In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Zach Dean guitarist and vocalist of Canadian Progressive Death Metal Messora speaks his Quarantine Story.
Hi! How are you doing during the corona outbreak?
Hi to you! I’m lucky to be doing very well through this whole situation.
What have you cancelled/postponed due to coronavirus?
Messora had to cancel five shows in May and June, two of which were festivals. We were going to have our good friends Aepoch and Ignominy to play with us in Montréal, cancelling that was a pretty big disappointment. We were also set to play in Toronto for the first time, which I was really looking forward to.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Obviously bands who rely on touring to make a living are in a terrible position at the moment. I think a lot of bands are trying to sell more merch to make up for their losses/lack of income. I hope that bands and artists are making the best of the free time that they have right now to work on new material and get creative.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Our streaming stats have been pretty great since this pandemic started, so it seems like people are turning to our music to entertain themselves while stuck at home, which is nice to see. We also released our first music video just last week, for our song The Door. It seems to be a hit with our fans while also bringing in new people.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
This is a really broad kind of question. I don’t see why metal would sound any different after all this. I think that there is a strong chance that we see heavy touring from many bands hoping to earn some income when touring is possible again. I hope that there won’t be many venues closing due to the situation, but it’s not looking great right now. Honestly, I just don’t want to hear any songs whose lyrics are about the pandemic.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
This is a hard question to answer. Obviously musicians who rely on playing live for a living are going to be hit by this like a ton of bricks. Then again, those who can afford the time without income could benefit from the creative head-space that isolation can afford you. Musicians who are not making money from it either way and only do it out of passion are probably having a blast right now. People who work exclusively in the business side of things don’t have that “silver lining”, and they’ll obviously be hit very hard by all of this.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I’ve been listening to lots of Can, Daughters, Dillinger Escape Plan, ISIS, GY!BE and Nine Inch Nails.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
This isn’t really music related but I miss feeling the life and vibrance in Montréal. Usually, around this time of year, there is so much euphoria and optimism in the air, and that’s obviously not the vibe right now.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
There’s been some rehearsing and developing new material. We’re all keeping our distances from each other, and the room is so ventilated that it gets pretty cold even during the heat waves. As I said, we’re trying to make the most of the situation.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!