In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Italian metallers, Reality Grey, will release new album “Beneath This Crown” on May 7th, 2021 on Blood Blast Distribution powered by Nuclear Blast. Anto Addabbo and Alberto Pinto are sharing their Quarantine Story.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Anto Addabbo: Hi! We’re pretty busy actually. We’ve “Beneath This Crown” about to be released, we had to shoot a video clip, drums playthroughs, guitar playthroughs, we also recorded a cover song in the meantime. Of course, we’ve been restricted as everybody, we maybe managed to rehearse a couple of times in 3 months. But that’s just how it is. At the end of the day I can’t complain too much, we were able to do a lot given the weird times we’re experiencing.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Anto Addabbo: Not much, shows are not happening anyway, so we decided to focus on the record release. Personally, I teach guitar in an academy and I had to postpone and cancel a lot of classes for obvious reasons.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Alberto Pinto: I think pandemic is a ruin for every kind of band. Stopping every chance to play shows is something that affects every musician, from professional to amateur, with all the negative consequences. For a lot of musicians, this means finding another job. On the other hand, for amateur and underground bands, life goes on but people tend to forget about them if they’re not playing shows, releasing videos or records…it means going back to zero, losing a portion of the fanbase, and easily losing the will to stay on track.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Anto Addabbo: As Albo mentioned, it’s very hard to keep the attention bar high in normal times, let alone during a pandemic where it’s hard to get shows and release content to the fans. We try to come up with small things like pictures, live videos from the rehearsals, releasing old live videos etc. We always try to be proactive and positive.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Anto Addabbo: It’s hard to say to be honest. We’re all at the fence waiting. I’m sure there’s a great desire to go back to normal, there’s a lot of expectation about it no doubt, people wants to go to concerts and shows. I would say, and I hope, that when all this will be over we will see huge participation at the events.
I’ve seen a lot of bands doing streaming concerts, which is totally fine given the situation, but I hope that’s not the future of metal music and metal shows.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Alberto Pinto: Everyone is suffering. It’s a tragedy for people that work with music and live show, from promoters to the technician crews and doesn’t forget about venues that have rent to pay and they’re closed it’s almost one year. It’s a huge problem, they need and deserve to be helped.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Anto Addabbo: A lot of mu sic actually. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot to this Swedish melodic metal band called Eclipse, they’re very very cool.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Alberto Pinto: First of all, the everyday life, the normality. Hanging out with friends, go have fun around without restrictions. Travelling, have dinner in a pizza shop. I never liked too much stay in crowded places but I start missing it too.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Anto Addabbo: We had no rehearsal up until last June when Italy opened up from the strict lockdown. After that Italy has gone through some lighter restrictions throughout the year. We managed to rehearse now and then, we even got the chance to play a show in September where the situation was way better. The show was totally cool, you could feel metalheads want shows and concerts.
Well, the rehearsal was fun, and we were not that out of shape, at least not how we expected to be ahah Of course we kept everything at safe distance, we’re lucky to have a pretty big rehearsal space.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
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