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Sufosia: Quarantine Story

by Mislav Mihaljević

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. The guitarist and singer of Croatian Melodic Metal band Sufosia, Davor Garašić shares his views about the days in quarantine.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello. I’m doing fine considering the circumstances. Following the guidelines, fixing the house and hoping this will all be over soon.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Our plan for 2020 was releasing two videos for the songs from our upcoming 3rd album followed by the release of the album itself. We started recording the video for the first song in early March but we couldn’t finish in time before the lockdown. Hopefully we will be able to finish it soon and proceed with our plans.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
The bands are meant to play live in front of people and interact with them. Audience involvement is the main reason every concert is unique and special. Live streaming lacks that. Musicians can’t see the audience and people most certainly won’t dance or clap in front of their screens.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We try to do what everybody else is doing. Releasing a video or a photo every now and then hoping we won’t be forgotten.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal music scene in Croatia wasn’t brilliant before the pandemic. Hoping that it will be better afterwards doesn’t make much sense. We can only hope for the best…

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
As far as earning money goes – musicians. In the worst case scenario organizers and promoters will find something else to organize and promote. Musicians will remain at the bottom of the food chain.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I’m still trying to figure that out. Once I do I’ll record it.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Everyday activities that we used to take for granted. Going to the gym, going out for coffee or beer, movies… not to mention travelling.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We don’t have rehearsals. We exchange ideas and create new material but that’s far from what we are used to. It just doesn’t feel right…

Thank you for your time, Davor! Stay safe!

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