During the Covid 19/Corona virus situation Demon Reports 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 Journalists Vladimir Cincovic had an interview with Bassist Eugene from the Ukrainian groove metal core/progressive Jinjer uprising crushers about the whole Covid 19 situation, how he sees the bands, venues and fans after this situation, what he misses the most during this Corona virus situation, about the live streaming show trends, 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?
”Well, I had quite a lot of things to do during the lock-down. My wife Anna was pregnant when everything got shut down and I of course went to her in Los Angeles next day our Latin American tour was cancelled. I remember we played Heaven and Hell festival in Mexico, and when we went on stage we already knew that was the last show. We all were full of hopes that this thing will end up soon, but at the same time I believe everyone understood that the gig was the last one for a very long time. So but for the Corona I would have been away from my pregnant wife for a quite a time, cause we were planning to tour all Spring long… and in fact when my son was born on June 24th I was supposed to be somewhere in Norway playing a festival. That’s why I always keep saying that it is possible to find positive aspects in almost every bad situation. I didn’t have to go anywhere, I could stay with the woman I love and could help her when she needed me most, but I also managed to do quite a lot music-wise. We started composing for a new record and now have tons of material for the next album. Finally we have a lot of free time and can approach writing next JINJER album in a different way, before this we always spent very very short time writing, which is also cool, you know, you have no time to overthink and deliver what you have on your mind. Now we have all the time of the world and write songs slowly for the first time in our career. Also we never had a chance to film enough play-through videos for our already released material. And this is what I was doing most of the time, practicing and making videos.”
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?
”Man, of course it did affect us in a financial way! 90% of our income was from playing live! It is time to do quite a belt-tightening now. But we are managing through this. Social media is helping a lot. We are connected with our fans, fans are supporting us well during these hard times through merch. I am really proud we were able to go so far, through this without donations or anything like this.”
3. Do you think that the major festival 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?
Major festivals will do fine in my opinion. Of course cancelling 2020 edition is a big loss, but they are an annual event, their brands are well established, fans will get hungry and all of them will be sold out in 2021…. My view on this in short words.Venues are definitely in a worse position, but they will also cope with this if only they manage to wait for the first gigs to happen. They will just raise ticket prices to cover what they have lost on under-selling their capacities due to social distancing restrictions. Venues do not care about their reputation as much as bands and this will be ok for them. Moreover there are a lot of events you can have in a venue not only a live music concert, so even those which before the pandemics were mostly about having live bands playing there will open their doors for a much variety of events. Finally bands, I am sorry to say this but bands will probably never fully recover from this shit, as many bands just won’t survive. This is that everyone is in a very fluid and unstable position now. It is hard to pay wages, and those musicians for whom music wasn’t the main source of income won’t be thinking about touring in the nearest future. Moreover promoters and bookers are changing the rules of the game now, have you heard about Live Nations and their new terms for bands? All risks will be put on musicians, bands’ fees will be cut! And we won’t be able to say NO to this, cause basically the choice is either to play or not to play. And that’s it!”
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 ?
”Like I said above, we did quite a lot of play-through videos so this will be very interesting for fans who play music too. We had time to find quite a lot of exclusive live material and released in the meantime. Also Tatiana and I did a few streams with fans on social media which was very fun.”
5. What do you miss the most? Live shows or being around the people that are close to you?
”I am anyway around people who are close to me. Tati is here in Los Angeles and we see each other from time to time. Most of all I miss my elder son who is with his mother in Kiev now, and I just had to chance to travel there to see him. This is the thing which is literally tearing me apart right now. Of course we chat via Skype but this is not enough at all. I haven’t hugged him for almost half a year and this is the longest time apart we ever spent. Can’t wait for the moment I return to Kiev. And of course I am missing live shows…. Damn, we were touring non stop since 2013, for 7 years… and now no shows for so long. Ok, first two months I probably even enjoyed it in some way, but it is getting too hard, come on, let us play!”
6. Who will suffer the most are those bands, festivals, venues or fans?
”People, those who lost their family members, their jobs, their homes. They suffered the most.”
7. Which record you choose for the isolation theme for this situation, which one fits perfectly for this situation?
”Music I have been listening all this time on lock-down doesn’t differ from what I usually listen to. What can be better now than your favorite band?”
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 will not speculate here on the topic of pandemics itself. I want just to underline that we all need to stay safe and healthy. If this is mandatory to wear mask – wear them and it doesn’t matter whether you believe they work or not! It will help you to stay safe mentally for sure, you won’t get in a fight with anyone on this topic, no quarrels, no arguments, and this is what we all need now – being calm, patient and kind to the others.”
9. What do you think of this live-streaming trend, how does this look and sound to you?
”Well, it is something. I think it can be a cool experience to do this, once or maybe twice…. But this will never substitute a real show! NEVER!”
10. Finally, do you have a message for the fans and the audience in this tough times?
”Like I said, do your best to stay healthy both physically and mentally, be kind to the others even if they have a different opinion, oppose violence. Peace, Love and Harmony to everyone.”
Thank you for the interview, stay safe!
Check out the official live music video for the “Retrospection”, here: