In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Ainur will release “War Of The Jewels” on March 19th. In front of Progressive Rock Orchestra inspired by Tolkien’s world. Alex Armuschio (composer, keyboards, lead and background vocals) shares Quarantine Story with us.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I slept! No, I’m joking! I used that strange time to pass time with my family: we watched some series together, we played table games, we took time for ourselves. Personally, I also played my keyboard and I read a lot.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Of course, we had to. We had the release of our new album “War Of The Jewels” programmed for the first days of Italian quarantine… We decided to postpone that a year later, but here we are now: “War of The Jewels” will be released on March, 19th! Hoping that this strange situation will end soon! Of course we also had to cancel some live shows. But we are confident we can do these very soon!
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Together with a lot of other things, music is an activity you must FEEL. And in this pandemic period, it’s very difficult to find a way to make music with the same feeling as when we did it only one year ago: streaming concerts could never replace live music.
But… As we are obliged to have the internet as the only media communication, musicians and bands now must learn how to move in this new world.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We had this idea to create a song for the period. As we are a Progressive Rock Orchestra inspired by Tolkien’s world, we have to find something relevant to say in the song. We found a similar pandemic in The Lord of The Rings appendices that happened in Gondor during the Third Age. So we wrote “Shadow From The East” everybody at his home and we also made a collage-video: this song will remind us forever of the hard time we went through.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I don’t think Metal or other Musical genres will be modified from this isolation. Maybe we will see differences in the way we record an album or we mix/mastering that….but I think the genres will stay unchanged. Plus, Metal will live forever!
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Probably there’s no difference between musicians, organizers, promoters… Very friends of ours worked like technicians and they had to change their job during the pandemic. Promoters had to modify their knowledge and sometimes they gave up in front of this situation. I really hope that this will pass as soon as possible.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Ainur, of course. 😉 A part of our own music (old, new, and yet unreleased), I listened a lot to Dream Theater, Transatlantic, and Pooh. I also listened to big operas like Ayreon and Avantasia. Lastly Prog never fails from my soundtracks: Zappa, Yes, ELP, and Gentle Giant.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I missed a lot seeing my friends and my parents. Video call is a great innovation, but hugging a friend or a relative is something you can not replace.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We had a lot of virtual-briefing for the delay of the release of the new album. Then, we made 3 or 4 rehearsals only with 4 musicians just to play the new songs. We have the Ainur Studio 2.0 that is very large and we can respect social distancing. We look forward to making a rehearsal with all 12 musicians of Ainur!
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!