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Witche’s Brew: 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. In front of Italian hard rockers Witche’s Brew  vocalist Mark Blacks and guitarist Mirko Bosco are talking about their Corona experience.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Mark: Hi! Thanks for having us here! Well, it is a very strange situation. As we all know, the whole world had to stop for a few months, including the music industry, and indirectly all musicians had to do it too. It’s not a normal everyday situation, we just have to cope with it, but I must say that technology helps a lot to keep in contact with others, and in some cases to keep on working from a distance. The band never really stopped working, during this period we used our time to write some new material for our future albums.

What have you cancelled/postponed due to coronavirus?
Mark: We had some big Open air festivals scheduled for the summer, and all this was cancelled. To be precise, I should actually say that nothing was really cancelled but only postponed to next year, so we’ll just have to wait.
Mirko: Also, unfortunately, we had to postpone all the releases of singles and the album, but everything is getting back on track now, the first single Find a Way is out on all the major platforms (Spotify, iTunes, etc), our new video is out on VEVO, the second single is scheduled to be out on the 11th of September, and the album will be released shortly after that, so everything is really only delayed.

How is the global coronavirus pandemic directly impacting the bands?
Mirko: As we said, it has delayed the whole music industry, nobody was immune to the blockage, we have a strong and expert backup team of management, producer and label working alongside with us, and we’ve been hit hard, but for the bands whose gigs and recordings and whatever else has been completely canceled it has been in some cases disastrous, they have my full support.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Mark: We are constantly posting on our social media to keep the vibe alive! We also managed to record some acoustic material from a distance, to put it all together and to post it for the fans and they loved it! We had a great response!

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Mirko:
Stronger than before, music is like food, you need it to feed your soul, people are starving for new stuff to bite into it, it had its ups and downs before, but it always came back on top, it takes more than a pandemic to stop such a powerful force. Try to take a wild beast in a cage for a few months, do you really think that when you open the door it’s gonna come out purring?

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Mark: I think it’s a general situation, so we will all suffer from it, but I want to stay positive and believe that everything will get back to normal as soon as possible.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Mark: I’ve actually gone back to listening to all my favorite songs, maybe the ones I haven’t listened too for quite a while. But if I have to name one I would say “Hooligans Holiday” by Mötley Crüe.
Mirko: Well, I actually spent most of time writing new material so I think it is safe to say that my isolation soundtrack is something that’s not been heard yet.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Mirko: Hanging out with my pals, having a drink in a crowded pub having a laugh and shooting the shit just for the sake of it. Basically everything you take for granted.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Mirko:
Yes we had but we had to reinvent the whole experience, of course nobody could meet in any particular place so it was to be done from each of our own personal spaces, through the internet, it was something different for me but hey, you make the best of a bad situation and I came to find out that I actually learned something from it.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Mirko:
Thank you for giving us some of your time, see you on the road!!!

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