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 Death In Paradise.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
DEATH IN PARADISE: Besides almost turning into a full blown alcoholic…I managed to direct a lot of attention into doing art and writing…I must’ve did about fifteen paintings…I was also staying alone in a cottage in the countryside of Portugal, really basic living…..I managed to write most of an entire follow up album plus some! Everyday, I had a couple bottles of wine, smokes and focused on the songs and writing….and when I hit a bump, I would switch to painting…then back again…that was pretty much it…besides the occasional window to get out of the house for supplies and such, whilst coping with miserable loneliness and bouts of depression.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
DEATH IN PARADISE: Yes, like I said earlier, I took advantage of it…turn what seemed to be a bad thing, into good and milk the situation for what it’s got.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
DEATH IN PARADISE: Must’ve been when I did a show at Hard Rock Cafe Lisbon…but for the most part prior to the pandemic, I was in the studio laying down the final guitar tracks and vocals for the Death in Paradise “Sacrificing the Goat” album.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
DEATH IN PARADISE: It’s funny that you asked, I did a full unplugged livestream set via Facebook, it was great to share some new material with all our friends and supporters…they loved and appreciated it I believe.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
DEATH IN PARADISE: It will take a while, but certainly…as long as we do what we have to do to get over and passed this…. music will always be a part of the human psyche. Sharing a togetherness with music as a platform is something tribal and primal etched in us…
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
DEATH IN PARADISE: Support the artists…. just knowing that we haven’t lost the support, the people who love the music who are waiting to attend shows…who aren’t completely disenchanted with it all, knowing that you are still out there..means a lot. Thank you.