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 Spacejam.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
SPACEJAM: I allow myself to correct the word Pandemic because we are really far from it in terms of numbers of people sick because of it and the lethality of the disease is so weak! So I would rather say it’s a PLANDEMIC and not a pandemic, but that’s another debate … To answer the question, we have created a lot, whether it be songs, videos etc … For us musicians, creators, I think it is the only way to hold up otherwise we’d go crazy. We had the chance to go record in Switzerland at the Onemusic GVA studio and worked with a very nice team. We are really very proud of the result.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
SPACEJAM: Yes most of the time and also we spent a lot of time researching real info to understand what is going on. Staying awake is the key to being able to remain human and not let your brain fall asleep with all the lies spread by fake news media.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
SPACEJAM: We played “Le Rubis” in Grenoble (France) on March 7th a great venue.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
SPACEJAM: Yes. We had planned to do a tour in Switzerland and the UK, but almost all the dates were canceled. And for the moment everything is completely at a standstill. The future is very uncertain for many of us, but we will not leave it buried so easily.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
SPACEJAM: It’s very difficult to say as we speak because we are in lockdown once again. It seems that we are not essential to the economy of the righteous for our governments! I have a lot of friends who own venues that won’t reopen, they’ve lost everything, a lifetime’s work very often and this situation is getting worse and worse around the world. I am appalled by the lack of solidarity of all them great bands with regard to what is happening to the small comers who have contributed to their success. I always see them soliciting their audience for their new album, the last charity and pretending that all this isn’t happening or at least it doesn’t affect them! And what about the multinationals in the music industry, they are more than ever absent subscribers. I think with all the money they’ve amassed over the years, they have to do their part too. As long as our profession remains divided, it’s not ready to recover from what is happening.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
SPACEJAM: I know life for the fans is as tough and sometimes worse than it is for us, but may they continue to help us by continuing to share what we do, continuing to stick with us, to keep talking about us and to keep on following us. We have only one hurry, and that’s to get back together and share all that we can in these difficult times. Stay faithful, we love you and without you we are nothing. See you soon …