“A blessing in disguise.”
We have been working on this post-pandemic documentary film since June 2021. The idea for this project came to fruition immediately after the first round of concerts and music festivals were cancelled in mid-2020. We knew it was going to be a life changing event for many musicians. It was a story we had to tell, and immediately went on a search for the right subject.
Covid-19 world pandemic was such a catastrophic change and even career ending for many musicians and artists. When suddenly the world came to an end, we desperately wanted to get inside the mind of one of these musicians. One that was experiencing the aftershock effects and rising challenges that made it difficult to sustain a livable lifestyle.
We learned about the amount of uncertainty and pain artists had to deal when they found out about the tragic news that their next show was TBD. Suddenly there was a lot of discouragement brought upon them. The reality that this may lead to a non-existent future in the music industry. This caused many artists to fall into a depressive state and hopelessness for their futures.
There was a musician that really stuck out. Mr. Bill, an electronic musician, youtuber, and educator. Mr. Bill has a podcast that features a variety of industry folks. DJs, producers, sound designers, and managers. He will occasionally host a guest from outside the music world like Brad Marshall. A Molecular Biologist who invented “The Croissant Diet.” In every episode they go into elaborate conversation about what their daily schedule looked like throughout quarantine.
The idea for this story that attracted our filmmaking senses was witnessing these musicians, who work so hard and have irregular lifestyles, were side swiped with the idea of staying home. This put a large burden on them and the choice they made to pursue a career in music with the hopes that it will provide a sustainable lifestyle. It was so inspiring and educational to hear who these artists are outside of their alias’ when they aren’t trekking from city-to-city touring. We loved learning how they got their hands dirty when they didn’t have to be on the run anymore. Surprisingly many took extended breaks the first few months from touching music or an instrument. Losing all sense of enlightenment and inspiration. They wanted nothing to do with it.