In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Dominik Sebastian primary speaks as Serious Black guitarist, and also mentions his other band Edenbridge.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi there, thanks for your interest! For Serious Black hasn’t changed much as there wasn’t planned anything special anyway in these days. But the pandemic hit me personally quite hard as I should have been on the road with Edenbridge (Visions-Of-Atlantis-Tour) right now. So I use the given time for things I normally would hardly find time for: to muck out for example. But also I’m educating myself to increase my technique skills and music theory, working for my other band Jacobs Moor, collecting ideas for following SB-records, recording for other bands and (Corona-)projects, also. On top I don’t forget to relax. You see, I’m not really bored.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
The Edenbridge/VoA-Tour is cancelled so far, but we’re going to get on the road next year to catch up on at least some of the concerts.
For Serious Black we hope that there won’t be any issues. Our next tour should take place as planned from Sep 22nd to Oct 11th, followed by a trip to Spain end of October.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Very hard. And it will affect us far beyond I fear. It’s not only about the cancelled shows, tours and festivals right now. It’s about who and what will survive this shutdown. I deeply hope that the politics finally realizes the importance and necessity of the music (and arts in common) industry and will help us not to drown.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We just released our 2nd video clip “We Still Stand Tall”, which includes videos and pictures of fans giving a message or performing to SB-songs as we asked for.
Let’’s see whats next …
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
We will rise from out the ashes, stronger than before!!
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
It all goes hand in hand. And we have to support one another!
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Every day a different one. And it reaches from classical film scores, over Jazz- and Prog-Rock up to more heavy stuff as well.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
The direct fan contact, I’d say.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
There’s absolutely no rehearsals at the moment. For a gig or tour we practice the songs on our own and meet up short before to go them through a few times. So no need right now. And anyway traveling is limited.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!