Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With RAHWAY

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 David Cardenas of RAHWAY.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

CARDENAS: Like everyone else, just trying to do the best I can. Hoping all are safe, well and doing the right thing.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

CARDENAS: Actually yes, we have a new EP that just came out called Slumlords of New Jersey. Really excited about it and we can’t wait for all to hear it. Aside from that, we also have another EP ready to be recorded and are eager to get back in the studio.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

CARDENAS: (laughs)…I don’t remember it’s been so long. I do remember a really great rehearsal session with the boys that we did a live feed on.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

CARDENAS: I believe there is one in the works, but while you wait, we did shoot a new video for our hit song “Stone” that you can all check out on our YouTube channel.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

CARDENAS: Of course, it will. Rock n roll baby! Stay positive!

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

CARDENAS: Absolutely, Visit www.RahwayBand.com, check out all that’s going on with RAHWAY. News, Videos, buy CDs, Shirts, Stickers. Support the arts and keep music Alive! Thanks so much for the chat…

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With TramstonValley

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 Haruki of TramstonValley.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

HARUKI: I started playing piano while keeping on songwriting. And I’ve been studying mixing and mastering, focusing on making a high quality band sound.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

HARUKI: Yeah, I decided on the direction of the next EP. And I’m trying to make a solo EP, because I wanna widen my musicality.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

HARUKI: I’m pretty sure we performed at GAMUSO Asagaya in February.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

HARUKI: No we haven’t for now. We’re gonna focus on studio work. Because We have jobs and I’m not living close to other members.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

HARUKI: Yeah, I think so and I hope so. Otherwise I don’t mean to play music.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

HARUKI: Please just listen to music on streaming, it makes our motivations. We all have the possibility of something, So don’t stop music.

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Esprit D’Air

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 Kai of Esprit D’Air.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

KAI: Like many others, it is a struggle mentally. I have been keeping quiet, trying to keep in touch with my friends and family virtually, but I am doing okay. My kittens have kept me company during the pandemic.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

KAI: Yes, I am almost complete with my upcoming album, and we’re just planning the next single release, which hopefully will be ready later this year. It has been difficult not being able to use studios, or plan any music videos, but I am going to do the best that we can given the circumstances.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the lockdown?

KAI: The last show with Esprit D’Air was in Summer 2019. It has been over a year since our last concert. Before that, we were touring Europe and the UK—how so much has changed!

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

KAI: Yes! We will be launching our 10th anniversary livestream on October 24th, 2020. This is to replace our originally-planned show at The Dome in London on the same night. Our supporters can join in virtually from their own homes. There will be a virtual merchandise table available, a live chat for supporters to talk with other supporters, and supporters can tip/donate to us during our performance too. Never done anything like this before, so it’s going to be super cool!

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

KAI: It is incredibly devastating right now for many artists as well as music venues, who are all really struggling. It still remains a mystery when it will recover, even several months after the pandemic started. I really hope that we will be returning back to normal soon, but for now, we have to make the most out of what we can do now, move forward and continue supporting the industry in whatever small or big way that we can.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

KAI: We suggest donating to charities such as Help Musicians UK, which go to the frontline of helping musicians during this time, but there are also things fans can do for free, such as streaming our tracks on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music etc, which can give a little bit of income to bands. Some bands also offer links to donate via PayPal—we have set one up here!

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Horror Dance Squad

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 Horror Dance Squad.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

HORROR DANCE SQUAD: We are doing the best we can during these trying times and, fortunately, our families and we are all doing well.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

HORROR DANCE SQUAD: To be honest, we haven’t really had any downtime. We stuck with our plan to release our new album, No Flag Will Fly Forever (25 September), and have been very busy promoting the singles and the release. In reality, this is the hardest we have ever worked. And we love it.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

HORROR DANCE SQUAD: We had just performed in January here in Tallinn, Estonia before the shutdown began. However, fortunately, the situation in Estonia was safe enough during the summer to allow some of the festivals to continue and we were lucky to get to play two very fun shows in July as well as one just last Saturday.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

HORROR DANCE SQUAD: If things get worse here, then it is a possibility. However, concerts are still allowed in Tallinn and we are planning on having our album release concert in October. Fingers crossed we will still be able to.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

HORROR DANCE SQUAD: Certainly. It may take a while, but where there is a demand, and we believe there always will be for live music, the industry will recover.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

HORROR DANCE SQUAD: Music brings us together even if we have to stay a little bit apart. We hope that you can find a message in one of our songs that will help you feel understood and less alone during these trying times.

