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

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 Alicja Moniatowicz and Steve Roberts of Evereal.

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

EVEREAL: Alicja: Barely, I am being held together by hopes and dreams and scotch tape.

Steve: Scotch first, then hopes and dreams.

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

EVEREAL: Alicja: After the initial depression lull, yes, back to writing again.

Steve: Yes, We have a few new tunes in the works and I have worked with other artists on isolation collaborations.

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

EVEREAL: Alicja: Evereal played a show at the Blarney Stone in Vancouver for a Battle of the Bands for an insurance industry event, it was pretty cool and we had a lot of fun.

Steve: We also did a live charity show to raise money for ALS. This show will be available soon as a pay per view.

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

EVEREAL: Alicja: We actually just did that for a charity event, it was Full Wattage for Karl Watt Endowment fund and fght against ALS and we raised some money for the cause, it was asuccess so we will learn from this first live streaming show and continue to look at future events for sure.

Steve: See above. It will be streaming soon as a live pay per view show.

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

EVEREAL: Alicja: I think it has to, or it will change and look different, but it will definitely survive. Just today I saw on social media that there was a petition that was tabled to our House of Commons to petition the Canadian Government to create an ongoing Candadian Musicians Support Fund to a) provide sustainable financial relief to professional musicians so they can earn a living wage, b) support rebuilding our music economy providing professional live music performance incentives to venues and c) provide additional funding for creative grants to support new candaian music creation, as well as for public school music education to foster the development of future Canadian musicians.

Steve: Sadly I fear not, not on a local live level that is. Corporate music will continue to pack large arenas while the smaller acts will have no smaller live venues to perform. This was happening before the pandemic and has only been accelerated. Add to that the new generation’s lack of interest in going to live music, digital streaming and video. In Vancouver we have seen almost all the live music venues/clubs/bars close in order to build high rises as the property value and rents are just too high to sustain a business that has limited clientele…So while creating a musicians fund is a nice idea, it’s a moot point if there’s nowhere to perform and no one attends…

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

EVEREAL: Alicja: Yes! Always! Firstly I would like to say you do not have to spend money to show your support! If you give us a follow on YouTube and Facebook, like share and subscribe that goes such a long way to be able to get our music heard and seen by many many more people and that helps SOOOO much. So please, don’t be shy and come say hi! We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and you can listen on Spotify!

Steve: Absolutely, As Alicja said… join us on Social media and show support by liking, following, subscribing and sharing our pages and posts. Interact with us so we know you’re out there listening. These small things give us a reason to keep creating and working on material for you. Sharing is caring!

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

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 Lucas Di Mascio of Malacoda.

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

LUCAS DI MASCIO: We’ve been holding up okay I think. Nobody’s gotten sick- I think we’ve all had a point where we’ve gone: “shit, am I sick?” but it was just a false alarm. Business for me has been hit or miss- lulls with some action here and there. Mostly I’m just trying to stay sane I think. I’ve worked on a surprising amount of music for clients and some side projects here and there which has helped a bit, but I miss gigging. I miss the momentum.

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

LUCAS DI MASCIO: Kind of, yeah. Malacoda had 3 EP’s worth of material written and mostly recorded long before the pandemic, so it was just a matter of polishing it up. Sending files to each other, mixing it and stuff like that. I’ve worked on some clients’ music as a mixing engineer and as a keyboardist, which has been fun, and I even released a goth rock recording project for fun with my buddy Michael Farina called Secondhand Depression. That was a really cool release, we didn’t put anything behind it and just treated it like a testing ground for how we could record stuff remotely. I think my girlfriend likes it more than my main band to be honest haha! We talked about doing more one day, maybe doing a covers album or something where we take some songs we dig and make them really gothic- I think we’re going to plan some stuff in the next few weeks for that actually.

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

LUCAS DI MASCIO: I can’t remember what the last show I attended was- it was a bit of a blur. I was going to a ton of concerts around that time. Maybe it was Kamelot in Toronto? I know I had tickets to Bloodbath but that gig got cancelled because of Covid. Last gig we played was at the Rockpile in Toronto, it was a fun show. Happened right around Halloween which is my favourite time of the year.

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

LUCAS DI MASCIO: We’ve been offered to be a part of some livestream festival thing in April, but I have to see if logistically we can make it happen. We all live in different cities and have different schedules. As much as I love playing live, the whole livestream thing is just not scratching that itch for me as a performer. I’d rather just keep working on new music, you know?

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

LUCAS DI MASCIO: I’ve worked out of commercial studios for a while before Covid hit and I’ve had conversations with major label players in the past, guys who work for Live Nation and even Spotify and like… dude, a lot of crap was hitting the fan long before Covid hit – and this is across all aspects of the music industry. Either way… the bands, the engineers and the venues and their staff suffer the most because they don’t get paid enough for the work they do or for their art. I honestly think the way things are going is really DIY. I’d really have to think about what a label has to offer me before signing another contract, because you can really do a lot yourself these days as far as distribution, touring and press goes. Funding it yourself gives you all the control, which means you can keep things going in line with your goals, not some label’s or some sketchy agent’s. I don’t think the industry as we know it will come through this unscathed, but I don’t see the current global behemoths going anywhere soon.

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

LUCAS DI MASCIO: The best thing to do is to visit our social media sites and our websites and buy some merch, and just stream the shit out of our music on the streaming services. If other musicians want to hire me as a producer, engineer, session keyboardist I’ll definitely give them a discount on my services during all this. Just support the bands you like, but especially the little guys. If you have any friends or family in a band, just buy a shirt or CD from them. It’ll mean a lot that you are supporting their craft. You can visit Malacoda sites here: malacodametal.com, Spotify, Bandcamp, Facebook, and Instagram.

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.