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Never Elected: 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 have a special Corona report from Washington DC-Never Elected!

Hi! How are you doing during the corona outbreak?
More than just a little frustrated. Not being able to meet each other as a band and not being able to play out shows and interact with audiences has been killing us. But somehow, we’re still hanging in there.

What have you cancelled/postponed due to coronavirus?
As a band, we had to cancel a bunch of local gigs but more importantly, we had worked on two tours, one in the summer that was more close-knit, just expanding our reach out of the TriState area (Virginia, DC, Maryland), where we were supposed to play states like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, etc. and then one in late fall that included the North Eastern States going all the way into Canada which would’ve have made it our first “International” tour.

We were also supposed to finish recording our album during this time and the Late Fall tour would’ve been the Album Release Tour.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Complete income from Live Shows has come to a complete halt. Most full-time musicians earn a living playing cover gigs and such, but the pandemic has brought everything to a Standstill.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We decided to put out a music video for our latest single, “Wake Up” and worked with Rahul Mukerji of Proviscocity LLC to direct the video. It was all shot individually and directed in Isolation. The video sure got us a whole lot of attention worldwide. So, in a way, we not only managed to keep our fans engaged but also managed to gain quite a few more.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Have no idea really. It might come back angrier, more forceful with all the pent up frustration from during this time but also there might be some more electronic influences due to the fact that a lot of musicians who are used to touring are now behind DAWs experimenting with a lot of new sounds.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
We can already see that so many Venues are shutting down. Some Venues that have been around for decades have not been able to survive this. Everyone involved has been suffering but the scary thought is, “Will there be venues left to play when we can finally play out?”.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
That list is extensive between all members of the band and pretty much keeps changing every week, based on how things are going for each one of us personally. But it might be safe to say it kind of stays in the realm of Hard Rock, Alternative rock and quite a bit of Progressive tunes as well.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Recording is the number one thing since we were all geared up to start recording our next album but surely, getting together every week to rehearse is a huge thing we miss as well.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We haven’t seen each other except through our computer screens since our last show at the end of February. But we keep sharing ideas online and continue writing songs. Who knows, we might just end up with a Double Album ready by the time this whole thing is over.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!









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