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 Father Before Me.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
FATHER BEFORE ME: This last year has been tough on so many of us. I’m lucky that I was able to sink myself into my music. I was working on songs and also growing our audience to far away places so that while we can’t get together for shows, I’m able to entertain people from all over at home.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
FATHER BEFORE ME: I’m always working on new music, no matter the case. But I also use downtime to relax and play video games and keep my mind busy doing other things as well. Inspiration comes from everywhere.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
FATHER BEFORE ME: This band has yet to play any shows yet but really looking forward to it.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
FATHER BEFORE ME: Being that I haven’t played a show yet, I’d like the first show to be a really big event. Not to diminish the meaning and impact live streaming has, but I wanted to make the first show live. I do interviews and will eventually do guitar play throughs but as far as a show, I’m saving that for an event post COVID.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
FATHER BEFORE ME: It definitely will and is already starting to recover to some degree. Some venues are adapting but not changing completely so live shows will soon go back to what we had. Things might be different but we will have that same energy again one day.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
FATHER BEFORE ME: Honestly, just keep your spirits high even when everything seems so fucked. Keep streaming the music and just keep sharing it. One fan can turn into one hundred fans awfully quick.