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 Electromancy.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
ELECTROMANCY: Honestly, it’s been really rough. As if battling chronic illness wasn’t enough, my health issues puts me on the immunocompromised spectrum, making this pandemic really scary for me. When this thing was first hitting people were saying well it only affects the elderly and immunocompromised as if we don’t exist or matter. I do, we do. I’m grateful vaccines are coming out though, so my life can stop being at risk from every person too proud to put a damn mask on.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
ELECTROMANCY: Definitely, that’s been a huge silver lining to this whole thing. I had most of my first full length album composed, so the pandemic really gave me the time I needed to record everything and make it magic. Not to mention a great place to channel all my fears and frustrations outlined in question one.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
ELECTROMANCY: The last show I attended was this small show at my friends warehouse for their birthday, headlining their band Shrieker with a couple other local Oakland punk and experimental bands opening. It was such a sweet night. Great tight quarters moshing and a lovely little indoor balcony area to watch down from. And I coincidentally ran into a cutie I was just starting to see at the show. Yeah, that was a great night.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
ELECTROMANCY: I would love to get a set up going, yes definitely, especially once my upcoming EP drops. I just got my new studio set up and put a few touches I think could make for some epic live stream shows. I know the robots are itching to play for an audience, live live or digital live.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
ELECTROMANCY: Definitely. Experiencing music and shows is such an inherent part of being human. It may take some time to get back to what it once was, but I think it’s just so human at its core.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
ELECTROMANCY: It’s dark days, just expressing your interest and excitement about a band in a way that they will see it goes along way. Instead of just hitting like on their post, make a comment. When you buy some merch, send a little email saying how stoked you are to get it. Those tiny gestures really go along way to making an artist feel appreciated, and the right comment at the right time can come back tenfold in more & better awesome art from your favorite artists.