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 Chris Hobbs of Cavo.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
HOBBS: I’ve been holding up well! This year has definitely been devastating for the music/touring industry but I feel fortunate to have my family and music family to lean on.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
HOBBS: Yes!!! I’ve taken this time to dig deeper into my home studio. I think it’s a crucial thing moving forward to be able to write and share ideas while being separated from bandmates.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
HOBBS: It was a gig with a 90’s cover band back in February. I remember it being a packed house and a lot of fun! I hope for a time in the near future to get back to playing to a live audience.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
HOBBS: Nothing in the books to say, but it’s definitely something Cavo would love to do in the future!
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
HOBBS: That’s a tough question… I think things will have to evolve in the short term (streaming shows, drive-in shows, etc.) Music and art for many people like me IS essential, but with the health and safety of all in mind, we have to carve new paths. The industry as it has been may never recover, but the music will continue.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
HOBBS: For sure! The easiest way to support your favorite artists is on social media and liking and sharing content. It is a huge help. If you have the financial means to buy music/merch from online stores or support the streaming shows happening. Anything that goes straight to the artist helps the most!