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SPEED KILLS: QUARANTINE STORY

by Vjeran

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. SPEED KILLS from Italy share their Quarantine Story.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
(David) Hi guys, we hope everything is going good for you! Well, luckily non of us was infected during this pandemic but sadly some persons and close friends died or were hospitalized because of this shit. This unfortunately impacted in some of us.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
(Nicco) Of course we were forced, like all the other bands out there, to postpone our concerts, but the main issue was to postpone our rehearsals for the songwriting of new material. We were really fired up and running in writing new songs for our new EP or album, and the pandemic kind of stopped that creative process, given the fact that we usually write new music not individually but as a group.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
(Nicco) Well, a huge impact on the bands. Live gigs are just the main example, but that alone has hit not just the bands, but also the venues. Many small yet important venues have closed their activity during the pandemic, and that is a hard strike for the bands and the musical scene.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
(David) Well, we stayed in touch with our fans with our facebook page and we tried to spread our music in other countries and i want to say that we reached the target with the help of Tiziana Arnese from Metal Underground Music Machine who helped us during the lockdown. Thanks to her we earned lots of new fans and this is amazing for a band that couldn’t play live!

(Gabriele) metal music has always been in a parallel world.  the fans and musicians are and will always be the same, we just took a break from concerts.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
(David) This is an interesting point. In general metal music is like a monolith, nothing can destroy it but maybe there could be a change in the concepts and in the lirycs because musicians would express their pain and sufferings in creating new music.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
(Gabriele) surely all those who work in the world of music but are not musicians have had the worst situation since they stopped working at any moment.  the musicians, on the other hand, were able to concentrate on writing new music and recording new albums.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
(David) Well, i spent time in listening new music and in general all the albums i ever wanted to listen but i never had the time. I also wanted to re-discover the songs and the records that made me fell in love with heavy metal music when i was a kid.

(Nicco) Kreator – Extreme aggression, At the Gates – Slaughter of the soul, Dark Tranquillity – Fiction, (Gabriele) cheatreal – t+pazolite, The husk – ring of Saturn, Die by the sword – Accept, She thing – Gama bomba, Take – Rissyuu, Strike the earth – Jake Kaufman

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
(Nicco) Rehearsals and writing new music together. Our creative process has always been a collective process with the four of us, and that’s the best part of our time together.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
(Nicco) Well, not during the “core” of the quarantine, but we recently got back to rehearsals and it’s sounds like we need to get back into a good rhythm, but that surely will be ok in just a few weeks. Now it’s time to start our creative process again and we just can’t wait to release some new music!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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