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Kalahari: 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. Italian metal act Kalahari released the new EP “Theia” on June 26. Nicola Pellacani, Kalahari’s vocalist, shares with us his Quarantine Story.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi guys! Surely, a world pandemic is not an easy thing to deal with, but even if distant, we managed to remain united, to support each other as friends and as a band. We kept ourselves busy and continued to work on the promotion and publication of our latest EP, which just came out on June 26th. Here in Italy, the pandemic seems to be slowing down, so, finally, we can play and compose all together, which for us is fundamental.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
The event that we most regret to cancel was the release party for our EP “Theia”, it would have been an incredible evening! There also were 3 more scheduled gigs that were postponed to a date to be defined.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
We would say that we are lucky this is not our full time job yet. As of any other business that directly involves large amounts of people, music is really suffering. For instance, our only chance to play a gig as it is now would be through an acoustic set. People are scared to organize events, they do not want to get fined and as a side effect, bands don’t play.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We worked hard to bring fresh content to our fans. They are our family! We really improved our social network engagement by posting content almost daily, we recorded an acoustic version of one of our old songs, we often go live on instagram and talk to them. We always try to make it fun, no matter the matters around us and the music community.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal will come out stronger, as it always does. Just look at the past years! It’s such a versatile music genre. We will keep evolving and never die!

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
It probably does not matter who you are, the whole segment is on its knees. We are mostly worried about artists who got hit by this disaster while in a transition era of their career, maybe while they were pushing a big investment.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
“I Am the Mountain”! The fourth song of our EP. Epic ballad, lots of feelings in there. Check it out!

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Freedom. We don’t recognize it until it’s taken away. That should make us all think!

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We could not rehearse during quarantine, but we kept on composing by sending each other new ideas. Plus, our guitarist Gino is becoming a beast at mixing. Now we can go to rehearsals together, but our singer Nico is in another room, so we can keep the right distance and we play with headphones, but to be honest with you it works great!

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