In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Danny Arrieta, guitarist of deathcore ban Kill The Imposter, answers our nine Corona questions.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We are moving forward every day doing our best to keep up things business as usual. With the extra time, we have been able to put out more content and music with the time now available.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
There were a couple of large festivals and a tour set up for last summer that unfortunately got cancelled by the tour agency and artist/venues. We had the cops actually called on a show we were trying to set up right before all the lockdowns went into full effect last year. We attempted to have a speakeasy-type show with the local heavy bands pooling together for a blowout show selling merch to try and get some last-minute savings before the coming lockdowns. Long story short, Word spread like wildfire about the line-up and the police called the venue about the show after an anonymous tip they received. So far, that is the only show we had to call off.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It’s hitting each band differently, we have taken the time to hone our strengths, blast out a ton of content and push through to keep business as usual to be prepared for the eventual opening. And once those gates are open, people will be hungry for live music and entertainment. We will be ready to oblige.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
With a steady stream of content and entertainment. We’re active on socials and are constantly working on new material and goodies for the fans to enjoy.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
It’s going to be angry and ready for release after a year of frustration and pent-up emotion. We’re ready to be the tip of the spear when it re-emerges.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think venues are hit the worst since the isolation took real effect. I’ve seen too many closing their doors and any venues lost are a huge setback for the local communities as well as the traveling artist who love to run through the local hot spots. Luckily they are slowly opening up and getting back on track.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Berried Alive-Blood Orange, Alpha Wolf-Fault EP, Carcosa-Absent EP, and Brand of Sacrifice-Godhand album have been on repeat this year to much appreciation each time.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Being able to shake hands and hug people without having to think is this ok.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We rehearse every week just like we did pre-pandemic. Practices are heavy and a workout just like our live shows and we can’t wait to bring the madness live again to everyone.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you for taking the time to interview us, hope to see you at a show soon \m/