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Within Nostalgia: Quarantine Story

by Metal Jacket

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Today, we present you Within Nostalgia, Canadian post black metal band.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hey there! Thanks for the interview. I’m actually doing pretty well considering the state of the world at the moment. Back in March, I was laid off from my full-time job for seven months which actually allowed me the time to work on myself and my music. I was going through kind of a rough time in my life, personally and mentally and so it kind of became a blessing in disguise for me. I am now back working full time but have kept the perspective of life that had changed my state of mind through the time I had off.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We haven’t actually had to cancel or postpone any gigs but the pandemic is definitely preventing us from booking any future gigs. We would have wanted to have a CD release party for this upcoming album but we have been talking about doing an online live stream in the future.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
All bands are feeling the effects of the pandemic, especially the bands who play for a living and rely on the income from live shows and tours. Bands can still sell merch online and receive donations or charge tickets for online shows but it’s definitely not the same.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We have always tried to make an online presence through social media but more so now than ever. We try to consistently make posts and release content to keep the attention of fans online and to create new fans.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I’m hoping that metal will thrive the same as before or even more so. It’s hard to say which way it will go but I hope that because people haven’t been able to attend any shows they will have more support for them and the bands coming out of this.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I feel like anyone involved in the music industry that relies on the income from what they do, whether its musicians, promoters or venue owners, will suffer just as much from this pandemic and definitely already have taken a big hit financially, and I’m sure mentally as well.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Spending a lot of time alone through all of this, I have really gotten into any and all Devin Townsend. I wouldn’t be able to pick a specific song but I’ve spent a lot of hours listening to all of his albums.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Gigs are definitely the main thing that I miss through all of this but I also miss the social aspect of it all. Before the pandemic, shows and after-parties would be my main social life and without it, there have been a lot of friends I haven’t seen in a long time. I also haven’t been able to see family that I would normally see and I miss them as well.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
For me personally, I haven’t jammed with anyone other than Kye. I’ve been trying to find a rehearsal space for almost a year now and still searching. I’ve been jamming with myself a lot at home, but living in an apartment building forces me to keep the volume down or put on headphones. It works and is fun but does not compete with jamming with friends and cranking the volume!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!


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