In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Next Door To Heaven is a progressive metalcore band which was founded in St Petersburg, Russia. Daria Mazunova shares with us her Quarantine Story.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi! We’re not the ones who panic even though we’ve experienced almost all symptoms of COVID for a few weeks. The main thing is to be optimistic and listen to music and read books instead of watching the news 24/7. It’s very helpful during this era of negative information. As with any other musicians, we are saddened by the lack of gigs.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We’ve started booking shows internationally when it started and had to cancel everything. Plus we had to release our EP later than planned.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
First of all, financially. Secondly, many people are in such a depression they are not ready to hear/see something new or just not interested as before. Lastly, we don’t play gigs now and that’s very hard.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’ve released a remaster of “Dance with me” in 2020 and in December 2020 we’ve released a full music video for this song. Now our EP is coming, finally.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think most people will be so happy to play/attend gigs as they were never before but some people will still be afraid that’s why online stuff that started in 2020 will keep existing.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Every one of these, unfortunately.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Happoradio – Silta
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Communication with people offline, traveling.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Yes, we do. This is what actually hasn’t changed – they look as they looked before.
Thanks you so much for your time. Stay safe!