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SYMPHONITY: 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.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi, we´re doing quite well as a band. We´re working on the new album, which seems to be pretty good, so that´s fine. Anyway, it does not hide the fact that all the things around and all the games of the politicians and media annoy us, because we can´t do what we love to do.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We were on our first European tour one year ago when all this shit became a reality. We had to cancel the last part of this tour (shows in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy). Then we had to postpone our appearance on some big summer festivals such as Masters of Rock in Czech republic. We also planned next European tour for 2020/2021 but it was postponed indefinitely. The same is with summer festivals for 2021 and the autumn 2021. Everyone is careful with planning live shows. I wish I was wrong but I am not too optimistic about live shows this year.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Coronavirus epidemy does not impact bands directly. Restrictions of the governments do. Bands cannot do what they love to do – playing live. Due to this fact, many bands also postpone releasing of new records because they want to support the release with the tour.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We are trying to keep connect with the fans on regular basis mainly through our official website, Facebook and VK page. We are glad that we can be in contact with our fans through some interviews like this one. Many bands experienced online streaming of their “live” shows, but we are not fans of this format. One thing is that the realization is more difficult than it seems. The second, playing live means for us a direct contact with the fans. It´s about giving them our energy and getting their energy and enthusiasm back to us. This unique transition cannot happen during live stream. If other wants to do it, ok, but it´s not our case. We will wait until playing live will be possible again.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
The community of metal fans is very strong and united. I have no fear that metal will weaken due to this situation. The opposite is the truth. Both musicians and fans will be hungrier for live shows so I expect real blast after all of the current restrictions will end. Metal will be stronger than ever before!

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
The question is irrelevant. All of them suffer. If you organize a big metal festival, it is very often your only income through the whole year. If you have to miss it for one year, it can have existential consequences for those who have money in it. If you have to cancel two years in a row, it´s really bad. The same is for musicians. Many metal fans love to go on gigs and summer festivals. I know many people who attend summer festivals as a vacation. They are addicted to it (in a positive way). It´s the most relaxing part of the year for them and they really need it to be mentally fine. The absence of this enjoyment (which seems to be longer term) results into mental suffering for many of them.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Songs for our new album we are working on 😊

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I was asked about the same question about year ago and the answer is still the same, it´s even more urgent than it was before. I miss freedom.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
It’s a problem for us to have rehearsals because whole band is from three different countries and the travelling is restricted. So we are in regular online contact now. We will hopefully meet each other soon.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

Thank you for your questions! All the best to the fans and readers!

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