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Steinbock: 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. Today, we are traveling to Lleida, Spain to hear what Steinbock have to say about the current situation.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
It seems like the music scene is emerging again from ashes, but not completely. There’s a lot of disinformation and we don’t know when it’s going to be possible to schedule concerts. We try to stay positive, but it doesn’t look good for now.

What have you cancelled / postponed due coronavirus?
Yes. In fact, we were performing in Rome when coronavirus started to appear on TV. The situation in Italy was pretty desperate so we took a plane to Spain and cancelled all concerts in the agenda. We had to tour in Canary Islands and play in some music festivals. It was a pity cause we started this year with a lot of plans and energy.  

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Nowadays the mid-range band subsist thanks to the concerts. Ours concerts are our main tool to make money for the band, to get known and to sell your merch and music. Only the greatest bands can subsist by the merch and royalties generated online. So, economically, it’s destroying us, even more than before. Our reason to exist as a band is the stage and right now, we are staying at home. At the moment, it’s very difficult for us to play live shows with the distance’s policy stayed because the pandemic. Now you need a big concert hall just for a few people, and the organization must guarantee they all are wearing always the mask and maintaining the distances. It’s impossible to live a Rock show with all these rules. 

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
The social media is our main tool now. We are posting acoustic versions, advances, notices, interesting interviews…  

What will metal look like when we re – emerge from isolation?
We think that all this situation will be a punch in the face to all music industries but also the fans now are thirstier than ever. It’s not going to be easy, but with all the public support the metal scene is totally able to rise again. 

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters… 
The first ones who are absorbing the impact directly are festivals. The economic footprint that coronavirus is leaving it’s undeniable. So, if the festivals are suffering it through a hard way, all the scene will be suffering in a way or another. The music industry it’s a big wheel: if you hit one part, then all parts are going to shiver. 

What is your isolation soundtrack?
There’s no time to be sad, we want to be the most energized that ever. Right now, the region where we live is being confined again. We keep rocking every day confined or not. Because of that, we want to dedicate to coronavirus a song: “It won’t suck itself” from Steel Panther. Hell yeah!

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
It’s ok to see your relatives again, but it’s so frustrating not to hug them. This is the worst part of distancing. 

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like? 
During quarantine we were limited to play alone at home due to our country rules. It’s better than nothing! 

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks for this interview, and remember to keep rocking, no matter what!


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