shows but that was not even an option anymore. Isabelle and I had gigs lined up with our other projects Experiment Specimen and Mors Verum in 2020, but that’s exactly when lockdown started in Canada. That was a show I was really looking forward to as all the three bands connect really well with each other and are good friends.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I think the biggest impact this has had on bands is not being able to feel the energy from their fans as they would in a live show or even when hanging out with their bandmates. Just being aware of uncertainties in the music industry due to Covid probably takes a toll on being motivated and inspired to create any sort of art. Even for established acts, I think, Covid completely crushed all the plans that were set in place and that is a big problem to solve.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think it will re-emerge as an even stronger force than it already is but, it will take some time for everyone to get comfortable like it used to be before. I’m hoping that we can all hang in there and just get through the initial phases of re-emergence so it’s back to being the way it was. Well, I don’t think it will be exactly the way it was, but hoping for the best.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
The suffering will trickle down all the way up from promoters, venue owners organizers down to musicians. But I think venues and promoters have mostly taken the major hit financially speaking and musicians have taken more of an emotional hit. But at the end everyone is affected in their own way.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
“Boleskine House” by Triptykon.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I just miss going to a store to get stuff I need without having Corona on the back of my mind. I am an old-school guy so I like feeling things out and then checking them out at a store. Not a fan of online shopping. So that is something I do miss besides gigs.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?We mostly tried to avoid or delay rehearsals during quarantine especially because we all lived in different parts of Toronto. And that itself was a bit risky when Covid was just peaking. But mostly we kept our ear to the ground and whenever it was safe and the lockdown was lifted, we worked around our schedules to get in a rehearsal or recording session.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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