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 Kai of Esprit D’Air.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
KAI: Like many others, it is a struggle mentally. I have been keeping quiet, trying to keep in touch with my friends and family virtually, but I am doing okay. My kittens have kept me company during the pandemic.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
KAI: Yes, I am almost complete with my upcoming album, and we’re just planning the next single release, which hopefully will be ready later this year. It has been difficult not being able to use studios, or plan any music videos, but I am going to do the best that we can given the circumstances.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the lockdown?
KAI: The last show with Esprit D’Air was in Summer 2019. It has been over a year since our last concert. Before that, we were touring Europe and the UK—how so much has changed!
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
KAI: Yes! We will be launching our 10th anniversary livestream on October 24th, 2020. This is to replace our originally-planned show at The Dome in London on the same night. Our supporters can join in virtually from their own homes. There will be a virtual merchandise table available, a live chat for supporters to talk with other supporters, and supporters can tip/donate to us during our performance too. Never done anything like this before, so it’s going to be super cool!
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
KAI: It is incredibly devastating right now for many artists as well as music venues, who are all really struggling. It still remains a mystery when it will recover, even several months after the pandemic started. I really hope that we will be returning back to normal soon, but for now, we have to make the most out of what we can do now, move forward and continue supporting the industry in whatever small or big way that we can.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
KAI: We suggest donating to charities such as Help Musicians UK, which go to the frontline of helping musicians during this time, but there are also things fans can do for free, such as streaming our tracks on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music etc, which can give a little bit of income to bands. Some bands also offer links to donate via PayPal—we have set one up here!