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KATRE: 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. German band KATRE share their Quarantine Story.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hasan: Hi. I am Hasan, guitar player of the Band Katre. Thanks for having me.
Well, the situation looks more promising after different phases of lockdowns. Homeschooling, home office, restrictions, not being allowed to meeting friends and seeing relatives…all his felt like a nightmare. But it is getting more and more better I would say.

What have you canceled/postponed due coronavirus?
H: My whole family lives in Turkey, I am in Germany, so I had to wait quite a long time for meeting them. We canceled/ postponed many flights.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
H: In many ways, I would say. One obvious effect is the shows that were canceled or have been delayed to the next couple of years. On the other hand, I can imagine many bands focusing on working newer songs, releasing never albums because there is nothing else to do. At a certain point, it must have fostered new ideas. I can think of TesseracT’s cinematic release, Portals, as a good example of this.

We also experienced very discouraging examples. In Turkey, around 100 musicians have committed suicide since the start of pandemic measures. As many of them worked without insurance, they were not eligible for benefit packages. I mean even if they were, this is not really buying you anything.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
H: Oh, I guess the musical landscape changed a while ago, I mean with Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and similar… The listeners, the fans, are not really dependent on a single band. They rather find a plethora of bands in their favored genre. So I think this is not a concern, not only for us but for any of the bands out there.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
H: I am expecting a change in the way the audiences react to the bands playing live. They must have missed that, I mean both sides.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
H: This is an ecosystem. Anybody who makes a living out of it will suffer from it.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
H: It is Spotify’s release radar. Since no gigs were allowed, I figured bands would release new materials.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
H: Well as mentioned earlier, the situation gets better and we feel fewer restrictions affecting our daily lives. So except for the gigs, I would say there is really not much to miss 😊

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
H: Our approach has not changed much during the pandemic. We are a geographically distributed band. Two members live in Turkey and the other two in Germany. So we always have to explore new ways of working together. For this, I should give you the context first.

Katre was formed in 2014. Back then, our aim was to release studio albums, because we knew the distances were always going to be a problem when we want to schedule live gigs or tours. Each band member thus had (and still has) a more or less portable studio. After writing the songs, we were basically sending the materials back and forth, adding new layers and elements that were maturing them. Before going into the studio, we were rehearsing altogether, but until then everybody was playing the parts for himself with the respective backing tracks.

The approach remained the same, but we think it is time we start playing live. I would say, this is not a studio project anymore. So, Özgür (our bass player) and I, started already rehearsing together in Berlin, sometimes in my home studio and sometimes at his place. I know Okaner and Sah Cihan are also setting the gear up in Turkey. We are all getting ready 😊 So let’s see how this unfolds.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks a lot for having me. I really appreciate it and wish you the best. Stay safe!

 

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