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 Torie Jock.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
TORIE JOCK: Hey! I’m Torie Jock and I’m stoked to be chatting today! It’s definitely been very hard to try to stay motivated and positive during the pandemic … Some days are better than others, but I guess that’s the case in general. It’s crazy and heartbreaking to witness the world and the music industry falling apart in front of you.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
TORIE JOCK: I have tried to use my downtime wisely for sure! Working on new music, writing scripts and lyrics, auditioning for films, and I finally picked up my guitar again!
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
TORIE JOCK: The last show I played was actually during the pandemic. It was an outdoor venue. That is actually where I met Leaving Eden! Their guitar player, Eric Gynan, is my manager now, and we co-wrote my new and unreleased album, “Damaged Goods.” A single off of the album, “Outta Control,” was released on 07/09/21! I was also recently signed with Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal Worldwide Distribution! If it wasn’t for the pandemic cutting Leaving Eden’s tour short, I would probably never have met them. That is something I am actually incredibly grateful for regarding the pandemic.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
TORIE JOCK: I would like to do some livestream concerts! I am hoping that live concerts will come back with a vengeance though, because I definitely prefer a live audience.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
TORIE JOCK: I certainly hope so! I don’t think it is realistic to think that society will be satisfied with only seeing performances virtually. I hope there are enough souls that care enough to bring back live entertainment! I for sure will do everything I can to fight for our industry!
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
TORIE JOCK: Continuing to jam to our music is always helpful! Don’t forget about us! We will be back, I will make sure of it!