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Nemesis: 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. Sanja Drča (vocals) and Selena Simić (drums) are speaking in front of Serbian female Melodic Death Metal band Nemesis about days in isolation.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Sanja: Hi Metal Jacket, thanks for taking interest in our band. Well, we are doing fine, mostly cooking and eating, practicing, working on new songs… Waiting for all of this to be over so we can go back on the stage!

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Sanja: Unfortunately, we had to cancel a lot of gigs such as our album promotion, a lot of foreign festivals, and a European tour which we had planned for May. We hope that we will have some club gigs this year at least because we really miss that. On the other hand, next year will be pretty busy and we are looking forward to it.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Selena: The biggest bands are going to do just fine. We don’t worry for them, but smaller bands and the ones whose careers just started may experience many problems. We can imagine that people put a lot of effort and personal time into their bands and most of the people want to be in a band because they want to perform live and present their music. And since that is not possible at the moment, I guess many bands are left without a certain amount of income they used for band investments and that many will experience the lack of motivation since they miss the energy you get from playing live.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Sanja: We communicate with them via our Facebook and Instagram pages, we had a live Q&A not too long ago where we talked with our fans, answering their questions and having fun with them. We are promoting our debut album as much as we can and it’s doing great!

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Selena: We have no idea, but it will be logical that most of the bands focus on smaller shows now since the media is telling us that mass events will not be back anytime soon. I believe that metal music industry is going to suffer the least compared to other genres, since metal has always been underground and is used to smaller venues and a lot of enthusiasm and volunteer work.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Selena: All of us unfortunately. The future of the event and music industry is really uncertain at this time. Many of the emerging bands will experience a lot of hard times since it is unknown when all of us will be touring again. We believe that there will be losses on both sides and we are hoping that this crisis will be over soon.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Sanja: I’m listening to a lot of metalcore, which is not so different than it was before the isolation. So it’s mostly Parkway Drive, Architects and Heart of a coward.That makes me happy so I’m sticking to that.

Selena: Sanja and I have a similar taste in music, but recently I started to feel overwhelmed with modern metal so I am mostly listening to Carcass, Belphegor and some older Arch Enemy albums.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Sanja: We miss our friends, fans, bars and pubs! Can’t wait to see those faces again and have fun and hang out like we used to. We miss traveling and touring also because we have a lot of friends abroad. Hopefully we will see them soon.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Sanja: No, unfortunately not, because we are all in different cities and we don’t have conditions for rehearsals.  However, we are practicing as much as we can and, like we said, working on some new stuff. We hope we will be back in the studio ASAP!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!


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