In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. From Texas, US, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist of black metal band Sinira, Knell, speaks his Quarantine Story.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I am staying busy believe it or not. I don’t have as much time as I’d like to write music but hopefully that will change in the upcoming months.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Funny enough I did have a show planned in San Antonio right when the outbreak occured. I was pretty bummed to hear about the cancellation but I’m curtain I’m not the only one who feels that way.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It’s hard for me to speak for others but I assume that it’s affecting them the same as it is me. I believe solo artists have a slight edge over bands because shut downs and restrictions make it difficult to practice together or compose together. Being the composer of this project not much has changed in terms of production. People are just being pushed to be more creative online.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Same as before. I keep in contact with them through Instagram and emails.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Hopefully everyone will appreciate concerts more than before. I hope to see more people attending them and supporting bands even more.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I feel the organizers have suffered the most during this. Musicians can find ways around not playing live but organizers for events might be struggling more. I’m sure there are other things to organize though.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
More often than not; silence in a dark room.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
During lockdowns I missed going to record stores in Houston the most. I would spend hours on end just jumping around from either Sound Exchange, Vinal Edge or Cactus.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
I still practice my songs the most I can but I have returned to school and work full time. I’m just playing enough to keep my abilities sharp.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you for your time. Take care.