When I listen to Evereal, I am reminded that concert season is practically here. Hopefully, there will be actual concerts this year. If I get the chance to see Evereal, I am going to throw all of my money at the merch person – literally but nicely of course.
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Where have you been staying in 2020?
At home. Home being Canada. We all live in the Vancouver and Fraser Valley area of British Columbia.
What have you been doing during times of quarantine?
For the first three months of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, we couldn’t rehearse due to the pandemic restrictions. Everyone just put things on pause. But as the restrictions began to ease a bit, we decided to get back to rehearsing, and Steve started focusing on new material. He’s always writing anyway and had a lot of ideas that just needed lyrics. He and Alicja have done most of the work on the new material. So they have been working on several new songs. Then in the fall of 2020, we started working with a local studio, MNET Media, which has a big sound and video studio, with the idea of putting on a one-hour virtual concert. We recorded the show in late 2020 and then broadcast it in early 2021, with proceeds from ticket sales going to the ALS Society of BC.
Have you found or re-found any hobbies?
We all have our own hobbies. Gord, our bass player, is into ATVs, which is an outdoor activity so that’s one thing you can do during a pandemic. Nelson is into outdoor stuff too — backpacking and cycle touring, so he continued doing that. Steve’s hobby is music anyway, and producing, so he just buried himself in that. Alicja has found running outside and is really enjoying it.
What have you been listening to lately?
Nelson: I’ve been watching a lot of concerts on Youtube — Nightwish, Rush, Metallica, all kinds of stuff.
Alicja: I’ve been listening to new pop and old 90’s. Also true crime podcasts haha.
Has your songwriting process changed this year?
Not really, actually. Even before the pandemic, Steve tended to write in isolation. He’ll come up with the music, and send it to us. Alicja will come up with a melody and some lyrics. She has her own mini studio at home, so basically Steve will send her the music, and she’ll come up with a vocal melody and lyrics, record the vocals over the music, and send it back. Sometimes they will get together at Steve’s studio. But basically, we were already kind of used to working remotely anyway even before the pandemic.
Alicja: Yes, it has been super handy to have a set up at home to get ideas down and send to each other for sure.
Is there any message that you would like to convey to fans or soon-to-be fans?
We can’t see you live, but we can talk to you on social media. We love interacting with fans. So don’t be shy — we’d love to hear from you on social media, and we are on pretty music every platform — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
What is something positive that has happened to you during 2020?
For the band, doing the virtual concert was a good experience. It gave us something to work towards at a time when playing live gigs just wasn’t an option. It allowed us to do a full show on stage. The cool thing about it is that, while people were watching, they were able to interact with us in a chat function. So we could actually chat with the fans while they were watching the show as it was being broadcast. So that was a unique experience.
Alicja: Yes, the live streaming show was a great experience and was another opportunity for us to get better and perfect our craft.