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 Emily Daccarett.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
DACCARETT: I’ve been staying productive; working has been an amazing distraction. I got to be with my family and take trips to the lakes near my childhood home. I wanted to use this time to reflect, reconnect (even more because we are insanely close) with my family, and spend more time enjoying the quiet moments found in nature.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
DACCARETT: I have been working on my new album. I think I started around the time quarantine began and I’m also toplining for other producers. My quarantine has been very music focused.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
DACCARETT: The last show I attended was in LA to see my friend’s gig, Vedant Joshi Band, perform at the Whiskey a Go Go.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
DACCARETT: Yes! I’ve been playing a lot of livestream concerts lately. I never thought I would like to do them so much. I love how I can interact with people, especially now it feels so nice to connect with others… even if it is virtually.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
DACCARETT: I think it will. It’s in times of desperation that brings innovation, we are starting to see it already with artists taking livestream concerts to the next level. Charlie XCX will be doing virtual concerts in VR and I’m sure more will follow. As a whole, the entertainment industry (movies, music, fashion, art) has needed to change. We have been seeing movie budgets get bigger and bigger, so even if the movie was received well by critics and viewers, if it doesn’t double its budget, it’s considered a failure.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
DACCARETT: I’ve been working on new merch that includes accessories and clothing! I would really appreciate it if you check that out, also streaming my music helps as well. Now that the world has slowed down, we can discover smaller brands, designers, and artists. A single purchase from them means a great deal to us.