In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. The two sisters of Serbian Oldschool Speed/Thrash Metal Metal band Jenner, Aleksandra Stamenković, and Marija Dragićević share their thoughts about days in quarantine.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Marija: “Well, we were caught up in all this situation, but for example, not much has changed in my private life, because I am almost all the time at home with my children.”
Aleksandra: “The situation is as it is, but we try to get the best out of it. I personally like to take a little break from everything and plan my time by myself. I’m never bored.”
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Marija: “Since we released the EP just before the pandemic, we had in mind that we would promote it on European level. Among other things, we canceled the Majales Hardcore Festival in the Czech Republic, which we were eagerly awaiting, as our first appearance in that country.”
Aleksandra: “We didn’t even get to schedule all the gigs we’ve planed. We’re not very lucky as a band, haha.”
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Aleksandra: “I think the pandemic has the biggest impact on bands that are professionally involved in music and make a living from it. We, the small underground bands can wait a few months and nothing special will change.”
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Marija: “As I’ve said before, the EP came out just before the pandemic, and the video for the “Night without dawn” has been recorded at the last moment before the state of emergency in Serbia, so we were able to keep up and get people interested in hearing our new material – thanks to internet!”
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Marija: “The Underground scene in Serbia has already fallen apart enough, so i think it will be even more disastrous. Still, I hope the bands will manage to keep it going!”
Aleksandra : “I think everything will stay the same. Maybe the first couple of bigger gigs will be more attended than before, because everyone missed going outs and hanging out together.”
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Marija: “I’m not sure. In the Balkans, bands generally don’t play metal to make a living, we all have our primary jobs. Larger bands will have problems, just like the organizers.”
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Marija: “Personally mine – Danger Danger – Hold on Maria. A song that seriously helps me cope with all the responsibilities I have on a daily basis and maintains some level of optimism in me.”
Aleksandra: “Honestly, the only song I will remember this period is a song from a band / project that I recently started with my boyfriend, Verga – Padam and we even shot a video at home for it.”
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Marija: “I miss my parents the most, they used to come more to see the grandchildren before this situation, to have coffee, to have a chat, etc. And now we talk every day thanks to camera, but of course it’s not the same.”
Aleksandra: “I can’t decide for one. Parents, siblings… “
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Marija: “Unfortunately we don’t, because we are renting a studio, I’ve got back into shape after the second pregnancy and now, who knows when we will be able to practice again.”
Thank you for your time, Marija and Aleksandra! Stay safe!