In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Have you ever heard about the Jedi Metal? From Pennsylvania, USA, Connor McCray (guitar, bass, orchestration) of Vis Mystica will lead you to the new realm of metal. May the Force be with you!
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Doing as well as I can be in this tough time! Definitely trying my best to stay busy and get a lot of music done for the band.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
A tour and several high profile gigs, sadly. We were due to open for Michael Angelo Batio in August, which was a painful cancellation.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Obviously, the live music aspect of it has been the most glaring impact on bands but I believe the mental health aspect of it has also caused friction between many bands.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Trying to remain as in touch with them as possible on social media and releasing new music as often as we can to keep them entertained!
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think we’ll see a more unified scene and less of a contest to see who will become the most commercially relevant band to make fun of.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
The venues, above all else. It’s been saddening and horrifying to see so many venues across the USA that I love so much have to permanently close their doors due to this awful pandemic.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Lots and lots of Power Metal! Bands like Rhapsody, Operus, Twilight Force, and Eternity’s End.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I definitely miss meeting random people at shows and seeing cool landmarks in the various cities we travel through. Also, getting free beers!
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
None as yet, sadly. Vis Mystica is separated by a pretty long distance so it would irresponsible of us to travel in these times.