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Snakeyes: 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. Cosmin Aioniţă, Snakeyes vocalist, speaks about the challenges that band faces with during this crazy times. 

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi, we’re doing as best as we could during these tough times. Some of us can continue working on our daily jobs, the others are just waiting for some of the restrictions to be lifted so we can resume our work and lives.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
SnakeyeS postponed the entire promotional tour for our brand-new album Evil Must Die. Several gigs and festival appearances are either postponed, either cancelled.

How is the global coronavirus pandemic directly impacting bands?
Besides the impossibility of actually touring and getting our live music directly to our fans, there are a lot of other smaller or bigger disadvantages: not being able to ship merchandise because of postal restrictions, not being able to properly and fully get and use some of the gear because of travel restrictions, not being able to teach music to our students (for some of us) and a lot more.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We try to still be there for our fans, even if we can’t tour right now. The new album released with an acoustic concert we broadcast over the Internet and we’ve since published a new promotional video for a new single, as well as live versions for some of the songs from the new album, the ones we were planning on playing live during the tour.

What will look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
We hope it won’t be watered down by this period of restraint and isolation and it will re-emerge stronger than ever. During this time, maybe some fans of this genre of music understood what metal is without the live music and, when the gig restrictions will be lifted, they’ll fill the clubs and festival sites faster than before.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
To be honest, the whole world is hurting, and artists are very affected by this whole crisis. But it wouldn’t be fair to point out just one category, a lot of people lost their jobs because of this pandemic and we must show proper respect and understanding for all of them.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I wouldn’t say the isolation changed the music I listen to. It’s mostly metal, and I’m trying to cover all new releases from the heavy, melodic, power genres I prefer. During physical training (got to stay in shape!) I listen to mostly classic stuff, like the Iron Maiden albums from the 80s (efficient for timing exercises!), and lately, during work hours, I got into Stryper and Michael Sweet.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I do miss a lot: attending concerts and gigs, physically going to work, I miss going to the gym, I miss rehearsals, meeting with friends, having a drink, going to the movies… I want my old life back 

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We do practice individually and record live versions of our songs (watch below). We also keep in shape by doing a lot of cover songs which we publish on YouTube or just share between us.

Stay safe!

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