In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Melodic Black Metal ensemble from Jacksonville, Florida, The Noctambulant, speaks for Metal Jacket Magazine.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We are doing well, staying busy and productive!
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had some local shows cancel and had just begun planning a US tour when all this happened.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It’s caused our livelihood to disappear. Even outside of gigs, a lot of us work in the music industry and that market has all but ceased to exist.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We are doing our best to keep relevant with updates, content, interactions with our audience. That includes doing playthroughs , Q and A’s , and showing that we are still here.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I feel musically metal will be stronger than ever, but I also feel that the old dynamic of large live shows and tours will be changed, at least for the foreseeable future.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Musicians are of course, but I feel venues and organizers are hard hit as well. You can spend 10 years building a festival and suddenly go bankrupt because you can no longer put on your festival.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I’ve really been listening to a lot of albums live missed over the years. Numenorean released a killer album, and so has Ninkharsag. It’s been nice to catch up on my listening.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
The traveling. I love going to new places, meeting the people, exploring the cities and countryside and trying their local foods and beers.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We haven’t been doing a lot of in person practice just yet. Where we are in Florida is a rife with Coronavirus and the numbers are very high. We do a lot on line, though. We write music, and share the files via email to write and build the songs.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!