When the pandemic descended, Expandis had a complete timetable of performances—and out of the blue that slate was wiped clear.
“I have a ton of pals that did die that very first yr,” he suggests. “I started out to panic and take into account that this was going on to absolutely everyone at the same time. I sat down and began to think, which is it.”
As gigs fell away and carrying out artists started off to check out to determine out how to preserve generating a residing, Expandis started giving on line painting tutorials to swap some of his shed profits.
“A whilst back I traded a ordinary lifestyle to be able to do art. It was an either/or. I could not deliver pizzas and also occur property to make art. It would sap my strength,” suggests Expandis. “It’s a tough trade to make but if you’ve been doing art all of your everyday living, it’s your first language. You sort of have no alternative. You have to be who you are.”
At any time the re-inventor, Expandis commenced finding out to make audio and layer video clip with an iPad his husband or wife, Freda Mohr, gave him. In small purchase, he launched a YouTube channel with a song known as “Survive,” showcasing the trio that would evolve into Landis Harry Larry.
“Harry and Larry did not have names however, but they had been there,” Expandis says. “It’s not a content online video it is actually uncooked and if you glimpse in my eyes, I’m scared to death.”
As the personalities of Harry and Larry commenced to take shape, Expandis commenced to integrate humor into the audio, and music about the “new normal” emerged. “Cats in the Way” resolved the struggles of working from residence with animals in the mix, and “Back the Hale Up” grew to become an anthem for social distancing.