In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Alia Tempora is a Czech electronic metal/symphonic metal band from the city of Brno. Markéta Morávková (clean vocals) shares her Quarantine Story with us.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi, thank you for asking! I feel a bit bad to say that, but I am fine… Of course this situation is hard for everyone in some way, but I consider myself lucky that me and my family are healthy and not heavily affected. What affected me the most is the block of live music scene and traveling. But I am still hopeful that it will get better this year and we will be back on the road again!
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We’ve had kinda big touring plans in Asia and South America, but nothing has been announced yet and thanks God also not paid for by promoters. We were lucky to finish almost whole part of our Dragonfly Effect tour in Europe right before the first quarantine in March 2020, but we had to rush a lot before they close the borders – 1 hour before they shut it down we arrived to Czech republic. We felt like in some action movie and yeah, came straight to 2 weeks long quarantine! 😀 At that time we had no idea for how long this situation will be and we felt kinda adventurous and happy to stay home after great tour. Stupid kids… 😀
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I think it is impacting bands a lot, but let’s talk openly here – there are other jobs or areas that have been affected much more seriously, for some people it has been economically fatal. Bands can still move their work online to get paid and fans are extremely supportive towards bands during these times – buying merch, supporting on Patreon, paying for online shows etc… I would say that people who are more affected by pandemic in music industry are people who works WITH bands and are not usually visible, therefore don’t have any supporters who could bring them up when they need it – like crew members, sound engineers, venue workers and many more, just to give an example. These people are usually paid directly from shows and can’t move their work online to get paid these days.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We are not really focusing on keeping our fans, we are more focusing on keeping them sane, entertained and happy, as much as possible. And I must say they are very supportive towards us, so it is mutual love!
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I don’t really dare to guess. But I believe that metal fans will stay true to the metal music scene and will support it when it will be needed – like they do now!
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I am concerned about venues the most. We can already see our favorite venues to close their business temporarily and some of them unfortunately for good. It is really sad and I feel sorry for people who had to give up their passion, because running a rock/metal venue is usually work of 100% dedicated metalheads!
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Netflix from A to Z 😀 But to be serious – I listen to so many genres and artists that I would not be able to name them here even If we would have all week for this interview, haha 😀 Right now I am listening to bluegrass playlist on Spotify and artist playing is Sturgill Simpson.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss our fans, but I guess it is included in gigs, haha! 😀 So the second thing would be my friends. With many we don’t live in the same country and If we do, we still can barely meet. What I also miss a lot is traveling with my husband, we have never been in one country for more than 3 months, we are always in “the motion”. But there are worse things happening and I am aware of that, so I take it as it is.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We don’t. We are having some video calls time to time, composing new music and working hard “behind the scenes”, but we don’t feel like practicing for gigs together. It is usually happening intensively before we go on tour!
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank YOU for having me, it has been fun! Let’s hope we will meet soon at some festival!