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Tete Essien

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 Tete Essien.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

TETE ESSIEN: I’ve been alright, it’s much easier to stay out of trouble when there’s nowhere else to go. It’s given me time to focus on certain things, things that maybe I was neglecting for a little while. The situation isn’t ideal, but I’m trying to use it for some form of betterment. Is it working? I’d like to think so.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

TETE ESSIEN: I’m always working on music, that rarely changes. The only real difference right now is that I can maybe do more of it without the guilt of feeling like I should be paying attention to other things, seeing as life is hold on a bit for some of us. Imma have to work on that still, that’s the catholic in me screaming.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

TETE ESSIEN: Forget about me playing shows, I ain’t done that since before we started slicing bread! I think the last one I went to see was a mate’s band, back in October. It was a good one to finish up on to be fair. I saw a bag of people I hadn’t seen in time, and I went with the best person I know. If the next gig I go to or even play is anywhere near similar to that one, I’ll be a lucky man.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

TETE ESSIEN: I’ve played a couple Zoom acoustic gigs for a couple of people and they’ve been alright. I get to try out things I wouldn’t usually like playing covers and sharpening up on that kind of thing. Does make me miss the full unabridged version more though. I think all this time away is just gonna make me more appreciative of the fact that I even get to do any of this at all.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

TETE ESSIEN: We can’t sprint back to that place because we’ve got a responsibility to keep each other safe as well, but I certainly hope so. You think about gigs missed and festivals postponed, and it can start to feel like opportunities to make memories that you’ve lost out on. And then there’s plays and musicals, I’ve got people who work in that world, so I know through them how much this whole situation has set people back. It’s almost criminal to me when I think back at all the gigs, I didn’t bust a gut to get to, I didn’t know how good I had it. Being at gigs with the people I’m closest to is some of the most euphoric I’ve ever felt, and I’m minded to say that I miss that more than playing even. Patience is the key word, but I have faith that we’ll mosh dirty in sweaty pits again.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

TETE ESSIEN: I really think this is a good time to get into new music, really delving into artists you maybe wouldn’t have before, and getting into new sounds. Do that and think of how many more gigs you’ll wanna take yourself off to when the gates are opened. It’ll be like greyhounds released at the races. You can stay engaged with your favorite artists in a lot of ways now, doing that and keeping up with what they’re doing can be a boss thing to do. It’s kind of symbiotic – the artist and fan feeding of each other’s energy in subtle ways. Things are gone right now but not forever, and when it all bursts I think the colours you’ll see will be like something else entirely. You won’t have realized blues could be so blue, and I for one am looking forward to that.

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Hillbilly Vegas

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 Steve Harris of Hillbilly Vegas.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

HARRIS: Oh you know we are all good. We’ve been very fortunate during this time to all have our health. So we hate not being able to be out playing but feel lucky to have our health.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

HARRIS: Truly the only blessing in this whole thing has been being able to focus solely on writing and recording. We’ve got our first full length album in 3 years on the way,

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

HARRIS: January was our last travel or show. We were out in LA for NAMM. Got off the plane went straight to Nashville for our first show of 2020…that show also ended up being our last too.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

HARRIS: We did some taping for online shows. Not real sure if we will use them or not

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

HARRIS: Yeah I think so. It may never be exactly like it was but we (humans) are a resilient bunch. We will find a way.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

HARRIS: Streaming the music, purchasing merchandise, and staying engaged. Fans have a unique opportunity during this pandemic. It’s never been easier to communicate with your favorite bands and get a response. We’ve all got nothing but time and we miss all the great people we are used to seeing out on the road.

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Awaken

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 Chase Reagan of Awaken.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

REAGAN: Pretty good. We are each keeping busy. Not only has it provided us time to work on the album, but we have all thankfully been blessed enough to keep our jobs throughout the pandemic.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

REAGAN: Yes in multiple aspects. Obviously Dustin and Chad worked really hard on the new album in which me and Jimi came in later and put our two cents in, so to speak. Dustin may secretly be working on some fun musical stuff. Personally, I’m about to start working on a rather heavy worship album. Music is life for us!

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

REAGAN: I attended Memphis May Fire at Capones in Johnson City TN!! They always bring the house down!

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

REAGAN: That is in the discussions!

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

REAGAN: I believe it will. A lot of that unfortunately is going to be based on our State and Federal leadership.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

REAGAN: Yes! Please support any band you can that you like! Especially the smaller bands who have been hit incredibly hard by this, those who grind the touring circuit to pay their bills! For us, just help spread the love and our music! We love our fans, they are truly incredible!

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With River Of Souls

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 Paul Beltman of River Of Souls.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

BELTMAN: Well, I must admit that Covid-19 surely had a negative impact on our excitement regarding the release of this year’s album ‘Usurper,’ but on the other hand: we and our families are all healthy and alive and that’s the most important!

