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Jeff Pennachio: 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. Jeff Pennachio speaks his Quarantine Story today.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Not too bad at all! I was laid off in April from my last gig, but honestly, everything worked out for the best.  As soon as I was let go, I was able to really focus on getting some music written and look for a different job that was actually enjoyable.  I wrote about 5 new songs for Design The Void, as we had released our EP “Messages Through Lights” in May.  I knew it was just a matter of time before new content would be needed.  I was also able to work on the production as well as develop my solo music.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had one show lined up with Design The Void with a couple of local bands from Kane, PA. It was our only prospective show before the pandemic hit. Now with 2021 in sight, we are able to focus on trying to book new shows for the future!

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Sadly, this is probably the hardest and worst time for any band. Touring is non-existent; venues are closing; I can’t imagine trying to get back to the road to interact with fans and continue to promote new music.  I know this is a time of struggle for a lot of groups, and for them, I am hoping nothing but the best as soon as this pandemic ends. 

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
As much online interaction as possible. I am trying to really push my Facebook page along with my new website for content purposes all over.  I am also trying to offer services still for anyone who needs any help with recording’/writing.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think that it really depends on who you speak with regarding the scene. Some bands were really getting started; some have a very prominent following and have been at it for a while and have fans that are anxious to see them again.  I know it works a little differently for everyone, but for the sake of all metal groups, I hope everyone is able to get right back to the way things were. 

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters?
We all will equally, honestly. We need each other to work together so we can move in the same direction.  Musicians rely on organizers and promoters so they have the best outcome; promoters need the groups to tour so they can draw the crowd-and that’s how everyone wins.  I think overall it will be tougher on music promoters because bands can currently stay active with an online presence; that’s just my opinion though.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I don’t really have one. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to any music.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I really miss the fans and after show get together. That’s the best time to really spend time with your fans to develop those relationships that are important to have them coming back again and again.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
At the moment, no.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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