Interview- Adi Popescu (The Rock Out) - Life in time of Covid - 19

I met Adi and the rest of the band when they came over to my studio to film a video for their second single “Glow” and they were nice enough to pose for my “Music Men in BnW” project as well.

Their debut album, “What a woman” came out literally days before the lockdown and all their shows got cancelled. Have a listen, it’s awesome!

What part of the world are you in and how are things your end?

Adi: I’m in Bucharest, Romania. Things are looking okay-ish here, i suppose.. We’re under a nation wide emergency state but from what i’ve seen people are doing well - we’re respecting all safety recommendations, of course, and hopefully things will be kept under control. It seems they have been so far.

What do you do now you’re stuck at home and all the gigs got cancelled?

Adi: I’m keeping busy with all the other projects i have. I’m a 3rd year student at the Bucharest Conservatory and i also teach guitar - now all of these have moved online and, ironically, I actually got busier than ever! I’m also keeping in touch with the guys in the band and we’re trying to work around the whole lockdown thing.

What’s the most frustrating thing for you these days?

Adi: I miss gigging a lot! The buzz of playing live music! And i miss rocking out with the guys! But hey, we’re gonna plow through this thing and get back out there!

Do you find any silver lining in all this?

Adi: Trees are in bloom this time of the year. Because the city’s no longer smothered in fumes, i could actually smell them for the first time in many years.

Mental health

How’s your head?

Adi: I’m holding up fine. I’m lucky to be under lockdown with my girlfriend. We nerd out about each other’s work and there’s wine at the end of the day. Truth be told, we sometimes bring out the wine sooner :)).

I’m also staying in touch with my son as much as possible. Traffic restrictions have made things difficult, but not impossible, and i’m lucky to see him weekly. He’s growing up to be quite the musical rascal.

Work-wise, I stay busy making music, recording, composing, getting gear acquisition syndrome. Hopefully I’ll have some new demos for the boys by the time we’re out. Likely.

Any tips on how to cope with the lockdown?

Adi: You can do what I did - which is DO EVERYTHING AT ONCE!!!!!! 😱😱😱🔥🔥🔥⚡️⚡️⚡️- which sucks for mental health, but is very efficient for making time fly. Oooooor, you could be reasonable and start with something you know you enjoy doing and experiment from there. Read, watch movies, play, create anything from music to stories to cocktails , and don’t feel guilty about any of it. You’re coping, not (just) entertaining yourself. I really recommend the creative stuff, though. Especially the things you haven’t tried yet - you never know what you might discover about yourself 🙂 lockdown selfie:

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