In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. When classic hard rock collides progressive rock, the result is The Wring! Don Dewulf shares his Quarantine Story.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Good. I live in northern Ontario, Canada. We have not been significantly touched by the virus or its negative ripple. Things are a bit weird but nothing disastrous.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
I haven’t really cancelled or postponed anything, more just adjusting to the new reality and shifting focus to what is possible versus what is not.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I am an independent artist. For me, the global situation created a massive opportunity. World-renowned players are stuck at home… they may have lost their primary revenue source (touring) and they have time on their hands. They are also some of the most gifted and creative people on the planet. It’s unlikely that Project Cipher would have been as fully realized without the pandemic; Beller, Lang and Bonilla would have been too busy!
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
The internet is our Excalibur as the beast slouches toward Bethlehem, excusing my mixed metaphors
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal fans are like no other. They are not fickle. They are not trendy. They are the US Marine Corp of popular culture – leave no one behind. Once the cage opens, they will spill into the streets to find venues, buy T-shirts and haunt the clubs again.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Music is my passion but I feed my family with other sources of revenue. It would be hypocritical of me to comment on the plight of those that need music money to live.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
I am releasing The Wring2 – Project Cipher on May 28, 2021. The Wring3 is already written and partially tracked. Those albums will be my soundtrack.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
There is nothing in the world that can recreate the neural response of a cranked Marshall. My current living arrangement does not permit that. Ouch!
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Me, myself, and I.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!