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 Justin Flatline of Once Upon A Flatline.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
JUSTIN FLATLINE: Fortunately for everyone over at Once Upon a Flatline, we actually had a few things already lined up for release during the months where the safety of others outweighed everything else in our personal agendas. Thus, save for rescheduling a few shows and cutting our weekly practices out, things overall for the band haven’t really slowed up. As far as the members, most of us have kept up our work schedules and just have been living day to day patiently waiting for everything to open back up and for this disaster to be dealt with seriously. Fortunately, again, most of us live together and haven’t had to face the long days alone.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
JUSTIN FLATLINE: ABSOLUTELY. Our collective creative mind, of course, has taken a bit of a hit with the pandemic as well as the raising social issues going on in the country. We have, however, chosen to take action against this feeling of helplessness. The new songs that are presenting themselves are, in my honest opinion, better than ANYTHING on our upcoming EP.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
JUSTIN FLATLINE: In January Alexis, Dalton and a few other members of the Flatline crew drove up to Niagara Falls to catch Motionless In White and Beartooth on the Diseased and Disguised Tour. It was, without a doubt, some of the most fun I’ve ever had at a show. The performance those bands have mastered over the years is just that. A mastered craft. Gotta give it up for them. I’m so proud of how far Motionless has come. As a fan of theirs for so long, it’s truly inspiring to see what dedication and perseverance can help you accomplish.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
JUSTIN FLATLINE: We have live-streamed a song or two since the lockdown, but nothing to the extreme that I would call a show haha I think maybe we’ll do one in the coming months, perhaps to welcome the winter solstice.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
JUSTIN FLATLINE: This has been a thought I’ve gone back and forth on. I KNOW for a fact that if everyone can AGREE to do what needs to be done to rid ourselves of this terrible pandemic, that shows will be going on as we know and love them at some point in the future. That being said, with so many venues closing their doors for good, and all the jobs lost within the industry, it’s definitely going to be a different world. It’s heartbreaking but perhaps an opportunity for some new faces to show up around the world.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
JUSTIN FLATLINE: Honestly social media has become even more important than it was before. So just sharing around the bands you love, giving their content some plays and maybe even grabbing a shirt here or there could do a world of difference. Just keep yourself and those around you safe and wait for the horrors to pass, we will al be there with our guitars to sing about the better world we have made when the time comes. Until then- stay safe, stay vigilant and remember that love for your fellow persons can and will always win.