And on we go with our little series.
Covid-19 and the taken measures have a big impact on everybody individually, but have also an impact on the music business. Enough of a reason to reach out to clubs, bands,… in the greater Hamburg area to see what the situation is and how everybody can stand together to go though this. Today we continue with rock powerhouse Blast Bomb and their guitarist Torben, describing the situation there.
Markus Heavy Music Blog: Torben, what were your first thoughts when an imminent lockdown became apparent in the course of March?
Torben: Clearly, we thought about the upcoming concerts first. Furthermore we had booked a studio date in May to record our next EP. All dates were close to be at risk or it was not clear how it will continue. Also the band rehearsals were in danger of course.
MHMB: The scheduled Blast Bomb live shows, to what extent can these shows be moved to a later date?
Torben: Yes, we had planned some shows which were directly cancelled or postponed. At first, some were moved to the second half of the year, but that was soon done too. In the end, nobody knows how and when things can go on again, especially how live concerts will look like by then. Unfortunately we have no other option than to wait and see.
MHMB: The situation is devastating for the music business. What were your first measures in the lockdown situation and do you receive governmental support?
Torben: We’re in a situation where we all still have regular jobs, so it’s not that bad. The bank account itself of course does not look like the way it should.
MHMB: Did you guys ever get to a point during the last few weeks, thinking that the Corona crisis might lead to the end of the band?
Torben: No, not at all.
MHMB: Beside all the drama, do you also feel a new solidarity in the world of music? It feels like everyone is moving a little closer together?
Torben: At the end of the day, everyone is in the same situation and we try to exchange ideas and help each other as much as we can.
MHMB: Nobody knows at the moment how things will evolve. When do you think concerts can take place again in the future?
Torben: We don’t expect anything to take place before spring 2021 and when concerts can take place again, it will probably be seated with appropriate spacing rules. “Normal” probably won’t be back until there’s a vaccine. But maybe there will be some fundamental changes in how we handle concerts and live events in the future.
MHMB: I think that the Corona crisis makes clear to everybody how crucial live music is. Only when you don’t have concerts anymore, you see how important they are. To what extent can music fans support you to survive the crisis?
Torben: Buy our records, our shirts and stuff 😉 . As soon as we can return to the studio, we will record new material. To do this, money is needed and we can not earn it through live performances at the moment. Therefore it is even more important to support the bands. We would also like to stream live events directly into the net, but a small band lacks the possibilities to make it happen with a reasonable sound. If there is someone out there who can support us, we are of course open for it.
MHMB: Torben, thanks for making some time. Is there anything else from your side that you would like to mention?
Torben: Stay healthy and take care of yourselves. Support small bands as soon as will give live concerts again. Currently, people notice that something is missing. Maybe small club concerts will get the attention they deserve.
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