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 Alex Novak of Venus Fly Trap.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
NOVAK: Initially it was very difficult. I run a record shop, SPIRAL ARCHIVE, here in Northampton-UK (have done for over twenty years). I went into lockdown for three months and switched over to doing online sales and offered a voucher scheme which worked well. Re-opened in mid-June and its been patchy as I used to get a lot of foreign dealers coming in, but we’re muddling through.
I am also a DJ and gig promoter. Both of these have not come back yet. There are some tentative steps with reduced audiences. We will see how this develops dependent on what’s going on.
With my band VENUS FLY TRAP, we have only recently started to rehearse again. We have booked some gigs in November trying to be optimistic about the future, but they could just as easily be cancelled, but we will be ready to go when things happen again.
Really missing going to gigs and gigging. Its been a big part of my life and lives of others. I hope people appreciate the arts more when we can function again. We all need something to feed the soul.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
NOVAK: We’re beginning to write a new track, but it’s early days. However, I have been involved in doing a magazine, PULSE, which has kept me occupied and listening to new material.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
NOVAK: Saw GROUNDHOGS and STRAY on the same bill. We had shows booked with REZILLOS, but all were cancelled and here we are.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
NOVAK: If we can tie them in with a show, but if that does not happen we have to start to at least think about the situation going forward.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
NOVAK: It will be decimated, so we’re going to have to start from year zero once we have the all clear. All you need is a band, room, pa and we’re a go again.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?