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 Fire The Humans.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
FIRE THE HUMANS: Doing okay. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to make some life changes during this time, like many other people did. I love being with my family, so that was awesome. We know people that don’t like their home environment, so being stuck together was more of a punishment. It was during this period of time that I came to the decision that Fire the Humans needed to start moving. I was writing and planning during this time. As bizarre as that time was to us and others, I found many gifts and blessing in the pandemic time off as well.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
FIRE THE HUMANS: Absolutely. “Vanish”, my first released single, was written during the pandemic. It didn’t get recorded & released until the beginning of 2021 though. I had also started on “Can’t Stop”, my new single. During the down time, I came up with melodies, then string together lyrics based on events in my past or others’ experiences. During the pandemic, came reflection. These first two singles tap into that vein.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
FIRE THE HUMANS: December of 2019, the band I was in at the time was doing a “studio sessions” show. In St. Louis, MO, we have an awesome venue called “Gaslight Studio”. It’s a unique place where there’s a bar but also a studio. You literally record in the studio, video recorded as well, but there are people watching as they sit in the bar. That was the last “show” I had been a part of. 2020 and 2021 there weren’t any shows. In 2022 however, I’m planning show dates to get Fire the Humans out into a live performance.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
FIRE THE HUMANS: Nothing planned as my focus has been on releasing “Can’t Stop.” As the 2022 show calendar rolls out, I’ll definitely put that on there to do though.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
FIRE THE HUMANS: Not only do I think it’ll recover, I think it’ll be bigger. We are already seeing this in the United States. People are salivating to get out and take their minds off of “real life”. To be with other groups of people. Even with ticket prices through the roof, people are still getting out. 2022 will be a monster year for live entertainment.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
FIRE THE HUMANS: Great question. Most people don’t understand everything that goes into writing music, recording music, surrounding yourself with amazing talent, marketing, promotions etc. People usually have a 3 minute musical backdrop to what they’re currently doing. To have someone take the time and actually listen to 3 minutes of your artwork feels complete. It might only be 3 minutes to them, but this was months of work for the artist. Knowing that there are people that still appreciate music, truly listen and share it with others feels great. We make very little money for our talents, but there’s fulfilment that comes with people appreciating what goes into this.