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Scaffold: 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.  Serbian metal dinosaur, Ivica Dujić Dujke, shares with us his thoughts about current situation in front of Scaffold.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi, actually I am great. It is up to us, our mindset that determines our reality even in difficult times. You can do a lot of creative work. It’s not that bad, to be isolated. You can get yourself together, most people need it because life becomes so fast. It is an great opportunity to find the same amount of curiosity for your everyday life as you had while you were traveling or wandering around. Maybe the isolation can become new revelation.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
I have cancelled some gigs but I work on material for the new album. I didn’t want to break my creative daily routine. Canceling that part of our art, a live performances, was something we couldn’t control, but letting it stop you from progress is a choice. As an artist you have responsibility to always be prepared for the show, even in this time when nobody expect that.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It doesn’t impact you, if you are true (band). The more authentic you are, the easier is the way that you see this challenge. And so is for our band. It is an entity for itself. Of course, you are the ruler, you grow it, you develop the band. And that is also an art: being yourself. Hard time for the whole world, especially in our country. The government placed the art and the artist at the last position . But, you can always keep on a positive mindset, no matter what happens around. Decide on your mission in your art and stay on your track. Resilience is the key!!! Grow it! Be prepared to accept what’s to come and go on.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Social media is a huge field. Relation with fans is an ever-changing , always interesting and never ending story. With SM you can be talked about everyday and this is good for the band. And for the fans as well. They also miss gigs, and than you want to entertain them this way. It is easy to stay organized and track all of your outreach online . Access your fandom from everywhere. Those people loves the feeling of belonging to the stories or memories of the band that they like. It is important to maintain that constancy in our relations.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
It will be enriched by Scaffold’s new album. We’re very excited about it, of course. There will be new songs, old songs but never recorded. There will be video materials as well. After all those years, and also the quarantine, it will be a perfect refresh. New album will be in our well known manner – old school technical death metal with some trash sequences; rasping vocals and some very interesting guests. New albums are always a positive whirlwind, and that is exactly what we need right know. All of us.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Organizers. this covid situation for them is some sort of forced procrastination of everything they does- when they get the bill in the end it could be difficult for them all. As the artist you practice, you create, while you wait this to pass, and practice is never a waist of time. If you edit your music frequently and ruthlessly , your masterpiece just become better. For them everyday is a loss. We work with our motivation, modeling talents, patience, passions – it’s free. For them- time is money, that’s what they get , a big loss.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
“Variola verae”, Scaffold Very topical song. It’s about time of a battle with accepting the reality of surviving something that wants to destroy you from inside out. Finding the courage when even the air is frustrating and scaring you. About reality filled with mortality and mass hysteria and fear that feels like crumbling around your body. Every thought that comes to your mind is how to get your body away from that harmful virus. Luckily , more than today with Covid, the mortality in Serbia was 21.7%. Variola verae major or Black poxes, was dangerous sort of virus even if you get well, you get crosscut or blindness.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
All of my dear friends from the region. Well, there is no price for a good friend. I get used to be with a lot of people everyday. Most of my closest friends are living here in Belgrade but I also have a lot of them all over the ex-YU region. We all are connected through music, have a lot of time and memories together. They are great musicians and good people. Every time we gather the energy is great, we inspire and support, care about each other , about what we do. Strong friendships doesn’t need daily togetherness but I really miss them.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We’re preparing a new album, we don’t have time for the Corona virus. We are death metal, we must remain tough. Getting band together is not so simple during this quarantine, but we try to still make it significant. As we prepare new material, there is no time for experiment, taking risks or making mistakes. We want to meet the end of quarantine ready. Now is time to repeat what once we imagine and create. A lot of devotion and endurance is needed. Motivation is on point as we know what is our next step.

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