Days of Rona: Andrew James Costa Reuscher of Megaton Leviathan

The statistics of COVID-19 change with every news cycle, and with growing numbers, stay-at-home isolation and a near-universal disruption to society on a global scale, it is ever more important to consider the human aspect of this coronavirus. Amid the sad surrealism of living through social distancing, quarantines and bans on gatherings of groups of any size, creative professionals — artists, musicians, promoters, club owners, techs, producers, and more — are seeing an effect like nothing witnessed in the last century, and as humanity as a whole deals with this calamity, some perspective on who, what, where, when and how we’re all getting through is a needed reminder of why we’re doing so in the first place.

Thus, Days of Rona, in some attempt to help document the state of things as they are now, both so help can be asked for and given where needed, and so that when this is over it can be remembered.

Thanks to all who participate. To read all the Days of Rona coverage, click here. — JJ Koczan

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Days of Rona: Andrew James Costa Reuscher of Megaton Leviathan (Portland, Oregon)

How are you dealing with this crisis as a band? Have you had to rework plans at all? How is everyone’s health so far?

Well as far as the band I was just in the middle of reimagining a new lineup and configuration for the next incarnation of the band. So officially it’s just me. I was working on booking a Fall West Coast tour then the pandemic hit. I’m not exactly paying my mortgage being a Megaton Levia-dude so I’m not too worried about my “music career.” I can blow y’all’s minds later. I’m going to clip along and make music regardless and the studio is a place where I thrive. Fortunately I, like many other musicians, have a home studio, though I has some tasty outboard gear I need to learn how to caress correctly. This downtime gives me more time to focus on getting better at drums as well. I’ve been playing for many years but never tracked myself on my albums — that might change.

What are the quarantine/isolation rules where you are?

I’m a… I guess I’ll just say an autism worker by trade. I run an agency and have contractors under my license. I’ve had my hands full directing and making sure everyone is handling this correctly. Fortunately the state of Oregon is letting us work remotely with our clients via Facetime text whathaveyou. Some of my guys are busy out there risking their lives getting supplies for these dudes. I currently live with my client and that has its challenges. Luckily marijuana is deemed essential so that helps him. In my house we don’t have company. We keep the distance and fuck those Clorox wipes we use bleach water and rags and clean the fuck out of the house regularly. We all wash our hands, shower and clean our clothes. I have type-two diabetes and some other health issues. I’ve gotten myself off of insulin and lost 40 pounds but I’m not exactly getting younger so I’m not taking any chances.

How have you seen the virus affecting the community around you and in music?

Yeah, my heart goes out those who got hit while out on the road. Hugs my dudes, it’s hard enough as it is. I feel it. But you know what man I think the world needs art and I wish it was respected more in general. It’s a sign of a prevalent society and if your paying attention society doesn’t respect music at all. People put a lot of work into it and risk. I hope this pandemic challenges the way society views such things and quits taking it for granted. America is killing its youth.

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything?

I’m not that important. Hope I’ll be around to do my thing on the ebb-tide. I’ve been working out doing yoga and feeling the fire, looking forward to bringing it to the 15 or so people who show up to my shows when they happen. Personally it’s a good time to focus on magick music and getting to now thyself. Be the change you want to see in the world. Vibe on.

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2 Responses to “Days of Rona: Andrew James Costa Reuscher of Megaton Leviathan”

  1. keifer says:

    yeah hi andrew hows it going any luck with ruining my life yet?

  2. keifer says:

    wheres the part of the interview where he talks about how much he likes hurting and manipulating people

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