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 Romeo Bassi of Reaven.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
BASSI: We’ve been doing good. Working in the studio a lot, recording new songs and producing as many things as possible. But it was a really rough period for concerts. We had to cancel tours in Europe and the US. But we’re still here (laughs)!!
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
BASSI: Yes a lot! We ﬁnished our album, we recorded new singles and even worked on new projects. 6 days out of 7 we’ve been working since the beginning of the pandemic. Not only on new music but we also tried to develop visuals, communication, music videos…
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
BASSI: The last show we played was in Luxembourg for a festival. But the shows we were supposed to give 1 month after the beginning of the pandemic were in Barcelona and Vienna.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
BASSI: We’ve been releasing some live videos, but not as livestreams but as recorded live and then sent for airplay on TV, one full electric gig and one unplugged one. The next time we’ll play, it will be a real show in July, with an audience..
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
BASSI: I think that the damages done are not gonna be recovered. But I also think that after every crisis there will be new impulses and new ideas. Live music cannot die since it’s a unique industry, the feelings of a real show cannot be replaced.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
BASSI: Yes, I think, to listen to the band’s music as much as they can and buy their albums or merch to help them ﬁnancially. This is a nice way to help them during this time. And sometimes, just some kind messages from fans can be a simple and real help and pleasure. All the bands need to be heard and supported during this period where we can’t express our feelings on stage in front of people.