In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Band Prevail speaks about his days spent in isolation.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We are doing fine. Some of us are enjoying with their new family members, little babies (congrats Pere!), others are working and, of course, making new Prevail songs and riffs.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Well, since our drummer Pere’s son was recently born, everything but family life was cancelled or postponed for him, with or without coronavirus. 😀 The band itself had no planned gigs, just rehearsals and we did cancel those just to be safe, especially since two of our members are doctors who work in hospital in Split.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
This outbreak impacted bands and the whole music industry very deeply. In all this chaos, musicians and artists were forced to lay low and let the essential personnel step in the spotlight. Hardest blow to any band is of course the inability to perform, to have gigs. That diminishes the band’s form and their contact with fans.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
It is difficult to keep your fans during this period. The main connection of the band and the fans is on the stage. In the spotlight. That direct physical contact is essential for band-fan connection. You can try to keep that via social networks or via Youtube but that is nothing compared to real gigs.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal will probably e more aggressive after this outbreak. Musicians are accumulating energy that they usually spend on gigs. And lots of that energy is negative, made by the frustration of inability to play music. Humans are social beings, and this isolation from others can create lots of negative energy that metalheads can use to do some juicy aggressive metal.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
All of us will suffer pretty much the same. Promotors and organizers depend on the musicians and vice versa. For the musicians, this is financial and also psychological impact, and for promotors and organizers is mainly financial.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Davor has been listening to a lot of stuff, just to chill after work at the hospital, Boris checked out the new EP by the Dance Of The Dead. Deni says he’s been listening to the directions of the Civil Headquaters, and when that was off he was blasting some Rage Against The Machine in hope that there will be a concert in September. Pere was enjoying rockabilly and recently also the new Thompson song, while Toni mixed a lot of stuff, but mostly listened to some instrumental modern metal
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
We miss each other the most. Band members are like brothers. The energy that we share during rehearsals and gigs, and also the beer we share on those chill days when you are too lazy to play your instrument.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Well as many other bands we weren’t able to rehearse in our garage so we practiced individually at home. Just now as one of us is writing this we are arranging our first rehearsal in two months, and that is making us happy. Of course, we will have our rehearsal according to epidemiological guidelines. Masks on! Cheers friends! Prevail