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 Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
MASON: Hey. How you doin? Yeah…so…the pandemic. What a mess eh? I’ve done ok I guess. I’ve had to spend a lot of time alone and that doesn’t bother me in the least. I’m quite a loner and so, the solitary periods have been quite welcome.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
MASON: Yes. Surprisingly enough I have. In fact, to keep things simple, check out my Bandcamp page. Everything SAVE FOR “Darkness Consumed” (Cleopatra Records) has been released in between March and August. The latest, and most important release is “VERRTRANDT” and we just released the video for this. Much thanks to William Westwater who put it together and my nephews, the “Morrison brothers—KB and K-Jay”.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
MASON: Just a few minutes ago when I was performing for the squirrels. They ran away scared shitless. Hahahahaha No. But seriously, I’m not a live act. So…
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
MASON: Well, no plans to do so but you never know how the future develops. But more or less I would have to say, no.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
MASON: Absolutely it will and with a vengeance! Especially these big festivals and such. But, yeah, there is no doubt that once we are on the other side of this pandemic, musicians will be once again playing live…big cats and small cats alike. It’s almost impossible that the live music industry would never return. It will. I’ve no doubts about that whatsoever.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
MASON: Not sure about fans, but why not address your average Jo and Jo-Anne social media resident. Folks, take the time to check out new bands ok? Go to Bandcamp or even Spotify and check out independent artists and if you like any of them, tell others about it. It’s so sad to me that people, especially young people are not interested in art and whatever is new in music and that is sad. More than in any other era, people are truly being fed daily pabulum num nums via social media like TikTok or even in video games or Youtube clips. It seems that unless people see someone doing the “WAP” or other silly little skits done to sound bytes on TikTok and Instagram, they’re not interested. It’s only real if “Mr./Mrs. Self Appointed TikTok (or YouTube)” bounce their meat wagon in sweat pants to a track…then it’s real. Otherwise, it’s just “old people shit”. And I’m ranting. I’ll leave now. This way to the exit? .