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Our Dying World: 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. 

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We did ok! We stayed very busy writing and got a whole record finished while we were quarantined.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Thankfully we were in a small downpoint when the virus hit so we didn’t have to cancel things. Many of us were scheduled to go to shows and festivals though, so that was a bit of a letdown.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It looked like it was absolutely killing the industry. Bands rely on merch sales and every show lost or canceled puts a huge dent in the businesses financially. It was pretty discouraging to watch friends and family go into hard times because their income essentially stopped. Plus fans couldn’t go to work so even asking for help over the platforms that we could was incredibly difficult.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
I think we tried to keep them hopeful. Everyone wanted to get out of their house to do something so we posted sneak peeks of the work we were doing and tried to keep the fans looking forward to the day we could all go out and enjoy a show together.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think metal had some time to breathe and the songwriters had some time to really reconnect with their roots in writing and bring a new spin to things since they were kind of forced to take time and not just blindly push out music. Seemed like we got some really deep records following the pandemic.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers, promoters…
I don’t think it’s a contest to see who suffers most at the end of all this. We all took a huge hit; if anyone suffered the most, it was the entertainment industry as a whole. The entire industry took a massive hit and now artists are supposed to turn out records as if it’s just something we do every day. It’s sad. Music suffered the most out of any industry in the world I’ll say that much. But the people inside the industry all suffered pretty equally I think.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Lots of Children Of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, melodic and dark metal. Kind of fits with the times. Definitely fits the mood when we’re stuck in the house unable to leave.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
We miss our friends, time in the studios, going to shows and seeing our metal family. That kind of void can’t easily be replaced. Luckily the internet kept us in touch and communicating. That was a kind of small blessing in all this; to be able to check in on everyone and ask how they’re doing.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We had a few. Some writing was done and other times it was to rehearse and keep ourselves in shape. We definitely kept our distance as much as possible and there’s still bottles of sanitizer left in the room to this day.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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