In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Francis Cassol, drummer of Rage In My Eyes, formed as Scelerata back in 2002, shares his quarantine thoughts with us.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
The corona outbreak and lockdown haven’t been easy, but we are thankful that we are staying safe and keeping healthy.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
2020 was supposed to be a good year for Rage In My Eyes. After a fantastic 2019, when we put out our album, official video, opened for Iron Maiden, we strongly believed the band would keep growing at that same pace in 2020. In late 2019, we started planning in 2020. We were supposed to go out on a European run, that obviously did not happen. Nevertheless, 2020 was still a busy year. We put out several videos, including an original track, which is a tribute to the late André Matos.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Performing arts, in general, were heavily impacted by the pandemic because they depend on gathering people for live shows, tours, etc. Abruptly our work possibilities got limited. Not only the bands, but all the people directly or indirectly affected by the pandemic are struggling. And it saddens me to say, but most likely we will be the last to return to our regular activities. On the other hand, as a band, we learned how to work better online, by putting out music videos and being part of online festivals.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We are connecting with our fans online and through airplay, there is no other way right now.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
That’s hard to answer, but I believe fans will be eager to go back to attending the live shows. In regards to the artists, they will probably have a hard time booking the tours, since most bands will be needing to hit the road at once. Problems like overbooking, the excessive offer of shows for the fans, etc. might be a problem.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Everyone is struggling quite a lot. Road crew, promoters and venues are also facing a very hard time.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
When the pandemic first broke, I was listening to a lot to Amon Amarth. But my soundtrack is vast, hard to name all the bands. I do like, however, energetic music to go out on my runs and workouts.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I think the whole band interaction changed. We can’t rehearse and we can’t precisely plan the next steps, because nobody is sure when things will go back to normal. So, rehearsing and planning ahead are definitely things that I miss.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
FC – We haven’t been rehearsing, but we have been putting out some “quarantine” videos, with band members recording at home or in their private studios. In the next few days, we will go back to rehearsing, since we have some new material to work on. But of course, we will be precautious and make sure we keep all the prevention guidelines.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you for supporting Metal and for giving us the opportunity of sharing our experiences as a band during this unfortunate pandemic. We hope to see you all on the road soon! You all stay safe out there!