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 ORCumentary.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
ORCUMENTARY: Could be much worse. I’m dealing with the isolation in my own way, like everyone else. I’m fortunate to have been employed through the pandemic though, and I’ve kept my health.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
ORCUMENTARY: Yep! I just put out a new album, titled “Fully ORChestrated” on February 5th of this year. Everything getting shut down actually helped me stay focused and push myself really hard to make the album the best it could possibly be.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
ORCUMENTARY: The last show I attended was Thrice (playing Vheissu in full), which was February 2020. The pandemic didn’t disrupt any of my own show plans, as I had planned to spend 2020 working on a new album anyways. My last in-person live show was Summer 2019.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
ORCUMENTARY: I did my annual Super Bowl Alternate Halftime Show livestream during the televised halftime show this past February. It is still available to view on my YouTube channel. I would like to do another livestream show this year, but there are no solid plans at the moment.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
ORCUMENTARY: Depends on how we define “recover”. Live events will happen again, but it’s hard to think venues will ever get to the capacity they did pre-pandemic. I’m sure many people will not feel comfortable being part of big crowds again and will stay away from certain types of events. This will negatively impact artists for sure, and you’ll probably see them tour less and maybe do more livestream shows instead.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
ORCUMENTARY: The best way to help any artist is to purchase music and merch directly from them (my link: www.orcumentary.bigcartel.com). Not everyone is in great financial shape now, of course, but there are many free ways to support, including posting on social media and streaming on Spotify and YouTube.