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?
I’m doing okay, as an introvert I enjoy the isolation. But after a while, I kind of hate it. I need to be on stage, I need to be making music with my band. That part of the isolation really got to me.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Mostly just live shows. I’ve always preferred just being in my own space. Reading comic books, listening to music, playing video games. So not a whole lot changed. Just experiencing and creating live music.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It makes it really hard to engage with people. Although social media is a great platform for that. It’s not the same as being in person. You can’t really melt someone’s face off when they can control the volume and put you in the background.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
As Celestial Wizard, we try to keep up on social media, write music, and now, finally, we can perform live. So we can fully engage with our fans the way we want to. The way we need to!
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think, over time, metal will become a place accepting of everyone. We metalheads have been closed in and away from each other. And we are not a force to be locked away. We long for connection and unity. I hope that the pandemic inspires us to connect and grow larger than we’ve ever been before. Metal is for everyone!
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers, promoters…
I think organizers and promoters will suffer the most. Musicians will always find a way to create and engage. We as Celestial Wizard took the time to write and record Winds of the Cosmos during the pandemic. Music will always find a way to be listened.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Jeez, that’s a tricky one. A lot of Slipknot, Motionless in White, and anything heavy and extreme. At first it was probably stuff more mellow. Like Dungeon Synth or Atmospheric Black Metal. But the longer I’m caged up, the more I want to break free and go crazy.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I missed the human connection. The random encounters. I thought I could just board myself up and be away from everyone forever. Live in complete peace. But that was painful. I longed to just bump into some stranger or have an awkward engagement with the Taco Bell employee. I needed humanity again.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We did! It didn’t really feel that different either. Our drummer’s basement was big enough, so we just spread out a little bit and wore masks. I, being the vocalist, was the only one with the mask down. So we all felt really safe. But most of all content. Because we were back to doing the one thing we loved more than anything.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!