In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Matteo Capozucca, bassist of Italian Blackened Gothic Doom Metal band Shores Of Null shares his story with us.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi! These have been tough months for sure. The whole world is forced to come to terms with a virus is something unprecedented, and everyone is dealing with this new situation in his own personal way, both mentally and practically. As a band, we used the extra time at home to focus, among other things, on the many promotional activities for the new album which will come out on November 27th.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We were quite lucky compared to other bands since we finished the recordings of our next two albums just before the pandemic. This also means that the programmed live activity was not really intense, but still, we had to postpone our presence at Metal Days Festival to 2021.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Obviously the impact has been huge. It is a new world we live in now (at least until we have a safe vaccine at the disposal of the majority of the population) so every band, especially those who used to live with music and live performances had to re-tune the way they can generate incomes. Streaming concerts live on social media has been one of the main solutions, but in general, every band needs to be creative in the way it promotes itself.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Mainly with an intense social media activity, publishing anticipations of our new album, opening pre-orders for our new merchandise, trying to be closer with the fans in general.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
My optimistic view is that everyone will be so hungry for live metal music that the first gigs and festivals will be incredible. I am really looking forward to it. Also, I can’t wait to play this new one-track album live, I think it will create a great show for the audience.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers, promoters…
Everyone in the music industry has been hit really hard by all of this. I am not able to say which of these groups is suffering the most, but it’s definitely a hard time for the whole music sector.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
My playlist did not change much because of the pandemic. I always listen to a lot of dark metal (Gothic, Black, Doom), and when I want to get some energy I lean towards Death or Heavy Metal.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I live abroad, so the connections with Italy, my home country, are definitely much more difficult. You can’t simply come and go whenever you want, you are restricted by national regulations, flight cancellations, mandatory quarantines, and so on. I could go back to Italy and then be forced to stay by a sudden lockdown, which obviously creates a lot of practical issues when you have your life settled in another country.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
As I said I live abroad, so basically I stopped having rehearsals regularly with the other guys of the band when I moved two years ago. They had rehearsals sometimes, but obviously, the lockdown and the absence of live activity reduced the number of meetings to the minimum. Anyway, I have to guess they look the same as always.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!