In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Dario Rosenberg, guitarist of German Thrash band Ravager, speaks for our magazine.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi! Thanks, all of us are doing fine!
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
All of our gigs since late March have been cancelled or postponed. Including some festivals we were really looking forward to – where we would have met many bands who are friends of ours or we are fans of.
Fortunately all the organizers are doing their best to make up for it next year!
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Apart from not being able to pursue our hobby – which is bad enough – we do not struggle with the situation on an individual level that much. All of us have jobs in different fields than music.
For bands who rely on playing shows to make a living it surely is bad, though. We want to encourage everyone to show their support and maybe spend the money saved on festival tickets this year on merch and CD’s/LP’s!
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Luckily in the modern days we have social media to keep in touch with our fans and to let them know the band is still active – on a different level maybe but now we have time to focus on songwriting for the next record. A thing we see many other bands do… 2021 is going to be a hell of a year for new releases!
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
As I said, I guess there will be a sh**load of CD/LP releases in the coming years. I hope all bands utilize this situation to really try to mold those records to perfection or take on issues they have been struggling with in the past but have not had the time to really focus on.
So, in conclusion metal will be stronger than ever!
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
It depends. Those musicians/organizers/promoters who rely on events and are just able to make a living by doing what they are doing (great jobs! All of you!) will all suffer strongly. We really have to try to support them during these times. Some countries offer government aid to those – which may still have its flaws but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. Let us not forget: this situation is new to all of us.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive 😉
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Any kind of social gathering. Having a beer with a bunch of friends, celebrating birthdays, going to concerts, going to bars, … you name it!
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
As of now we have not had a proper rehearsal since the outbreak. Fortunately we found our way to cope with the situation by focusing on songwriting for our next record. But of course we are really looking forward to hit the rehearsal room together again. I guess that might happen soon…
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you, too!
And thanks to all of those reading this!
Stay safe and healthy out there!