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

BELTMAN: I haven’t been working on new tunes yet. On one side, after finishing the music and the production of the album, it takes some time to get into the composition mode again. And on the other hand, I had a lot promotional stuff to handle, and I haven’t attended rehearsals since March. The other band members are practicing once or twice a month, and the basis for a few new tracks is made. We expect to be able to start with the more serious rehearsals in October or November again, when our drummer Koen has set up his new recording setup in his rehearsal studio. But, mostly because we’re not able to bring our music through live shows, we have released a new lyric video last week. We’re very pleased with the results. It’s made by YOD Multimedia. We gave him some guidelines what how we felt it should look, gave a rough idea of the images, and we provided the lyrics of course. When we saw the video for the first time, it was directly spot-on : YOD nailed it.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

BELTMAN: Well… that was long ago… November 2018, I believe…. We had a few lineup changes in 2019 and it took a long time before we were able to play again, and once we were ready for our first shows with this lineup, the shutdown started… So, that was surely a major bummer. But I’m sure next year will be a good year for River Of Souls.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

BELTMAN: Once we have the studio ready, we might do a live session. But no solid plans yet.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

BELTMAN: If you start playing music to earn a living, then you’re having a really hard time, but that’s nothing new. The internet killed the indie artist years ago, but as long as people enjoy live music, live music will never die. That being said, live venues are having a really hard time. Some are facing bankruptcy at the moment. It could very well happen that many stages will disappear. So, yeah, some will go down, and maybe others will benefit from that. Time will tell.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

BELTMAN: Surely! If you really want to support the bands you really like: Buy their albums, be it physically (CDSs/vinyl/whatever), be it digital downloads (CD Baby, Bandcamp, iTunes, etc.). Playing their music on streaming platforms simply doesn’t help them much in a financial way, but in the case of River Of Souls, we’re not in a financial struggle, feel free to listen to our music through streaming, but please do listen to a complete album to understand what we’re doing!

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Once Upon A Flatline

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 Justin Flatline of Once Upon A Flatline.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

JUSTIN FLATLINE: Fortunately for everyone over at Once Upon a Flatline, we actually had a few things already lined up for release during the months where the safety of others outweighed everything else in our personal agendas. Thus, save for rescheduling a few shows and cutting our weekly practices out, things overall for the band haven’t really slowed up. As far as the members, most of us have kept up our work schedules and just have been living day to day patiently waiting for everything to open back up and for this disaster to be dealt with seriously. Fortunately, again, most of us live together and haven’t had to face the long days alone.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

JUSTIN FLATLINE: ABSOLUTELY. Our collective creative mind, of course, has taken a bit of a hit with the pandemic as well as the raising social issues going on in the country. We have, however, chosen to take action against this feeling of helplessness. The new songs that are presenting themselves are, in my honest opinion, better than ANYTHING on our upcoming EP.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

JUSTIN FLATLINE: In January Alexis, Dalton and a few other members of the Flatline crew drove up to Niagara Falls to catch Motionless In White and Beartooth on the Diseased and Disguised Tour. It was, without a doubt, some of the most fun I’ve ever had at a show. The performance those bands have mastered over the years is just that. A mastered craft. Gotta give it up for them. I’m so proud of how far Motionless has come. As a fan of theirs for so long, it’s truly inspiring to see what dedication and perseverance can help you accomplish.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

JUSTIN FLATLINE: We have live-streamed a song or two since the lockdown, but nothing to the extreme that I would call a show haha I think maybe we’ll do one in the coming months, perhaps to welcome the winter solstice.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

JUSTIN FLATLINE: This has been a thought I’ve gone back and forth on. I KNOW for a fact that if everyone can AGREE to do what needs to be done to rid ourselves of this terrible pandemic, that shows will be going on as we know and love them at some point in the future. That being said, with so many venues closing their doors for good, and all the jobs lost within the industry, it’s definitely going to be a different world. It’s heartbreaking but perhaps an opportunity for some new faces to show up around the world.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

JUSTIN FLATLINE: Honestly social media has become even more important than it was before. So just sharing around the bands you love, giving their content some plays and maybe even grabbing a shirt here or there could do a world of difference. Just keep yourself and those around you safe and wait for the horrors to pass, we will al be there with our guitars to sing about the better world we have made when the time comes. Until then- stay safe, stay vigilant and remember that love for your fellow persons can and will always win.

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Stone Sea

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 Stone Sea.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

STONE SEA: Trying to keep productive meanwhile, developing music production skills, reading books etc. It’s a great moment to get the best out of our introspection; if we get a little mad we can just transform it into art.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

STONE SEA: Sure, no better time to do it, to be honest. We are still planning on recording some songs this year.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

STONE SEA: I’ve been to the Metal2theMasses competition in Dublin – Ireland, I think it was the Heat 3. We were also meant to play in the Heat 4 but the lockdown came just right before it.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

STONE SEA: Not actually but that’s something interesting to invest on, for sure, we might go for it.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

STONE SEA: Yes, for sure. I don’t know how long that might take but it will eventually come back. I was working in the industry before it happened and it all went gone. Feels like a long time ago to be honest. I miss it a lot, not just working on it, but gathering with friends, watching live gigs, festivals, just seeing people being close to each other.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

STONE SEA: Definitely, and that goes to every band in the world at any time! We have t-shirts and CD’s to sell in our Bandcamp or MusicGlue page but many things are FREE: Check out our new music video “Dream Song” on YouTube, stream our songs, like our pages, subscribe to the channels, share our work, comment… You have no idea how much these little things can help the artists.