QUARANZINE: Ships Have Sailed


they were planning to set out on a 10-show tour before COVID, so what is their advice to get through without the live music?


Ships Have Sailed is the result of vocalist and guitarist Will Carpenter and drummer Art Andranikyan. The indie-pop duo somehow always knows how to make you feel important. Whether it be the lullaby-worthy voice of Carpenter or  their ability to relate to our ever changing lives, Ships Have Sailed has become a staple on our every day happy playlists. 


When the world locked down in March, we don’t think anyone really conceptualized what that would mean. Very few of us were capable of imagining a world in isolation. No more parties, no more dancing, no more live music. But for Ships Have Sailed, it hurt even more as they were preparing to set off on their first large tour. The tour was set to begin March 11 in Las Vegas and end on March 22 in Los Angeles with nine shows in between. With the mandatory shut down, the duo was hit hard. 



But they didn’t sulk. Instead, they curated acoustic covers that were socially distanced and filmed two new music videos. Ships Have Sailed can teach us a thing or two about seeing the glass half full, but they can also teach us a whole lot about how to keep the sense of live music alive in quarantine. Here are 3 amazing tips from Ships Have Sailed to get through life without live music: 


1) Obviously live-streams have become super common and accessible.  Most artists (including ourselves) are scrambling to figure out technology combinations that will allow them to stream hi-res video and sound, and we’re all slowly learning how to bring ourselves to your screens at a higher quality.  Most days I can’t go online without seeing several artists going live to play music and do Q&As, so there’s more access to virtual live music than probably ever before and, while it won’t replace the in-person experience, it does provide a way to connect with your favorite artists and also discover new ones.


2) One of the things lacking from the virtual show experience is direct human connection, so I’ve been experimenting with doing mixed format, split-screen, song swap conversations with some of my talented friends…they’ve been a fun way to connect ‘face-to-face’ and share some tunes and some sentiments from our personal lives while also getting to catch up with each other.  To be honest, it’s been a minute since I’ve done this, so writing this now I’m reminding myself to find a time to schedule the next one!


3) Zoom is your friend!  Whether you’re a creator, in the entertainment industry or otherwise, there are a lot of individuals and organizations doing virtual events over Zoom.  It’s really an interesting time with a lot of opportunities to connect virtually with people in all industries that perhaps may have been challenging to connect with otherwise.  I’ve been attending a bunch of events presented by The Guild of Music Supervisors that are really well moderated, socially relevant and incredibly informative and entertaining!  Apart from that, virtual happy-hours or coffee chats with friends and family are key to staying connected, and I know that artists are also doing semi-private meet-and-greets (I’m pinning that idea for later!) over Zoom as well!  From a creator’s perspective, I’ve been doing virtual writing and production sessions over Zoom, and honestly it’s been a very fruitful time creatively.


Truthfully, I think we’re all probably going a little stir crazy, but there are actually a lot of opportunities to connect with our fellow humans if you just look for them…we’ll get through this together, and I’m hoping the live event landscape is richer and more inclusive on the other side.