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The Coronavirus Quarantine Silver Lining, Part 2: Devin Townsend Launches “Quarantine Project”

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Like Revocation’s Dave Davidson, Devin Townsend will be using the current shutdown of the entire world productively: he’s launched what he’s calling the “Quarantine Project” as a thank you to all the loyal fans who have contributed to his crowdfunding campaign to stay financially afloat during this extremely bizarre time, which forced him, like so many artists, to postpone upcoming tour dates (and therefore sacrifice income). Devin’s goal was to raise $50,000; as of this writing, he’s up to $59,392. So… not too shabby, eh?

So what has the Quarantine Project yielded? Well, for starters, this gorgeous new track:

Devy outlined plans for the Quarantine Project moving forward in an accompanying statement and pair of tweets:

“Hello all, welcome to the first installment of my ‘Quarantine Project.’

“I want to be able to provide some relief during these coming times in the ways that I am able. People have been supportive of me in my time of need with the GoFundMe campaign, as we lost a lot of revenue due to the current and foreseeable touring cycle, and want to make sure I can provide something that in some way begins to say ‘thank you’. In the ways Im able, I will provide as much content as I can during this period as its what I feel I can offer.

“My company has a lot of people involved, and your support has saved us in so many ways. I know we are all affected by this and yes, I could look for another job during this period like so many others will have to, but I figure that the best thing I can do is focus on my work and hopefully provide some sort of relief doing what Im best at. I want to give back as much as I can over the next while, and I hope that some of the work I can manage here will provide a bit of comfort during these troubled times for those who enjoy what I do.

“This first song, is just a melancholy sort of thing called ‘Quarantine’ to start the proceedings. The idea with this is that it may be many different styles, Twitch streams, concerts, perhaps a podcast… I have been kept afloat by the audience and wish to help in any way I can. (I am just learning how to do video and I will try to get more proficient at it as the time goes by).

“I will do everything I can to help in the ways that Im able. On behalf of myself, Northern Music, HevyDevy Records, and the entire team that makes up my professional world, Thanks for supporting (saving) our business during this downturn. We realize the amount of people that are suffering and dont take this lightly. I figure the best way I can express this is to simply get to work. I will make sure I provide for the people who donated especially.

“I am working on lots of ideas to provide during this hard period. I truly cant express my gratitude enough.

“Thank you.

“Drums: Morgan Agren
“Violguitar: Mattias Eklundh”

I suspect more musicians will follow Devin’s lead in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, stay tuned for more from Mr. Townsend…

[via The PRP]

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