Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Fatal Switch.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
FATAL SWITCH: It’s been interesting. These are times that we have never seen before and it took a little while to get my mental around it to be honest. It slowed down our momentum for a bit but sometimes when things force you to take a step back you get a better vantage on what it is you have been doing and where you should be going. I’m kind of an out the box person by nature so these kinds of challenges excite me in a weird way. I think the whole pandemic is terrible for society, business, health and prosperity in general but it is also a puzzle piece I have never seen before. And I think it will make some individuals stronger if they manage to find a way to navigate their way through these dark times.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
FATAL SWITCH: So much! 100% yes! At first it was a little strange to not see the guys while we created new music but we came up with a very successful strategy. First and foremost, I made sure we had weekly meetings via messenger so that we could brainstorm solutions and keep on top of our progress. That led us to start working on songs in pairs and believe it or not we actually came up with our strongest songs this way. Some of us perfected old songs while others wrote brand new ones and this is just another way to capture magic. You got to be open to all possible options of creation because you never know which one can trigger a hit. It also forced all of us to get more involved on the production side which is advancing us ten-fold now that we can meet back in the studio.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
FATAL SWITCH: Last show I played was a showcase for Indie Week. It was our best show so far and I was really looking forward to continuing the momentum. Last show I saw was Slipknot and I had plans to see them again this summer. Knotfest was just amazing to witness. Corey Taylor knows how to address a crowd like no one else. His stage presence is something I deeply admire.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
FATAL SWITCH: We have discussed this option but haven’t yet scheduled anything around it. Writing new material has really got our attention right now. I am not sure about the live stream option yet. It has a lot of mixed feelings and though it is something that may grow into a new aspect of the industry in the future I don’t think its quite there yet.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
FATAL SWITCH: Recover yes. At what cost I don’t know. I think it may give ambitious entrepreneurs a chance to create more competition in the live market once it restarts in full force. This should hopefully also give new artists more of a chance to get recognized. Perhaps there is a way to see this as a bit of a reset button for a saturated and monopolized industry. Or maybe not. Really hard to say how things will fall but I think there are a lot of intelligent and knowledgeable individuals who can take advantage of the opportunities this new dynamic may present.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
FATAL SWITCH: You know a like and a share doesn’t cost a dime and really helps our reach. Dropping us a line or a comment is also always welcome and is something that can easily lift our spirits. And if you love our music don’t hesitate to save it on Spotify or buy our album that is out on all digital platforms. Apart from that what more can we really ask for. Any show of support and acknowledgment goes a really long way.