In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Sepsiss is a female fronted metal band from Manchester, NH, founded in 2011 by Melissa Wolfe and William Savant. Melissa Wolf speaks today for Metal Jacket Magazine.
Hi! How are you doing during the Corona outbreak?
Well, I am surviving… Haha. Much like the rest of you! Just keeping myself safe by wearing gloves, goggles, and masks if I am forced to leave the house. Call me a germ-o-phobe all you want. I even go as far as wiping down all of my groceries. I hope you’re all being safe out there.
What have you cancelled/postponed due to the Coronavirus?
We have had to cancel all of our shows for 2020 that we had lined up this year. Everything has been pushed back. Some of the shows were as follows:
-Metal in the Mountains in Pipestem, WV;
-Tattoo & Music Fest in Providence, RI;
-Eastover Winterfest in Lenox, MA and many more.
This was going to be a big touring year for us, but as you know… The world had a different plan. We’ll be back having live shows though! And we will be back full force.
How is the global coronavirus pandemic directly impacting bands?
It has directly impacted bands/ musicians by not being able to play live events. Not only does it hurt our wallets, but it sucks for the fans. Sure, I’ve seen some folks playing “online concerts”… But that can only last for so long. The fans want the real thing. They want to live that experience. There’s nothing like going to a real show, hearing those blaring-loud speakers, having a drink with your best friend, and throwing your energy back out into the universe.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We have a pretty loyal fan-base, so I’m sure that has helped out quite a bit. We also do a lot of live-streaming (we call it “Swarm TV”) on our Facebook page and we interact with the fans that way. We sometimes give away free prizes during our “wheel of death” episodes where the fans will share our live feed and they can win something that way. We host Swarm TV every Sunday, but lately we have been going live more often to keep people updated and just stay in touch with the fans. You can join us at www.facebook.com/sepsiss
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I have a feeling that at first people might be a little cautious to get back into the scene and be around large crowds of people. It might take a little time for things to get “back to normal”. Unless “normal” is just never going to be a thing anymore.We might see metal evolve into something else completely… But who knows?
Who will suffer the most after all of this?: musicians, organizers, promoters…?
Honestly, all of the above. The entire music industry has suffered from this. I don’t believe one category has suffered “more” than another… We are all hurting.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
We actually have a Quarantine series up on Youtube. We made a couple acoustic versions of our songs “More Then Before” and “No Strings Attached” during our downtime. You can find those here: www.youtube.com/sepsissband
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss having that face-to-face interaction with our fans. I miss that rush you get after completing your set, jumping off stage, and finally getting to meet the people that are there supporting you. Being able to see their happy smiles, shaking their hands, and knowing that your music has moved them in some way… It just makes your heart melt.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, what are they like? Thanks so much for your time. Stay safe!
Yes, of course! I’ve actually been taking some online vocal courses while we’ve all been stuck inside. I found it to be extremely helpful. This has helped me keep my voice right and get better at the same time. Most of it focuses on breathing, vocal warm-ups, head voice, chest voice, belt notes, and much more. The band and I have also been playing acoustically to stay in practice. We’ve been creating content and staying active. These things are very important.