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 Esteban.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
ESTEBAN: It’s probably the same for everyone, it doesn’t matter what our individual scenarios are, be it furloughed, no change or double the workload; we simply cannot avoid the fact it has been hard. It made us realize what is important and what isn’t.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
ESTEBAN: In the main, 2020 has been a really productive period. Creating new music is one of the best mental exercises on the planet – lockdown was actually the perfect moment to write.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
ESTEBAN: June 8, 2018 – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at The Roundhouse, Camden. And yes, it was as bonkers as you’d expect from George!
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
ESTEBAN: Nope sorry. The livestream events are still being developed and although the visual aspect is presentable, the audio syncing is still an expensive piece of the puzzle and not something everyone can afford. Instead we have been busy making videos.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
ESTEBAN: Of course. I think the way we consume entertainment is always evolving, although I do worry that the quality may suffer. We’ve already seen music publications go under and, although some have transferred to online publications, it’s just not the same if they cannot report on live events. The world is in limbo and until it is safe again, planning a recovery is like resuscitating a roasted chicken!
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
ESTEBAN: Pick up the phone and call someone who you haven’t spoken to in a while. You might make their day. Alternatively, you could check out what we’ve been doing for the last 12 years with our label The Animal Farm.