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 Bamberg, Bavaria, in front of a bombastic Varus, Konstantin Raab (lead vocals/keyboards/flutes) shares his thoughts with us.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hey there! We’re doing quite alright at the moment. Fortunately, we’re busy releasing our new album “A New Dawn”, even during the whole crisis.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Unfortunately, a few great shows and festivals have been cancelled or mostly postponed. Actually, we were really looking forward to a great show in our hometown of Bamberg on the 1st of May, as well as an amazing open air festival in Germany and one in the Czech Republic. The latter would have been our first international concert, so it’s really sad.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Lots of bands that are doing it for a living and especially those that rely on live gigs are struggling heavily at the moment. On our side, we‘re mourning over all the good chances to get our music out on stage to people that have never heard us. To be honest, I think that‘s the heaviest impact on smaller bands, as they use gigs as a very effective form of promotion.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Currently, we‘re creating lots of content for our fans. With that I mean making of videos, posting some live footage and of course, the album release should have a good impact as well. So with that, we‘d like to give people some hope and motivation, as that’s what our music is mostly about.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I’ve got high hopes that it’ll just “explode” as soon as the first live shows come back. When there’s a live environment again, it may feel like the first time ever, with everybody getting goosebumps and being totally into it. It sounds like a vision but the metal community is strong and it will be an amazing feeling, maybe even stronger than before.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
All of them will and are already struggling. No one can live without the other, so this construction unfortunately seems to break down already.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Now I can’t speak for everyone in the group but my soundtrack consists of Viking/Folk Metal (Manegarm, Svartsot, Falkenbach) and on the opposite Progressive/Folk Rock, mostly Jethro Tull. It’s a good and diverse range so you won‘t get bored that easy.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Just going out and having a beer or two with friends. Not only did the music live scene fade away at the moment but also the social interaction between people in general. This can be very depressing over time, even if you‘re somebody who likes being alone most of the time.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No, according to the restrictions here in the state of Bavaria (Germany), it’s not allowed and not possible. We wish we could rehearse and even do a live stream for the album release. Now we‘re checking alternatives with online rehearsals but haven‘t found any good and reliable solution yet. As there‘s no gigs and the album is all finished, it’s not that hard to not rehearse because of the musical aspects but after a while you miss your bandmates and making music together.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
You’re welcome, mate! Thank you so much for having is! Stay safe, healthy and all the best to you! We’ll get through this all together.