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 pMad’s Paul Dillon.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
DILLION: Great, thankfully, rural Ireland is the place to be and without the pandemic, I would not have gotten the time to put all the pMad and The Greeting project together. So a blessing in disguise in that sense!
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
DILLION: Again thankfully, I don’t have much downtime, pandemic or no pandemic. Keep busy with real life, family and now music. All the music is new and getting it out there, leave absolutely no time for downtime. The easy part I am finding is making the music, the tough part is getting the music and word out there. Starting from a full standing start and a full unknown, the work has been to get the pMad name out there. I can understand how PR and Record companies earn their bucks, it is not simple. They have built relationships over the years and pMad just does not have that chamber to go into. But thankfully there are so many radio shows & stations, blogs, magazines, podcasts, etc. willing to take a chance on an unknown that I am slowly getting there.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
DILLION: Created in pandemic, Covid has scuppered the few opportunities that come the way of pMad for some large big gigs, but I am prepared to wait and get the set up great for the audience. It will happen in good time. The last show before Covid was a beaut, what a night. I am a huge music fan even without pMad. It was three hours in the company of Therapy? Just amazing how great a show they can put on, three hours just flew. Have so many rescheduled gigs to go to when times open up a bit better again, Bob Vylan, The Chats, The Undertones, Lebanon Hanover, The Wedding Present and lots more. Looking forward to getting back to a bit of normality.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
DILLION: Not planning any concerts in any format so far, want to get the music out there first. ‘Medicine’ the follow up single to ‘Who Am I’ is out on the 1st February and it will take a lot of time and effort to get the song out there. As the musician, promoter, PR, HR toilet cleaner and everything in between, that is the main focus at the moment. Would love to get pMad and The Greeting out on the road together. They would be some great nights not just for me, the band but also the audience, I hope.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
DILLION: Oh yes, the hunger is there from the public, as long as things are done correctly, why shouldn’t it. There is a new generation of people out there that have not seen as many great artists as they should have and will be eager to see them and then there is the likes of pMad, The Greeting and the new artist that want to get out there gigging and hopefully the public will want to see the new acts also.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
DILLION: Definitely, of course there is the purchasing of music, merch, etc. but so many free things that the fans can do to help – share my music on socials – actually comment on the posts (helps against algorithms) – pre-save music – subscribe to newsletters – email me (only delighted to chat) – watch and share my music video’s – add my music to office/family/group playlists – follow on all platforms – share images of merch/cd’s. Most is all free, just interact with the acts and you will be surprised how grounded we are. Hugely flattered by all fan interaction, a huge boost and shot in the arm to keep going! Until we meet in reality, let’s stay together and let Hope be the Medicine.