During the Covid 19/Corona virus situation Demon Reports team had the idea to do the interview with artists and the bands from all over the world about this situation and global pandemic. In this interview one of our Journalist Vladimir Cincovic was having a interview with Guitarist Allan from Danish melodic death titans Withering Surface about the whole Covid 19 situation, how does he sees the bands, venues and fans after this situation, what does he misses the most during this Corona virus situation, about the live streaming show trends, more exclusive details, below:
1. During the Corona virus/Covid 19 situation, what was the main thing that keep you occupied during the lock-down, did it helped in the creative way, like creating new music, songs, ideas, etc?
”Hi there. I’m Allan, one of the guitarists in Withering Surface. I hope you are all doing well. As we were just launching our re-union of Withering Surface and our comeback album Meet Your Maker, I did not feel like sitting down and write a bunch of new songs. It’s too soon. We have spent a lot of time on interviews and other promotion of the album, coming up with different ideas to make the most of the situation. We’d rather be out playing the new songs for our fans, but that can wait. Personally, I’m the graphic guy in the band so I’ve spent a lot of time doing all sorts of visual stuff all the way from a small patch to posters, shirts and stage decoration.”
2. How did this situation affected you in the promotional way, since the shows are not allowed, did the social media helped in promotional way, also did this situation affected you in financial way, as well?
”The social media is always a good help and we would have used them in promoting our comeback anyways. But its a good way to stay in touch with the fans when you can’t get out and meet them in the venues… As my band just re-united and as none of us are dependent on revenues from playing music, we’ll be fine. But it is a whole different situation for the launch of our reunion and the comeback album.”
3. Do you think that the major festivals and venues, as well the other bands would easily recover from this situation and how much will take your band to recover in your own opinion?
”I think it will take a long time for the venues to recover. It’s a very difficult situation with no income and the near future will be difficult with limited income. In the long run there will be all kinds of restriction that you’ll have to consider and it will take time and lots of money to cover the losses.”
4. How do you interact with fans during this situation, what will you do to be there for your fans, would you live stream maybe your shows, or something else that can be interesting for your fans ?
”We are holding back our live performances to when we can get our and play IRL. It would make no sense for us to play the first concert in 15 years in a live stream. As I mentioned earlier, we are communicating with our fans through social media and will always do that. We are in the middle of arranging a live Q&A for our album release though…”
5. What do you miss the most? Live shows or being around the people that are close to you?
”As a band, live shows, no doubt. And rehearsing!”
6. Who will suffer the most are those bands, festivals, venues or fans?
”It depends on the level of your game, I guess… Large festivals with big sponsors will be fine, but the small venues who are dependent on a daily income to pay the bills that will not go away will have a hard time surviving this. Band-wise, if you are a small band like us, not depending on income from our music or if you are a multi-million operation, you’ll probably get by. But the middle range bands who are living from touring, will suffer a great deal. Of course because of the situation right now, but for the whole next year, it will be hard to get paid properly from the affected venues and there will be an enormous supply bands wanting to tour. But a group of people that are really overlooked are the sound engineers, stage techs and roadies. They have no income at all. They have no merchandise, record or stream revenues and all they can do is sit around and wait for the bands to tour. At least the artist can connect with fans and market them selves via social media and they can stay home, plan the future and write the next record.”
7. Which record you choose for the isolation theme for this situation, which one fits perfectly for this situation?
”That would be our own album Meet Your Maker which is released on June 19th through Mighty Media/Target Group. Of course it’s lame and egocentric to pick your own album, but man, I have worked a lot on this release for the last three months. I wouldn’t have had the time to put as much effort into it if it wasn’t for the pandemic. Also we deal with several topics about being alone/lonely and evaluating your own life and how you live it. Pretty significant in this situation…”
8. How do you personally see this global pandemic, do you have advice for fans and the other bands – how to easily overcome this situation?
”I see it as an opportunity to catch up on projects that I have neglected and to focus on important details. Remember, much more than yourself is at stake here. It might be annoying that you can’t see your friends as much as you’d like to, but take it easy and do whatever you can to get through this situation.”
9. What do you think of this live-streaming trend, how does this look and sound to you?
”I think it is a great idea to reach the fans in this way. I’ve watched a few and it’s fun to watch for 10 minutes. But as it’s not the real thing, people will grow tired of it and the whole concept will die out quickly.”
10. Finally, do you have a message for the fans and the audience in this tough times?
”Be patient, this will pass and we will be stronger together on the other side. Take care and take precautions. It’s not for fun and if everybody act accordingly and think about the bigger picture before their own insignificant life, it will be over quicker.
Thank you for the interview, stay safe!
No problem, you too. And thanks!
Check out the official music video for the ”Alone”,here: