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

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 Diseased Earth.

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

DISEASED EARTH: It’s not been so bad. most of all us were still working and such, so had that to keep ourselves occupied. I think the first month or so was the worst because we weren’t sure about practicing and such, so we didn’t get together to try and risk it.

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

DISEASED EARTH: Yes, we’ve been writing up a storm. I believe we have 6-8 new songs in the works total during the pandemic. It’s really all we can do and channel all this emotion and everything into our music.

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

DISEASED EARTH: Our last show before the shutdown was at IX art park in Charlottesville. It was a great show and our buddy Cody from The Liquor Portal came out and filmed it. its available on YouTube. There was a great crowd and energy to that show.

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

DISEASED EARTH: We already have done one and have talked about doing more.

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

DISEASED EARTH: I mean music is a great stress release for a lot of people and I don’t think it will ever go away. The loss of venues will drive people to get more creative and get back to more DIY stuff, such as house shows.

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

DISEASED EARTH: Stream bands music, buy merch, buy albums. Share songs with your friends. Bands can’t tour and make money now, so all of that stuff is extremely important.

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

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 Freedivers.

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

FREEDIVERS: We had many plans that could not be carried out, but we decided to take advantage of the situation and we dedicated ourselves to working in the studio, we began to work on some ideas that we had left forgotten and now we are finishing the recording for a new EP.

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

FREEDIVERS: Yes, we have used this time to work on some songs that we had yet to finish and a new EP will come out soon.

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

FREEDIVERS: I went to see a friend who was doing a concert with his band in a small club in the center of Barcelona.

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

FREEDIVERS: No, we really haven’t thought about it. We prefer to wait for everything to pass and do it the old way.

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

FREEDIVERS: Oh yes, for sure. All this will happen and live concerts will return. Fortunately, we have great scientific advances and humanity has a great capacity for recovery. Remember, we went to the moon.

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

FREEDIVERS: Certainly these are difficult times for music and musicians. If any fan feels the need to help us, they can visit our official website and buy our music or merchandise.

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

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 Jenna Leigh-Raine.

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

JENNA LEIGH-RAINE: I think, like most recording artists, it’s given me a fresh outlook and space to record a new album. I’m currently half way into finishing my next album in writing form so far.

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

JENNA LEIGH-RAINE: Yes, I’ve been recording what will be my next album. It’s predominantly rooted in rock with synth sonic walls. The themes seem to be based around dark force and finding peace within your life. It also mentions ‘How We Killed The World’ in a track called ‘GROUND’.

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

JENNA LEIGH-RAINE: The last show you may have seen me perform was at the Camden Roundhouse. The last gig I saw was Gary Numan’s (R)evolution tour in London.

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

JENNA LEIGH-RAINE: Yes. Most probably on Stage It or Twitch, once I’ve completed the first single from the new album. I plan to do this by the end of February.

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

JENNA LEIGH-RAINE: After hearing about some venues’ plans, they will hopefully open very soon, such as the world famous 100 Club on Oxford Street, London. But in general no one seems sure about the industry’s future, but I think it will survive. It will be different, I suspect we may even see shorter gigs. I was also imagining future designed venues that are made with huge ventilation flaps that rotate with filters purifying air etc. Gone the days of sweaty clubs

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

JENNA LEIGH-RAINE: I would invite them to view my Bandcamp, BigCartel and Linktree. My albums are also available via HMV UK,FOPP UK, Amoeba USA and Rough Trade UK /USA.

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

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 Tarah G. Carpenter and Coralie Hervé of Tarah Who?.

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

TARAH WHO?: CH : It begins to be pretty long hahaha. It was great to be able to practice and work on some new music but it’s really hard to not be able to play shows.

TGC: Yeah I agree. I was busy writing the new album and making the demos. Everything is recorded now and ready to go. There is always work to do to prepare for a release so I am not saying I am not busy, but I do miss playing Live shows.

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

TARAH WHO?: CH : Yes we actually did!!! We recorded a new album that will come out in April!!

TGC: Yes, we recorded a new album and now we are getting ready to release singles and music videos. Stay tuned! Our first single ‘Swallow that Pill’ comes out on the 22nd of January.

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

TARAH WHO?: TGC: We actually did have one show in October 2020 in Oklahoma, for a motorcycle event. It was outside and out there in the country. The last show before the shutdown was somewhere in LA. we were getting ready to go on tour and play for the first time in Vancouver, CA! What a bummer.

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

TARAH WHO?: TGC: We might, but it hasn’t been a priority at the moment. Just want to make sure we have everything set up for the album first.

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

TARAH WHO?: CH: I really hope so!! It might be hard to go back at it, but it will be fine, everybody needs it.

TGC: People are creative. It is going to be hard, but we are already coming up with ways to do shows, whether it is a drive-thru or livestream. It doesn’t make up for it, but I am sure that we are going to figure this out sooner rather than later. 🙂

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

TARAH WHO?: CH : Thank you very much for your support!! We have some merch on our website and you can find our music everywhere.

TGC: Yeah! Actually, that is super nice to think about that. Thank you! Yeah, we have been selling merch on our website: www.tarahwho.com. We made a Covid-19 version of our tour t-shirt and it has been really successful! Like Coralie said, any music or video sharing or buying is a huge help as well 🙂

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

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 Ask Carol.

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

ASK CAROL: Since the lockdown in March, we have stayed in Carol’s home place. It’s a small place in the Norwegian wood, with very few people, and therefore naturally isolated. They have a few houses on their family property, and we have set up a music studio and an art and t-shirt workshop there. We were lucky, we arrived home from a tour in the Philippines just a few days before lockdown. Everything, all concerts, new tours, all cancelled, so we have been stuck here ever since. We have tried to stay busy, but being isolated so long really takes its toll. But, to look at the positive side of this, we had the time to make our first ever music videos, all on our own, and release our self-produced singles. That has been some really good highlights for us in an otherwise weird, crazy, depressing year.

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

ASK CAROL: Yes, we have had so much stuff to do. At first we were kind of paralyzed by the situation, the not knowing, everything being postponed and no travels, concerts or touring happening. But then we decided to make the best of this crazy situation, and use the time to focus on creating stuff, recording new songs, making our first real music videos, making t-shirts and other merch and more. Our main goal now is to get our debut album finished this spring.

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

ASK CAROL: The last show we played was on our Filipino Tour, just around a week before the shut down here in Norway. It was in the Open Air Auditorium in Rizal Park in Manila. It was before people knew how serious the Covid situation would get, so there was a lot of people there. It was outside, and a big space, so the risk was very low. It was an awesome show, and an amazing experience. Really glad we got to do that before the pandemic got too bad.

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

ASK CAROL: We have considered doing some livestreams, but we decided to wait until we get hold of some better sound and video equipment to get higher quality on the stream. There’s a lot more to it than people realize. To get a decent sound, you can’t just put up your phone. After our current album recording period that is our next project, setting up a live streaming rig.

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

ASK CAROL: Yes. At the moment it is hard to say how, when, and in what form, but it will definitely come back. Many venues and others working with live entertainment are struggling hard at the moment, so it is important that governments etc. do their part too. It might take some time, but people will always want live music. After watching livestreams for months, it just isn’t the same as going to a real live show.

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

ASK CAROL: Keep listening to theirs’ and our music, telling all your friends and others who might like it 🙂 Oh, and of course, check out the merch store and see if there’s anything you like: https://www.askcarolmusic.com/merch

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

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 The Last Element.

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: It´s heavy…. we want to get out in the open again. But it´s also a time to write more and more music. We really want to start doing some epic gigs, but for now nothing is possible and no venues are open here in Holland… It sucks, we also have tickets to a lot of our favorite bands, that we still can´t use. But yeah we gotta make the most out of it, we do that by focusing on writing new and better songs.

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: Owww I jumped the gun.. yeah 😉 ! But not only writing new music and lyrics, we are also working very hard on improving our visual identity, new artwork, new merch a new improved logo and a video for our next release.

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: Our last gig was with Skillet, which was a while back. The drummer broke his leg and we went out of rotation for a bit, then corona hit… blegh.

Last show I had planned was I Prevail, but the lockdown started a couple days earlier… so nope! That sucked so hard.

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: We did some quarantine vids to keep sane:

We now just focus on writing new music and preparing for new live shows, we hope there will be some shows in 3-4 months or so!

If any cool livestream opportunities present themselves meanwhile we might just do it.

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: Of course it will, the obstacle to overcome always makes one stronger. It sucked hard and I know a lot of great venues didn’t survive the onslaught. But people need music maybe I’m speaking for myself, but I could not live without and there must be more that feel the same. So we will always work hard to get new and better music out there. You see that some of the big bands really found ways to work with the limitations, also virtual concerts and stuff like that.

But think about it this way, when we can finally have live shows again, it’s gonna be a burst of people, maybe bigger and sicker shows then we’ve ever seen. Once you lose something you realize how important it is, when you get it back, you only value it more and more!

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: Yeah!!! Stream our stuff!! We get almost nothing for it haha, but on the other hand it really amplifies our reach! Share it if you love it.

Furthermore we also have some merch, we earn a little from that as well! If you want to check out merch, you can send us an inquiry at info@thelastelement.net
We’ll have our online store available at our site soon!

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

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 Poison Oak.

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

POISON OAK: To be honest we have not really been affected in North Queensland Australia. I guess we live in a lucky part of the world.

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

POISON OAK: Yeah, we have continuously been working on new music, especially during the pandemic. It’s been a great time to consolidate new songs, without the pressure of playing shows.

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

POISON OAK: We didn’t get a chance to play any shows before the lockdown.

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

POISON OAK: Not at the moment, things are pretty much all opened up here in Townsville where we live, and we have a few live shows lined up.

