In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Founder of Serbian Epic Power Metal band Claymorean, Vladimir Garčević (Vlad Invictus) speaks for Metal Jacket Magazine.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello there! I’m doing pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good. In fact, I’ve been eager for quite some time to keep social mingling at low point and this thing with corona was like a bingo, a lottery, you name it.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Personally, I had to cancel the recording of the final 5 songs of Corpus Delicti, an orthodox hardcore punk band I’m involved with.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
We all know how music industry works for quite some time and this pandemic has to be a plague for the touring bands, especially for those whose income comes from their music. It’s a tough situation for almost everyone on the planet.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Fans? Who said we have fans?
You have me, if it counts.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Music will be more or less the same, or even better, since band composers now have more time to concentrate on writing songs. Concerts will be a thing to wish upon for a while, sadly.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Everyone, as I said earlier. So, the best way to help keeping metal alive and well is keep buying music and merch from bands and labels, and also not asking for a refund for a canceled show or festival. Maybe organizing a crowdfunding campaign for promoters and organizers who suffered the most.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
80’s metal mostly, but I’m keeping up with the new releases too. It differs from day to day.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I don’t miss much. I’ve been practicing social distancing for many years, haha. I miss seeing my family and friends the most.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Oh, yes. We’ve been recording these “Isolation Covers” from the first day of quarantine. We recorded 13 so far and then we realized “hey, we could be writing our own songs for the new material”, and so we did. I’m happy we’re in quarantine together, but we miss the involvement of the other three members, even though they all have marvelous ideas which they send me frequently.
Thank you for your time! Stay safe!
Thank you for having us on your interview. Stay safe and stay Metal!
Photo credit: Igor Stanić