As the world goes deeper into self-isolation, it is important to keep the lines of communication open and continue to support each other as much as we possibly can.
Acid Stag has launched a new series titled “CABIN FEVER” where we ask artists from all over the world to give us some insight into how self-isolation has affected their creativity and mental health, and also ask what they have/will be doing to keep their sanity and creativity flowing through these difficult times.
Today we’re continuing the series with Australian artist San Mei!
What is your current situation; are you at home alone, with family, or friends?
San Mei: I’m currently in mandatory self-isolation with 2 of my bandmates as we recently got back from the US together. We’ve only got one more day until our sweet release! We’ll still spend the majority of our time at home, but it’s gonna be good to get out in the open air again! It’ll also be good to get away from each other momentarily before one of us commits a felony.
Have you been dealing with any mental health issues as a result of this isolation?
San Mei: I’ve been faring pretty well on that side of things, all things considered. As an artist, I’ve been struggling a bit with that self-imposed pressure to be churning out material while I’ve got the down time. I’m just trying to have fun with writing songs and not letting myself feel bad if I don’t make as much progress as I want to.
What have you been doing to manage your mental state (e.g. meditation, yoga, writing music etc).
San Mei: I’ve been making sure to take care of myself with sticking to a daily schedule, staying productive, and exercising and eating well which is really important. I think making the best of the things that you can control is really good for a healthy mind – there are so many other things out of our control at the moment.
Have you tried collaborating with other artists online, and if that is a yes, do you feel this has helped you feel less isolated & confined?
San Mei: I haven’t collaborated online with anyone yet, but I have been writing with one of my bandmates at home more – I’m usually more of a solo writer but it’s been really fun and inspiring to work together on that side of things. I have been engaging with/chatting to other artists online more, which feels really nice and a reminder that we’re in it together.
Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share with fellow artists and your fans?
San Mei: These are unprecedented times, so it’s natural to feel scared or anxious, but remember that this will pass and we have the ability to come out the other side of it stronger than before.
What is your go-to track for ‘Feeling Good’?
‘Everything Has Changed’ by Best Coast
Check out San Mei‘s latest single ‘Cry’ which is available now via etcetc music.