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 Diseased Earth.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
DISEASED EARTH: It’s not been so bad. most of all us were still working and such, so had that to keep ourselves occupied. I think the first month or so was the worst because we weren’t sure about practicing and such, so we didn’t get together to try and risk it.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
DISEASED EARTH: Yes, we’ve been writing up a storm. I believe we have 6-8 new songs in the works total during the pandemic. It’s really all we can do and channel all this emotion and everything into our music.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
DISEASED EARTH: Our last show before the shutdown was at IX art park in Charlottesville. It was a great show and our buddy Cody from The Liquor Portal came out and filmed it. its available on YouTube. There was a great crowd and energy to that show.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
DISEASED EARTH: We already have done one and have talked about doing more.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
DISEASED EARTH: I mean music is a great stress release for a lot of people and I don’t think it will ever go away. The loss of venues will drive people to get more creative and get back to more DIY stuff, such as house shows.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
DISEASED EARTH: Stream bands music, buy merch, buy albums. Share songs with your friends. Bands can’t tour and make money now, so all of that stuff is extremely important.