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 Journalists Vladimir Cincovic had an interview with Vocalist and Guitarist Evan Salvador from USA progressive death metal titans Pile of Priests 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, 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?
”We had a bunch of tasks to complete to gear up for our release that was on May 22nd; such as preparing new merch items, doing interviews and podcasts, finalizing lyric videos, etc. Some creative juices have been flowing since I have been able to play guitar more often.”
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?
”It affected us negatively because we were not able to play a album release show, where we would have been able to sell a bunch of our merch without having to ship it. Along with not being able to gain new fans from live performances. However, I think more people have been adamant about helping out struggling artists during this time and checking out bands they may have neglected before.”
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 fests will probably not suffer nearly as much as venues, especially small venues and DIY spots. We are mostly independently funded, even though we are signed to a label, but since we all have day jobs for our main income source this crisis won’t affect us much. We also don’t actively tour so that hasn’t been a factor for us to worry about. Other bigger bands however, they will suffer and hopefully can make it out of this alive.”
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 have been very active on social media promoting our new album, anything from posting songs to the many reviews coming in. We are planning on doing a live stream concert that will be released later in June as a album release show where fans will be able to donate.”
5. What do you miss the most? Live shows or being around the people that are close to you?
”Both! As an extrovert, quarantine has been hell.”
6. Who will suffer the most are those bands, festivals, venues or fans?
”Bands will suffer the most, I believe.”
7. Which record you choose for the isolation theme for this situation, which one fits perfectly for this situation?
”Definitely Cattle Decapitation’s newest album from 2019, ”Death Atlas”. For obvious reasons!”
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?
”We should listen to people who know what the fuck they are talking about with this shit, not bands or anyone without direct experience and knowledge of situations like this.”
9. What do you think of this live-streaming trend, how does this look and sound to you?
”It is pretty cool, all things considered. The ones where bands are able to rent out a venue and actually perform together on a stage are the best. The energy is better and feels more authentic even without a crowd. The ones filmed at home with a different screen for every band member just don’t capture the magic, though I know that is the only option for lots of bands.”
10. Finally, do you have a message for the fans and the audience in this tough times?
”Stay positive, support artists where you can, buy their merchandise and digital music. If you care about your favorite bands returning once this is all over, it should be no problem at all to buy something from them.”
Thank you for the interview, stay safe!
”Thank you for having us!”
Check out the music video for the “Conjunction of Souls (Official Lyric Video Ft. Adrienne Cowan)”, here: