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 Shadow People.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
SHADOW PEOPLE: We have been fine! We all three have held jobs during this time. We’re very fortunate of all that and we have not gotten COVID….yet. The only thing we really looked forward to was our record coming out in March!
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
SHADOW PEOPLE: We have been writing since day 1! Our practices and media have never stopped. It doesn’t stop for us. We would feel convicted if we did not continue. It will never stop. Even if one of us doesn’t make it to practice, the other two still practices. We will not stop.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
SHADOW PEOPLE: Last show was our CD release last March. It was fucking huge but that was right before everything got scary and unsure. There was very little sanity and safety in the world a year ago and we completely used that to our advantage. We miss shows. We miss it but We do not play shows right now because we CARE about the people who care about us.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
SHADOW PEOPLE: Not a livestream necessarily. We’ll film a live set and put it up the next day. It’s not necessarily “LIVE” like at the moment. But we keep up. You kinda have to if you still want to stay relevant. All that’s very important to the people who like your band.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
SHADOW PEOPLE: We do. People want to see shows! That will never go away. There’s shows happening right now. We just choose not to participate because we don’t want anyone getting the virus. We would have guilt about that. Obviously this virus won’t go away over night so things will slowly go back to full swing. When there’s no fear of going out anymore, there’s going to be a lot of love to Go around for bands and venues.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
SHADOW PEOPLE: Buy records! Buy the fuck out of records. It’s our livelihood. Half the living was making money at the door to go to the next show. Now that shows don’t happen anymore, musicians need their merch bought. Buy it. You wanna help? Buy someone’s 5 dollar record. That itself means more than you will ever know.