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 had an interview with Vocalist Monika Strut from the Australian dark rockers The Last Martyr about the whole Covid 19 situation, how does she sees the bands, venues and fans after this situation, what does she 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?
”It was knowing we had recording booked and also really utilizing Zoom. It actually meant we could plan better and have more band meetings as we didn’t have to travel from all different sides of the city just to meet up! Plus, as a lot of us had more time at home, it was cool to have that extra time to focus on songwriting ahead of recording (which we largely did over the internet too)! Technology is amazing, we’re very lucky to live in the time we do.”
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?
”Luckily we didn’t have a tour booked so weren’t affected financially. We did have to put the filming of our video clip on hold which meant our release got pushed back, but it’s all for the best as the extra planning time has lead to moving in a slightly different direction which we’re really excited about! Honestly, the situation has only affected us minorly so we are lucky.”
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?
”We are still a small band so as I mentioned, the situation hasn’t affected us as much as a larger touring band, thankfully! No doubt, the live music industry has taken a huge blow financially and some may not recover, which sucks. But everyone has really banded together during this time, thought outside the box and innovated in ways that I don’t think they would have if COVID didn’t happen. I’m really proud to be a part of the heavy music community seeing how everyone has supported one another during this time. I know the scene will bounce back sooner or later and when it does, I’m sure a lot of good music will come out of this situation!”
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 always been really focused on social media as it is the best way to reach new people at scale these days! Come add us @thelastmartyr on Instagram + Facebook and @thelastmartyrau on Twitter! We’re more focused on social media now more than ever though, and just chatting to our followers and doing our jobs of being entertaining hopefully! Come say, hi and tell us what you’re listening to right now!”
5. What do you miss the most? Live shows or being around the people that are close to you?
”We definitely miss hanging out as a band in-person (although, in Australia, we are allowed to do that now whilst maintaining social distancing)! But of course, we also miss going to local shows – nothing beats live music and Melbourne (where we’re from) has such a good local scene).”
6. Who will suffer the most are those bands, festivals, venues or fans?
”The bands that rely on touring for the main portion of their income have suffered the most (as you don’t earn much from actual music sales nowadays). Also, touring companies and promotes 100% took a hit. But I have faith that everyone will bounce back. At the end of the day, people do music because they’re passionate and that passion will always remain, whatever the global climate is.”
7. Which record you choose for the isolation theme for this situation, which one fits perfectly for this situation?
”I can’t think of a record that fits the situation but ”Flip Phone Fantasy” by Ocean Grove has certainly been a core part of my personal soundtrack during this time! It came out right before we went into isolation here in Australia and it’s such a good record! It’s a cross between nu-metal, hardcore and the band Oasis! Especially if you were a kid/teen in the late 90s/early 2000s you’ll love the vibe!”
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 think it’s important to know that this situation isn’t forever. It’s a couple of months in your life and we are lucky that we have access to the internet and Netflix. Especially in Australia, our Government has been amazing in giving us financial assistance so I’m really proud of that. Of course, some countries have been devastated more than others but we are strong, and music will help us through. Eventually, things WILL go back to normal.”
9. What do you think of this live-streaming trend, how does this look and sound to you?
10. Finally, do you have a message for the fans and the audience in this tough times?
”Music has always been there for you and it will continue to be there for you during these times. Things are on the mend globally, in the meantime, focus on your plans and dreams and what you’re going to do once isolation is over. Take the time to start that musical project, start a business, start a podcast or YouTube channel. The world is yours if you can learn how to use a shitty situation to your advantage. Big love!”