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 Vanilla Sugar.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
VANILLA SUGAR: I have been pretty good, actually! I have my introvert moments, so I can handle staying busy at home. I think that is the key to staying sane during all of this.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
VANILLA SUGAR: I have been using this downtime to work on different musical ideas for sure. I enrolled in school to finish getting my degree in music since all of my tours have been postponed. It’s really helping me look differently at the way I compose.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
VANILLA SUGAR: The last show I played and attended was the end of what was supposed to be the first leg of a 2020 tour. It ended in Long Beach, California and was really fun. Little did we know that everything was about to be shut down. How crazy is that?
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
VANILLA SUGAR: The Vanilla Sugar team is working on specifics to make sure that we present the best audio and visual experience possible!! There are so many possibilities to consider when doing things virtually. We want to make sure it is just right.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
VANILLA SUGAR: I do believe that the live entertainment industry will recover. I saw videos of a show recently in New Zealand, where the pandemic is more under control. It’s just like it used to be, crowds of happy people enjoying the music together. I grew up in Houston, Texas, where a lot of people I know still reside. I see them attending local shows now. People are still hungry for the live music experience even during this pandemic. I think that a lot of people are still refraining from shows until there is some sort of vaccine. I am one of those people, and I am definitely chomping at the bit.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
VANILLA SUGAR: I have a merch store online with a huge variety of clothing and accessories! It can be found at Facebook. I have also been trying to connect with fans more – I host livestreams every week. Mondays at 7pm PST I livestream video games on Twitch. Thursday nights at 7pm PST I host an “Ask Me Anything” session on Facebook and Instagram. On Saturdays, I cook gluten free versions of meals that fans suggest on Youtube and Twitter. It would be awesome if you can pop in!