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

POISON OAK: Yeah, I think it will, because people also want to go out and see music despite what is going on. People will keep making art and music and this won’t stop them.

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

POISON OAK: Check us out on Spotify or any other listening service. All we want is for people to listen to our music… and they might just like it.

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

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 VAYA.

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

VAYA: Hi Metal Anarchy, well we started a post production process at the end of 2019, so we are still on it and are even able to work deeper on some details because everything is slowing down.

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

VAYA: Yes! It is always the same. When I finish an album, the next one comes up right away. 🙂

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

VAYA: It was in Toronto.

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

VAYA: No, because we do not have the time for it. We are deeply involved in the process of the post production of this second Opus.

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

VAYA: We hope so, as well as create new places to express music.

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

VAYA: Simply continue to support our music by listening to it. 🙂 Thank you and all good wishes for Xmas and New Year.

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

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 Mindwake.

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

MINDWAKE: It’s difficult to cope with the epidemic. We released our album in September, but we are currently unable to schedule concerts, or even to do rehearsals because we are currently still confined. We each make music at home. We take the opportunity to prepare the continuation and be able to get out of the news as soon as the Covid pandemic has ended.

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

MINDWAKE: Oh yes dude! We have a new EP that I’m currently recording the vocals for. I can’t wait to share this with you. The next album is also being composed.

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

MINDWAKE: Our last concert was in August at home, then there was the second confinement.

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

MINDWAKE: No, this is not planned. We cannot currently see each other in rehearsal without perhaps taking a fine. We must be confined to our home and go to work, that’s all we can do… Long live France lol

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

MINDWAKE: Yes I think so, at least I hope so with all my heart. It is an absolute necessity, many people work in this environment and are currently unemployed. So for all the people who need to see concerts, to appreciate live music, we will never delete concerts permanently, it’s impossible. Otherwise we go to the street and we do a big hardcore show in the middle of it haha.

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

MINDWAKE: Share our sounds as much as possible. You know man, social media is a big deal for us in the music industry. We prefer to share our passions in real life and promote human relationships than to be constantly on the Internet, life is outside and not on a screen. So if you want to help us, share our music as much as possible, come talk to us, let’s share things together and move on.

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

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 Dan Fenton and Chase Arocha of Voltagehawk.

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

DAN FENTON: Well in spite of our best efforts to follow CDC guidelines, quarantine and such, 3 out of 4 of the band members have had it and come through it mostly unscathed. It has been our strangest year yet but we have been maintaining creativity through out.

CHASE AROCHA: There have been many ups and downs from it. It’s been great to spend time with my fiancé and daughter, doing lots of puzzles and watching every great show we have wanted to watch. Not being on the road or playing shows for a long time definitely had some feelings of how do we call ourselves musicians if we aren’t personally giving people a moment of entertainment and peace during these times of chaos.

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

DAN FENTON: 100%. We have a 13 song space epic called “Electric Thunder” in the can already. Recorded at Electric Thunder Studios in Berry Hill with our producer Geoff Pillar and mastered at Magic Garden Mastering in LA by Grammy award winner Brian Lucey. Set for release early next year. We have also accumulated about 36 work tapes of even newer material since March.

CHASE AROCHA: Always! We are always writing and most of us have little studios at home. So we are always sending tracks back and forth to each other even before the pandemic, but it certainly increased after.

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

DAN FENTON: I believe it was the Exit/In with the Pink Spiders. It was a great send off for the strangest fucking year ever.

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

CHASE AROCHA: I believe so, we are doing our best to adapt and keep moving forward with shows in any way we can!

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

DAN FENTON: Art, sound all of it began well before any of us were even in existence and it has stood the test of time through pandemics, wars, genocide and the slow destruction of the earth. Art will always recover and truly grow, monetizing the art is not what makes it valuable. We will find a way to share what we create as man has since he drew on caves. We don’t worry about those behind the scenes who line their pockets as part of a broken industry that tells people what music they like. If you want to survive, you will.

CHASE AROCHA: I believe so. The amount of outside shows and drive-in shows people are setting up now has made me see that we will always find a way to play and that people need it. We need music and not just playing in our homes but to experience something together. We will find a way to make it work, I just really hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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

DAN FENTON: Buy merch, share our music with your friends. DM us on socials and tell us you’re doing okay, we’ll talk to you. We’re gonna be fine through all this, but we want you to listen and share our songs, share empathy with your neighbor, give to local organizations like food banks and shelters. It’s snowing today and a lot of people are hungry and cold. Find someone like Gideon’s Army in Nashville who are fighting for social justice and to aid and protect those who are in need. Play our music while you hand out food.

CHASE AROCHA: Check out all our social medias for things we are doing! We are starting a Twitch channel sharing some studio stuff, along with getting ready to release another album. The sky is the limit and luckily with the power of the Internet we can send our content out to the world. With enough work/luck I think we will be ok. I just hope for us to end this pandemic in a safe healthy way for people, not just ignoring that it exists and going back to normal. We’ve lost too many people already.