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Our Pond: 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.  Alessandro Cavion, Our Pond’s guitarist tells us another Italian experience.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi! We are well and luckily also our dear and friends, thank you! It was not easy to stay at home but now it’s better, and slowly finding our everyday routine. 

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
To be honest we have not canceled concerts, also because lately we have concentrated more on the release of our first EP called “Paraphernalia” and due to the reworking of the concert programs we are still in time to organize live concerts.

As soon as we can start again we will do our best to bring our music everywhere and meet new people and places.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
This situation has ruined the plans for many bands, but not only; the staff that organizes the events, the people behind the scenes, etc. People who are left with their hands are more than they seem. 

Fortunately (only in this case) we are still little known and our first official songs came out during the lockdown so we focused on other things, on logistical issues and began to take care of our social media. 

It also took time to create new content. Many people do not turn on creativity when they are forcibly isolated but this does not mean that they cannot arrange and take care of drafts written before, in more artistic and free moments.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
As I said before, we started using social media more, which are Facebook and Instagram. Not that we didn’t have them before but now that we have our first official recording we are ready to get involved and we want to do things well.

For us, contact with those who listen to our music is important because otherwise this would not make sense and I would still be in my bedroom writing songs for my computer.

Instead when I see someone who gets excited or dances or does anything else because he is listening to us my heart fills up and I feel closer to this person, even if I don’t know him. On the other hand, music is connection.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I believe it will not radically change the scene. On the contrary, I really hope so because it would be much more interesting for everyone.

In Italy there is not a very robust metal scene but there are really many metal musicians, not only, who deserve much more. I see (to be correct “I listen”) many very valid projects born in Italy but when I go to listen to “Animals As Leaders” live and I find myself in an audience of perhaps a hundred people I understand that something is wrong here.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
If we talk about bigger and more important artists, I believe that musicians have lost as much as  promoters, as much as  workers who set up stages or  sound engineers.

If we talk about lesser-known artists, ’afraid they are the ones who lost the most. A small organizer works with various people who may perhaps find a solution. In this sense, the little musician finds himself a little lonely. But this is the game to play.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
In these weeks I discovered Bill Evans, Chris Potter, the Rosenberg trio, Frank Gambale, but the songs that cheered me up during the quarantine are always those of Chon, “Rite of Summer” a new release of Giraffes? Giraffes! and these days the new Covet album is out, so the list is not over.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Well for sure my bandmates, I miss the rehearsals and going out to talk a bit with a cigarette and a coffee.

It is a bit difficult to see each other lately also because we live in different parts of Italy and usually we meet at school in Milan but it is now closed.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No, during the lockdown we often heard each other and sent new material to elaborate and arrange but, as I said before, we live far apart and it is difficult to meet in these conditions.

I hope to have an intensive period this summer in which we can work on new tracks and prepare ourselves for the best, considering that we have to have a party in “Paraphernalia”, our first EP that has just come out.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you for your availability and for your time. Take care!

And if you are interested you can listen to “Paraphernalia” now!

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