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Ultimatium: 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.  From deep dark forests of Suomussalmi where Ultimatium was born, keyboardist Matti Pulkkinen talks about his Finnish Corona experience.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Surprisingly nice. Like many Finnish, we have a natural instinct of keeping a long social distance to another. And we like our solitude.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Tuska open air. We were going as regular visitors and it was going to be the best Tuska ever, with Symphony X, Devin Townsend etc, so that was a real bummer…

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
For us, it has not had a lot of effects, we finalized all instruments and vocals before the outbreak and we had no shows planned, so quite a minimal impact. Of course, for a band touring and releasing their new albums it must have been a nightmare. And for roadies/sound engineer etc. especially.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We’ve posted some small detail and pictures of our progression with the new album, so not a lot. And tried not to mention the C-word since I’m pretty sure everybody has had that enough.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Crowded, I think. Seems like all metal news is about band postponing the gigs to later and writing new songs and going to the studio, so the metal year 2021 will be big…

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think it’s the roadies, sound engineers, and other venue workers. Band and musicians can always write new songs and make albums during this time, but what do they do who enable bands to go live? Get another job? And if they manage to get, will they ever come back to the music business?

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Monty Python “Always Looks on the Bright Side of Life”. We’ve been listening to a lot of upbeat 70’s and 80’s songs also.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Going to a small pub without constantly looking over your shoulder if someone is too close and is about to sneeze.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Nah, we’ve been concentrating on getting the album done. We’ve had some mix & master session though. Those sessions have looked the same as always, long-haired and bearded fellows bit drunk trying to stay focused on the music.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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