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 Valery Veings of Chaoseum.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
VEINGS: I think like many people, respecting the rules. During this time we finished writing our new album and recorded it. We had to cancel some gigs in France and Switzerland.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
VEINGS: We never stopped working. We finished writing and recording our new album separately at home. But that was not really different, because we work like this.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
VEINGS: We were in January in Los Angeles to play two gigs. The first at Whisky a Go Go and the second during the NAMM. We were lucky, just before the pandemic in Europe.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
VEINGS: No, our priority was our album. Just Loïc and I played a live guitar streaming.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
VEINGS: It will be a little bit different depending on the country. If the government can help or not. But many venues will probably have to close.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
VEINGS: Yes sure. If possible buy some CDs or t-shirt directly from our website and go to the concerts when thy will be possible. And if you have no money, you can share some link about the band on your social media.