In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Jarosław Niemiec, Saratan’s vocalist and multi instrumentalist speaks how he deals with the current situation.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello! We are fine. We are stuck at our homes as almost everyone. We keep our fingers crossed to get back to our normal activities very soon.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had to reschedule the recording session for our new album. We wanted to start recordings in the beginning of April, but it looks like we will do that in June 2020. If everything goes smooth, we should still finish it before 2020 ends. Since our last Ep – “Dark Orient”, Saratan is more a studio project than a touring band. We didn’t have any live shows planned, so we didn’t have to cancel anything.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
As everyone knows because of canceled tours and festivals, everyone in the industry is loosing, or not earning money. A lot of bands gets money mostly from gigs and their merch sold on tour. Some bands had to put their money in flights, merch production or visas for upcoming tours and now they are left with huge debts…
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Our plan was to record new album and deliver some new music. Just 2 weeks ago I have released my solo Ep, entitled “Serzemin” with ethnic music. We try to be productive even if we’re stuck at homes.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I suppose it will be the same as before Covid. It has stopped the tours and gigs, but it shouldn’t affect the music itself.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
In my opinion promoters, booking agencies and crew members. Especially smaller companies and their employees. Of course it will depend on how long it will take to have live shows again. The bands may stay productive, record new music, sell merch online etc. Promoters still work, they book tours and shows, but actually no one knows when there will be no restrictions or bans. So there is a risk that some of their upcoming events are not going to happen.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
The same music as before the pandemia – in this case nothing changed. Mostly older stuff, last bands I have listened to: Swallow the Sun, Anaal Nathrakh, Secrets of the Moon
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Freedom of movement and traveling for sure! And I miss calm and times where you could check the web or watch tv and see something else, not Covid related news only. A lot of things happens in the world every day, but almost everything is covered by pandemia related news.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We should have it, but the place where we should play was closed. Right now we work on our new stuff at our homes. As soon as possible we hit the studio.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you very much!