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 The Last Element.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
THE LAST ELEMENT: It´s heavy…. we want to get out in the open again. But it´s also a time to write more and more music. We really want to start doing some epic gigs, but for now nothing is possible and no venues are open here in Holland… It sucks, we also have tickets to a lot of our favorite bands, that we still can´t use. But yeah we gotta make the most out of it, we do that by focusing on writing new and better songs.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
THE LAST ELEMENT: Owww I jumped the gun.. yeah 😉 ! But not only writing new music and lyrics, we are also working very hard on improving our visual identity, new artwork, new merch a new improved logo and a video for our next release.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
THE LAST ELEMENT: Our last gig was with Skillet, which was a while back. The drummer broke his leg and we went out of rotation for a bit, then corona hit… blegh.
Last show I had planned was I Prevail, but the lockdown started a couple days earlier… so nope! That sucked so hard.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
THE LAST ELEMENT: We did some quarantine vids to keep sane:
We now just focus on writing new music and preparing for new live shows, we hope there will be some shows in 3-4 months or so!
If any cool livestream opportunities present themselves meanwhile we might just do it.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
THE LAST ELEMENT: Of course it will, the obstacle to overcome always makes one stronger. It sucked hard and I know a lot of great venues didn’t survive the onslaught. But people need music maybe I’m speaking for myself, but I could not live without and there must be more that feel the same. So we will always work hard to get new and better music out there. You see that some of the big bands really found ways to work with the limitations, also virtual concerts and stuff like that.
But think about it this way, when we can finally have live shows again, it’s gonna be a burst of people, maybe bigger and sicker shows then we’ve ever seen. Once you lose something you realize how important it is, when you get it back, you only value it more and more!
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
THE LAST ELEMENT: Yeah!!! Stream our stuff!! We get almost nothing for it haha, but on the other hand it really amplifies our reach! Share it if you love it.
Furthermore we also have some merch, we earn a little from that as well! If you want to check out merch, you can send us an inquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll have our online store available at our site soon!