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 Sammi Doll.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
SAMMI DOLL: I really enjoy time to myself – the social isolation part I feel like I’ve been preparing for my whole life! However, as a touring artist – It has been very difficult to adjust to not paying shows for 8 months out of the year.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
SAMMI DOLL: Yes! When the lockdown first started, I moved into Kat Von D’s guest house and we worked on adding additional programming to her upcoming album. It’s given me some time to also prepare some acoustic renditions of some of my songs to be released in the upcoming weeks.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
SAMMI DOLL: I was a guest vocalist for my friend, Josie Pace, at her concert in Hollywood back in late February… that was right before the lockdown hit Los Angeles hard.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
SAMMI DOLL: Yes! I actually was able to perform a live concert with my full band and light show last month to support my newest single ‘AN OM IE’. It was streamed and recorded live from the Bourbon Room in Hollywood and can be seen HERE. I have some ideas for some acoustic / in-home recordings for the next coming weeks as well, I’m not sure which platform yet – but it’s in motion.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
SAMMI DOLL: Art will always prevail… As long as people still have fire in their hearts for music, there will be a demand for live entertainment. I think this pause has really helped people appreciate that.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
SAMMI DOLL: Buying merchandise and supporting your favorite artists through Patreon or whatever platform they have … It’s SO HARD right now without the visibility of touring to make ends meet for so many artists … we are all in this together.
I’m getting ready to launch a Patreon of my own which will give my fans and followers an insight into what the recording process is for me, from conception to execution and everything in between… I’m very DIY so I feel there will be a LOT of content to digest and hopefully inspire others to get creative!