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The Outsider: 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. If The Outsider does not tickle your imagination, nothing will! 

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I am fine overall, thanks. It is a very difficult time but since it is totally out of my control, I am taking the time at home to do something good, mainly writing music, a LOT of music.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Well, since my band is a one-man-band and I don’t play live, there were fortunately no shows to be affected, but I just released and album in April and I was planning a local release party with friends and fans on a bar or something, maybe with a press conference and definitely merch from the album on sale, but it did not happen, and I was not able to even have a physical edition of it done, I don’t think the release party will happen now and the merch and CD’s will have to wait some months.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It is definitely impacting every band in many ways, in some cases in a very dramatic way, many lost a lot of money that they invested on tours that had to stop or even got completely cancelled, I have also heard of bands that printed hundreds of merch pieces for those tours and now they can’t sell them so easily. Besides that, many musicians have other jobs directly related to live shows, like being promoters, staff or performing in covers bands or weekly basis shows, so it has been a very rough time, fortunately many have found a way to keep it up.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Due the fact that I just released an album and I am promoting it a lot, there is always stuff to post on my social media, I am also thinking oo recording some more visual material, like playthroughs or vocal covers.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Definitely there will be a lot of new music, many bands are taking the time to write music (like myself), and definitely there will be music and songs about it. I also think that this situation has the potential to cause a direction shift on music (specially on metal), maybe it turns darker, maybe not. In terms of the industry, there MUST be a change since we are all realizing how fragile can be our job and income, many things can be done, I think this subject can be widely discussed.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
It is difficult to tell, Musicians, promoters, venue owners and staff are all suffering losses and are going through a rough time.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I have been listening to a lot of drone, noise and very strange music lately, also a lot of jazz, fusion jazz and free jazz, weird music for weird times I guess.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I guess sharing a beer with my friends at a bar, I am not a very social person so I am ok with staying home for days, besides that the city where I live is very messy (Mexico City) so I definitely don’t miss stepping into an extremely crowded subway.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Well, since I don’t play live there is nothing to rehearse, as I said I have been writing a lot of music and recording a lot of demos, so far those are great but quite strange, I guess I am writing strange music for this strange times

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Cheers!

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