In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Adelaide based metal band Shatter Brain and their guitarist Matt Disisto are sharing with us Australian Corona experience.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Gday! We are doing ok. For the most part we are all still able to work and make a living so in that respect we are very lucky. It sure has put a halt to a lot of plans that we had this year though!
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
All of our shows haha. We have recently released our new album, “Pitchfork Justice”, via Wormholedeath, and we had plans to hit the road pretty hard throughout the year in support of it. So we are trying to promote the album in different ways.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It seems to be impacting bands big time. No one is able to tour, and a lot of bands rely heavily on this aspect of the business for their main income. It’s great to see people adapt and overcome in the times as well. Bands and doing isolation video concerts, song playthroughs and Zoom lessons to keep in touch with their fans.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We are focusing on doing as much promo for PFJ as possible. Interviews and reviews for the fans to read. We’re also continually working on video content to put out for the fans as well, so keep an eye out for some cool new stuff!
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
It’s hard to say, we’re in such un chartered territory! I know I will have a renewed appreciation for lives shows and will get out to as many as possible. Hopefully this crazy time we’re living in at the moment will inspire artists to create new and exciting things!
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
They will all be struggling for sure, as well as the venues! They rely 100% on live music to survive, so hopefully we see them all start up again soon.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Lately I’ve been enjoying the new Kvelertak album!
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We haven’t really been able to rehearse properly for quite some time. We have been trying to use the time off as best we can and write a few new riffs and start to get some new songs together.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!