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Lakeman: 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. Today, we will hear another Canadian Quarantine Story from the band Lakeman.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Life has been pretty close to the same with most of us during the outbreak. We have all been working and hiding out with our families and roommates. However, we only started rehearsing with other projects in person recently. As far as Lakeman we were already on open-ended hiatus before the pandemic.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
As mentioned above we haven’t planned to play any shows or do any writing in the coming year so mainly we have put our focus on promoting our current release “progenitor”.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I personally miss rehearsing and writing music in the same room as the people I work with. Online collaboration is so slow and tedious. 
I know a lot of musicians whether they wanted to or not are now going into creative mode rather than performance or Promotions mode.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
There have been a lot of promotions involving the new album, we have been fortunate to get a lot of media attention for this release, so we can always drop an article or review for the fans new and old alike.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Sadly some bands won’t survive this. It was hard before this pandemic. However, the die-hard bands and fans should have so much new material to record, perform and release.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
In my neck of the woods, BC Canada, a lot of DIY/local venues are going to die out. Venues and bands alike around here usually flop within 2 years. Not enough fans to support the bands so venues don’t like supporting bands that don’t bring in people. It was already a labour of love for anyone who supported the scene but now everyone will be too broke to offer that often donated labour. 

What is your isolation soundtrack?
As far as metal:
Ulcerate-Stare into Death and be Still
WAKE-Kana Tevoro (Single)
Avusa-Loop of Yesterday
Elephant Tree-Habits
Svartidauði -Flesh Cathedral

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Weekly jams. It gets me out of my regular grind and is something to look forward to in my week. My bandmates are my friends and besides creating music together we love to make each other laugh. I could use the laughter and camaraderie.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
In B.C. we have a 4 phase plan to reopen the economy. Phase one happened in Mid-May around that time a friend of mine and I decided it would be safe to start writing and rehearsing for our new project “Killiphant”, we are a Dark Psychedelic Doom Wave dou. Similar to Nine inch Nails or Aphex Twin.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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