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 Mike Ledet of Bushido Code.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
LEDET: Been doing pretty good. I actually had COVID. But I didn’t get real, real sick. I felt crappy for about three days. But I’ve been one of the fortunate ones out there. Lotta people have lost a lot.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
LEDET: Definitely! We wrote our full length record “The Ronin” and recorded it. COVID gave us the opportunity to slow down a little bit, not willingly of course. But slowing down a little bit and taking a little bit more time in writing and recording has really paid off on this record.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
LEDET: So crazy but it was over a year ago. Winter jam in Reading PA was our last show. It’s even crazier when I say it out loud that we haven’t played in over a year. That means all of our friends‘ bands and all the bands that we love have not played in over a year. How insane is that?
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
LEDET: It’s definitely something we’ve talked about. We want to do a couple quarantine covers. We have some stuff in the works now. I think it’s gonna be pretty cool. Maybe some streams of us playing some of the songs live would be really cool. With us living so far apart it’s really tough to do stuff like that sometimes. But the Internet is an interesting tool! It can do amazing things.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
LEDET: Yeah I think it will. My hope is that it comes back even stronger than it was before. I hope that people realize and appreciate live music even more. Sometimes you don’t know how good you got it till it’s gone. I know I do.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
LEDET: They sure can! Help us by letting everybody know when you hear a new band that you like. Re-post it on your social media. Tell your friends to do a review, anything like that helps. Also purchase music instead of just streaming it. Buy merch if it’s available online. All of those things can help a band get by. And also for the bands that aren’t signing major labels or anything, keep them inspired to keep writing music. A simple “hey man I really dig your band“ goes a long way.