In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Ivett Dudás speaks about her experience with coronavirus in front of Hungarian Symphonic Power/Gothic Metal band Tales Of Evening.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Thank you for asking, we are doing great. At the beginning it was not so easy, because all of us had to learn the new situation and we have to live with it. Of course sometimes it is hard, but the best what we can do is think positive and get the best out from this period.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
As corona turned up in Hungary, we were already on our last minute tour with Rhapsody of Fire. Unfortunately we had to break the tour and it ended for us two shows earlier in Zagreb. All of us were worried about it, but the most important thing was, that everybody came home safe and healthy. In Hungary were all concerts and festivals cancelled until the middle of August and this affects us strongly, because the most important gigs for us were cancelled. I hope, that the corona situation will alleviate soon and then everything returns to its original state.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
All the festivals and the most important shows of the year should have started in the summer, and all of them are cancelled now. Nobody thought, that the pandemic will keep so long. But as I said, we have to push the things in a positive way. Now we have time to write new songs, to plan the future and to reevaluate everything. So I think it is a good period to be creative and I think that we should turn it to our advantage.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We try to share our all days via the social platforms, we share our feelings, and show how we survive. We are working on many things. Our new album is in the progress, we have a lot of plans that we are working on in the background.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I hope that it will look the same as before, I don’t think that metal will be weaken. For sure the fans and also the musicians will be very hungry for the live shows and festivals.
I expect a big blast if the restrictions will be abolished.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Everybody is suffering, that is the fact. Some survive somehow, some lose their jobs. I hope that everybody can get out the best from this situation and can stand up or do further their jobs. I really hope for all people the best.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Hmmmm, it is a good question, and I can’t choose, because I have so many!
The best songs are songs which make me happy or bring me into a funny mood. But the most beautiful is when I wake up and hear the birds. By the way I live in Budapest, almost in the center, but because of corona I moved with Christian (guitarist) to his parents to a small city. From this reason I really enjoy the sound of nature. I mean the chirping of birds, the sound of cicadas. I know it is not a sound, but what I mostly like are the stars at night.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
My family, my friends and everything we have been limited in!
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No, unfortunately we had not any rehearsals, because the situation came so fast, and all of us were a bit shocked of it. And the other reason, that our life is not that we lived before, so we all had to learn to handle this. For example I have now more work and as I told I moved from Budapest, so many things changed. And you know, then the restrictions came, so we were not allowed to move anywhere, if we wanted. Now the limitations have been eased somewhat, but we are still careful with moving. I hope that in the near future we can meet us with the guys, because we miss each other a lot. Until then we work on the upcoming album.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you for the invitation! I wish you all the best. Stay safe, stay healthy and keep on metal!