In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Olivier Boitel shares his Corona experience with us today.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi! Pretty good at the moment. Things seem to calm down on that front and we’re going back to a normal-ish pace. That monkeypox thing is pretty scary though, let’s hope we’ve learned from the way we dealt with covid and that it’s dealt with quickly.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Thankfully, we didn’t have many things in the works when the pandemic. We had a really nice festival that was cancelled, but other than that, we were planning to focus on writing the 3rd album anyway.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
We’ve lost many bands during these last few years. It killed the drive of many musicians, the source of income for many others. Definitely wasn’t positive for most artists, big and small.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We tried to keep our page interesting and fun during this time. We made funny memes and showed a few teasers for the music to come.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
As you can see with the way things are clearing up, there doesn’t seem to be that much of a difference between the before and after. People want to go see shows, even more, others are still a bit scared of being in public in crowded enclosed spaces. It balances out I think. We’ve played a show recently and it was great.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
The ones that got hurt the most were definitely the venues and bars. Many places closed their doors recently, places we loved to play. It was definitely not a fun time for them.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I’m already someone that likes to isolate, so the playlist didn’t change that much. Many bands had more time to write and release music, which definitely helped fill some time. A lot of big bands released solid albums. For something a little less known, Resolve makes really beautiful poppy metalcore with a progressive edge. They released their first album, Between Me And The Machine, which everyone should listen to. Fall of Stasis is also great, though it’s much more of a folk metal type of sound. If that’s more your style, check it out.
We’re also releasing new material so that’s been the soundtrack obviously. Check out Practice What You Preach and Exiled if you have the chance. “At The Center of it All – Chapter I” is coming out on September 23rd with 4 other songs.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
There was a little while when we literally didn’t practice as a band. That was pretty demoralizing. To go from practicing almost weekly to none times wasn’t fun. The same goes for just doing stuff with people, even for me the vampire who never goes in the sun.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We gradually went back to having more band rehearsals. We’ve been careful. Now it’s pretty much back to normal, it’s a lot more fun that’s for sure. Practicing new songs is always fun.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!