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 Alicja Moniatowicz and Steve Roberts of Evereal.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
EVEREAL: Alicja: Barely, I am being held together by hopes and dreams and scotch tape.
Steve: Scotch first, then hopes and dreams.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
EVEREAL: Alicja: After the initial depression lull, yes, back to writing again.
Steve: Yes, We have a few new tunes in the works and I have worked with other artists on isolation collaborations.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
EVEREAL: Alicja: Evereal played a show at the Blarney Stone in Vancouver for a Battle of the Bands for an insurance industry event, it was pretty cool and we had a lot of fun.
Steve: We also did a live charity show to raise money for ALS. This show will be available soon as a pay per view.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
EVEREAL: Alicja: We actually just did that for a charity event, it was Full Wattage for Karl Watt Endowment fund and fght against ALS and we raised some money for the cause, it was asuccess so we will learn from this first live streaming show and continue to look at future events for sure.
Steve: See above. It will be streaming soon as a live pay per view show.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
EVEREAL: Alicja: I think it has to, or it will change and look different, but it will definitely survive. Just today I saw on social media that there was a petition that was tabled to our House of Commons to petition the Canadian Government to create an ongoing Candadian Musicians Support Fund to a) provide sustainable financial relief to professional musicians so they can earn a living wage, b) support rebuilding our music economy providing professional live music performance incentives to venues and c) provide additional funding for creative grants to support new candaian music creation, as well as for public school music education to foster the development of future Canadian musicians.
Steve: Sadly I fear not, not on a local live level that is. Corporate music will continue to pack large arenas while the smaller acts will have no smaller live venues to perform. This was happening before the pandemic and has only been accelerated. Add to that the new generation’s lack of interest in going to live music, digital streaming and video. In Vancouver we have seen almost all the live music venues/clubs/bars close in order to build high rises as the property value and rents are just too high to sustain a business that has limited clientele…So while creating a musicians fund is a nice idea, it’s a moot point if there’s nowhere to perform and no one attends…
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
EVEREAL: Alicja: Yes! Always! Firstly I would like to say you do not have to spend money to show your support! If you give us a follow on YouTube and Facebook, like share and subscribe that goes such a long way to be able to get our music heard and seen by many many more people and that helps SOOOO much. So please, don’t be shy and come say hi! We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and you can listen on Spotify!
Steve: Absolutely, As Alicja said… join us on Social media and show support by liking, following, subscribing and sharing our pages and posts. Interact with us so we know you’re out there listening. These small things give us a reason to keep creating and working on material for you. Sharing is caring!