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Varius: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner

Vlad Prokhorov, drummer of Varius, Canadian melodic death metal band, speaks about his Corona experience.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I’m still here, and healthy. One of the lucky ones.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
I have cancelled my entire life, which has been an absolute blessing for me personally, a break from the rat race opens your eyes to what is actually important. In terms of music, the only thing Varius has had to postpone have been shows and practices at the start of this thing, but I played a few live stream shows with my other project, so that was fun.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
The pandemic is directly impacting bands for sure, financially bands are doing terrible, with no tours and no in-person merch sales. For the bands that are hardworking and inspired, I think on a creative level this pandemic is actually helpful. Tons of great bands are writing great material.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We are keeping our fans starving and drooling for more Varius material by slightly teasing this new EP release a few months back, and now we are starting the PR campaign until the release date, couldn’t be more excited!

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think metal will be just fine. I could see a lot more aggression being released through the music, especially lyrically, which is always great to see.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Everyone is suffering as a whole, but everyone working behind the scenes in live music and the musicians suffered the most, I think.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
When the pandemic started I was really digging Snarky Puppy, Animals as Leaders, Sabaton, revisiting old Fear Factory, Dirty Loops, stuff like that.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I just miss the community vibe of the music scene, networking, meeting fans, meeting bands I’m a fan of, etc.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Rehearsals with Varius started back up, it’s us 4, in a basement, with an in-ear monitoring rig, just jamming away. My other project has been practicing as well.

Thank you so much, stay safe!
Thanks for the questions, that was fun. Stay safe and see you in the pit… Eventually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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