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 Jacob Wammen from Danish melodic death-thrash metal titans Chronicle 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?
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 official “shutdown” happened on March 11th, 16 days before the release of our new album, “Demonology”. Just the first weekend we had to cancel/move three shows, and since then many more have followed. It really put us at a disadvantage, considering these shows were our first chance to get our new album out there, over the counter. On the positive side, this lock-down has had us reevaluate how we interact with our fan-base, and as a result, we’ve never been more active on our social media platforms. The amount of interactions we get are also steadily climbing, so something good has come of it!”
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?
”Everyone who has their income based on social events are suffering these days. That goes for both artists and venues. We definitely hit a rough patch, since our plans for income through sales and shows were axed. However, we’ve emerged on the other side of the costs we had to take care of, printing of records and such, so now we’re just waiting to get out there again and make up for the time and money we have lost.”
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’ve had a running series going on our social media, explaining all of the lyrics from “Demonology”. That has garnered a lot of interest, and affirmed us in the thought, that our followers enjoy some insight into how we go about making our music. The whole streaming-concert-thing came out of nowhere, and suddenly everyone was getting something together, to keep getting metal out to the masses. As luck would have it, when we gathered for a rehearsal on April 5th, the weather was splendid. Almost as a joke, it was suggested that we’d drag our gear out into the garden for a sunny jam. Not long after that, the idea of streaming a couple of songs for the home-bound metal-heads came up, and so that’s exactly what we did! Roughly a month later we also took part in Nordic Noise 2020: Streaming for Vengeance, which was a totally different experience – a complete stage-setup, camera crew, all the bells and whistles! It was an awesome initiative to be a part of during these times once again to make sure, that music keeps coming out to the fans.”
5. What do you miss the most? Live shows or being around the people that are close to you?
”That’s a hard one to answer. For differing reasons, both seem equally important when you sit at home, alone, slurping your coffee. The concerts are dearly missed for all of the jolly memories and the warm and including atmosphere you often meet, when you’re out gigging. However, all of us being adults, some of us have parents and relatives who aren’t too young and springy anymore, with whom we miss spending time in close proximity with.”
6. Who will suffer the most are those bands, festivals, venues or fans?
”Financially, it’s without a doubt the smaller venues, or just those not included in the relief packages. that the government and city council have been dispensing. On the personal side, a lot of die-hard fans have all their social connections linked to these events, so even though they might have more time at their hands and such, their primary source of live entertainment will be suspended for a few months yet.”
7. Which record you choose for the isolation theme for this situation, which one fits perfectly for this situation?
”I think we have one, each of us!”
Jacob: ”Blood Label – ”Existence Expires”
Sebastian: ”Sylosis -” Cycle of Suffering”
Lars Bo: ”Cattle Decapitation – ”Death Atlas”
Jari: ”Allegaeon – ”Proponent for Sentience”
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?
”Stay safe and respect the health and safety of those around you. If we all play nice for a while, we will soon be back on, and in front of, the stage!”
9. What do you think of this live-streaming trend, how does this look and sound to you?
”It’s great! As mentioned in the earlier questions, we’ve embraced this trend to its fullest, since it enabled us to “keep up our work”, while still adhering to the safety guidelines in place. With that being said, it can´t compare for even a minute to the atmosphere and feeling of performing in front of a “real” audience.”
10. Finally, do you have a message for the fans and the audience in this tough times?
”First of all, stay safe and watch out for each other! When that’s said and done, what better time than now to explore new bands and find out what festivals and organisations will be back with a hunger for more metal? That’s what we’re doing. It’s the calm before the storm!”
Thank you for the interview, stay safe!
Check out the official music video for the “Reset to Zero”, here: