The entertainment industry has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with notably severe impacts on cinemas, events, and live music.
With live shows canceled, Ino Tiglao (bassist), Felix Basilio (guitarist), Bogs del Rey (guitarist), Dee Cruz (vocalist), and Jepoy Santos (drummer) of Filipino math rock band Run Dorothy reveal how they are currently adapting to the contact-less world.
“A lot has changed, everyone tried to adjust to the ‘new normal’ but, still, it is very different from playing live gigs,” Dee tells My Pope Philippines as she recalls their last performance during the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Mall of Asia last December 2019.
“Nag-iba na ang meaning ng live gig ngayon— from an actual physical performance to becoming just virtual performance. Kailangan ikaw na rin ang mag-setup ng lights and camera mo at hindi lang instruments,” Dee adds. (Read: 3 Things to Do if You’re Feeling Lonely, According to Gracenote)
“The shift has geared more towards online consumption of music for obvious reasons. But music as a whole is still thriving. A lot of music is still being put out by people who are capable of doing so during these tough times,” Ino explains.
As the country continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19, many restaurants permanently closed since the pandemic began— and one of them is the famed music venue Route 196.
The beloved bar in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City had been home to many rising bands and solo musicians for 15 years. (Read: The Chocolate Kiss to Permanently Close Its Doors on June 23)
“Madaming nagbago pero pinakamasakit yung nawala yung Route 196. Ang hirap isipin na pagbalik sa normal ng lahat may isang lugar nang nawawala,” Basi says.
“Hearing the news about Route 196 was devastating. Apart from it being our homecourt where our EP was launched, I feel for the employees who lost their jobs. I was actually really close with them and look forward to seeing them every time we play or watch gigs there,” Dee adds.
Better Days Ahead
Once the pandemic eases up, the band hopes to write more songs together and hopefully jam again with their bandmates and fans. (Read: Hey Moonshine Shares Music Inspirations, Story Behind Their Latest Single)
“We’ve had different influences that we have yet to have the chance to explore on how we could make it work for our music. Brewing the ideas for now and hopefully in the near future, have an avenue to make the songs into reality,” Ino shares.