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 Tom de Wit aka TDW.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
TDW: Mostly just by making things as I always do. I am lucky because I work from home and have the studio in my house, so I can literally sit down and write a new song in a day and produce it as well. I have spent many years building my studio also for work purposes, but it’s in these Covid times that I feel extra happy that I did, because I am not dependent on others to express myself creatively.
However, it is tough. Life in general is weird right now due to lockdown rules and the distance that we all feel between one another. I have had my bad moments as well and right now the financial situation is not perfect, but I also know that the bad times will pass. We have to grit our teeth and appreciate the good things when they can happen again I reckon. And while this is happening I just try to be in touch with as many people as possible to stay social and stay connected.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
TDW: Yes actually. Also I released my new album this year, so in a way musically I am just as busy as I always am. Right now I am actually working on a new TDW album (songwriting is happening as we speak) and the new Dreamwalkers Inc album (Also in songwriting phase) so I am actually writing up a storm of music and that is what keeps me going and sane.
There’s many things I cannot do right now, but at least by doing this I can feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when I can finish a song.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
TDW: That was a festival called Complexity Fest in February of 2020 which is an amazing progressive music festival in The Netherlands that really books a wide variety of crazy music ranging from atmospheric black metal to weird avant-garde electrocore and everything in between. Was a great weekend of friends, music and vibes and I miss that a damn lot.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
TDW: Not right now, as with the band Dreamwalkers Inc we are really preparing a new album with a partial new lineup and we would need rehearsal time to really get good enough to get back on stage again. Personally I am okay with that for now. Rather focus on getting a lot of good material ready and then get back on stage well prepared. If Covid and livestream gigs are still a thing then, then we can consider it!
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
TDW: Yes, but it is going to be a long road to get back to what we once had. I think the world needs to learn a few really important economical, environmental and personal lessons from this time we are going through right now and that obviously also impacts the way the entertainment industry has to function. I am not a fortune teller though, so my guess on what will happen is as good as yours.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
TDW: If you have money to spare, please BUY MUSIC and do it directly from the artists. It legitimately helps. For example, my music is self released, so when people buy the records (also from stores and/or distro’s) it will end up with me and I will use it to keep making more stuff. It’s not about wanting to make an income to pay for my housing and/or food (I have my external studio work for that) but every penny I make with record and merch sales, goes back into making the next product sound, look and/or smell as good as possible!