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 Vocalist Rob from Swiss extreme metal titans Xaon 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? .
”This is Rob from Xaon. During the lock-down we got to finish the writing process for our next album, I don’t think it really brought anything particularly creative out of us, I work full-time in the music industry and the lock-down made me lose most of my upcoming work so pretty much the only thing I had to do was work on this album.”
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?
”Well we had a bunch of tours in the works for the spring the we were gonna heavily promote before shit hit the fan so we get left with nothing to really talk about, we tried a few weird things that people seemed to like but we’ve mostly been flying under the radar, which isn’t great and we’ll have to remedy that soon.
Financially it could’ve been much worse, Vinc (lead guitarist) runs his own company and at first expected to loose a ton of clients and money and maybe have to go under, but it actually ended up being the opposite. Julien (drums) is a dream teacher and has been trying to continue to teach with Skype but it’s been really difficult as not all his students have the necessary gear to do it, so he got hit pretty hard. Klin (rhythm guitarist) has been alright, the factory he works at took care of him and quickly put in place some ways for some of their employees to go back to work safely, that bastard actually got a bonus… I’ve been hit pretty hard, I run a recording studio and either lost or had to postpone a ton of clients, I’ve had a few remote mixing jobs but nothing that compares with what I should’ve had. Although I’m what you call an “intermittent du spectacle” which in France is somebody who works intermittently in the show business, so I pay a lot of taxes on my contracts but I get a small income the supplements the volatility of the industry that is proportionate to my yearly income, so at least I got that…
Xaon is not our full time job, if it was we would’ve been in a much worse condition.”
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 know a lot of festivals got screwed by their insurance and might never recover, I’ve seen a few articles about the social distancing measures that would need to be applied for venues to reopen this fall and that are utterly ridiculous and it would make no sense for them to reopen under these conditions, which means that until they figure out a vaccine or something you shouldn’t be expecting any gigs to happen. So unless there’s gonna be something done financially for these venues, there’s gonna a lot more street performers once this blows over.. It wouldn’t take much for us to recover, as I said the band is not our main stream of income, it isn’t really that big of a stream of income, it was finally starting to be though, which makes this situation extremely frustrating.”
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 ?
”Live streams are out of the question for now, we don’t all live in the same country and we still have a 100km travel restriction, maybe once that is lifted we could throw one. I might do a Facebook live just to talk to our fans and catch up on what’s been going on on our side, if I can figure out how it works… Maybe I’ll start a cooking show too, hell I’ve got nothing better to do..”
5. What do you miss the most? Live shows or being around the people that are close to you?
”I don’t mind solitude, I live alone and I like it that way. I do miss my band mates and the open road, I miss the adventure and I really miss being on stage, we haven’t spent that much time away from a stage in a very long time..”
6. Who will suffer the most are those bands, festivals, venues or fans? .
”I really don’t know, that’ll probably depend on which countries they are based and what these governments have put in place to help them.”
7. Which record you choose for the isolation theme for this situation, which one fits perfectly for this situation?
”Opeth, “Still Life”.”
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?
”There’s no easy was to overcome this situation, just follow the guidelines for now and let’s see how it evolves, don’t be a dick.”
9. What do you think of this live-streaming trend, how does this look and sound to you?
”It gets better the more we do it. There are lots of things to learn and I think that like anything else we get better the more we do it.”
10. Finally, do you have a message for the fans and the audience in this tough times?
”Support underground metal if you have the means! Bands like Post Pulse and many others pay out of pocket to do everything and a tee shirt sale here and there actually goes a long way!”