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 BOOZEWA.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
BOOZEWA: It’s been a roller coaster for sure. Isolation and removal from just about everything that I love has hit me hard, as I’m sure it has everyone. I’m fortunate that we have a roof over our heads and good company! I go in waves of hopelessness, anger, and sometimes apathy. It’s always changing.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
BOOZEWA: That is the one of the few good things that has happened during all of this. Being quarantined in a house with two other musicians led to us forming a new band, this one, BOOZEWA! The three of us were all in Backwoods Payback at one point (Jess and I still are) and this forced downtime allowed us to start goofing and playing just to play again. It’s been amazing. We are writing faster than we can keep up with it at times lol. The demo “First Contact” is kind of the first little group of songs we have. Recorded all here at the compound on my old Tascam 4 track tape machine.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
BOOZEWA: My “day job” is working with other musicians driving and teching. I was on the road starting the US leg of the tour I was a part of (Amigo the Devil/Murder By Death) when the shut down was declared. We had just gotten back to the States after being in Europe for most of Jan/Feb. so the last show I saw was Amigo the Devil.
The last show I played was in Jan of 2020 when Backwoods Payback did a little run with West End Motel in Atlanta, Brooklyn and Philly. This is officially the longest I have gone without playing a show since I was 15 years old. No joke.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
BOOZEWA: BOOZEWA debuted on Jan 1st as part of the Mutants of the Monster Virtual Fest. That was fantastic and really cool to be a part of. It’s curated by a friend of ours CT from the band Rwake and we were really stoked he asked us to be a part of it. As for another one, beats me?! If people want it we are down.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
BOOZEWA: I think overall it will, in the larger sense. Sports aren’t going anywhere, Live Nation isn’t going under any time soon I’m guessing. My worry is that I’m seeing small clubs closing and so many of my friends in the industry are still out of work with no relief in sight. It’s going to be a long time before things look the way did in Feb of 2020. A long long time.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
BOOZEWA: Bandcamp Friday where they direct 100% of the sales from your page directly to the artist, with no fees, is actually a pretty big deal. In the grand scheme of things it won’t allow us to live off of playing but it helps greatly with keeping the band itself afloat. Reaching out to your local reps and asking for secured entertainment industry worker relief has gotten us seemingly nowhere. We are going to be the last ones to see anything moving forward it seems. We have to take care of ourselves and each other. Luckily that’s what this scene has done for so long. And we will keep doing it.
Thanks for the vibes, hope to catch you down the road at some point sooner rather than later!