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The Design Abstract: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Symphonic/industrial melodeath band The Design Abstract share their Quarantine Story.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We’ve been getting a lot done.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Well I lost my job and ended up with a significantly better one. That was cool.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Hopefully, it forced them to spend more time at home with the metronome, just generally speaking.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Our fans and we have a mutual understanding that we ignore all social media except when we are promoting the newest release, which happens at a frequency bordering on alarming.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Well, a lot of people that had issues with the mask mandates, vaccines, and other prevention measures seemed to sooner or later sort themselves out.

As far as metal specifically, I think it’s about the same as how we left it, with a few more iconic albums that were released during the chaos.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…

I think everyone suffered in different ways. The worst part for us was not being able to record in proximity to each other. It delayed the production of some things.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I recently started checking out Soilwork’s back-catalog.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
As mentioned, the toughest thing for us was not being able to show up and record parts when we needed to. Some things we could do over the internet, but not everything.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We have yet to have any actual rehearsals with the current lineup; everyone practices on their own time and records their parts individually!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!


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