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Maudiir: 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. Maudiir is a one-man black/thrash metal project. Read the story behind.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello, I’m not doing too bad. I’m lucky enough to still have a job and still have my health. And nobody close to me has been sick.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Since Maudiir is a one-man band, I was able to do what I had planned in 2020, which was to work on the follow-up to “Le Temps Peste” EP. Working alone does have its advantages.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It is clearly impacting bands that are making a living out of music, which is already so much harder than it was 20 years ago. I cannot begin to imagine how stressful and traumatic 2020 must have been for some musicians. Some people seem to have relieved the stress by participating in virtual jams and cover videos.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Again, I’m lucky enough to be able to write and record everything by myself, so I guess I can keep the flame alive by getting the new EP “La Part du Diable” out within a year of the first one.  

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
People will be hungry for new stuff and shows, that’s for sure.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I would think everybody in the business is suffering in some way, be it money wise, or missing doing shows, playing for people… It seems to be a shitty business that is only getting shittier every decade. I was at some point like everybody that dreamed to make it in the music business. Now, seeing all this going down, I’m very much happy that I’m not depending on music to pay the bills and that I’m still making it for myself first, as a passion.   

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I really really like Obsequiae’s last album “The Palms of Sorrowed Kings”. It’s such a great textured album, lots of great guitar work. Almost soothing to listen to. Reminds me of old Opeth, Morningrise era for the sound. I find this type of production very interesting nowadays, refreshing and original.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss the atmosphere of the big summer festivals in Montreal. I also miss having a nice brew in microbreweries with friends and family.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No rehearsals, but a lot of writing has been done on my side for sure.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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