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.
We’re checking in today with Danish artist Dillistone!
What is your current situation; are you at home alone, with family, or friends?
Dillistone: First of all thank you so much for having me. I’m currently super lucky to be living with my girlfriend and dog, so when me and her get annoyed at each other we just go for a long walk to cool off steam haha.
Have you been dealing with any mental health issues as a result of this isolation?
Dillistone: One of the main problems for me with any kind of working from home, is that there tends to be this kind of burst of productivity and followed by a lack of it. It can get really demotivating and I get so disappointed by my ‘lack of drive’. I used to get so frustrated with myself to the point that I had to seek professional help and learn to forgive myself and understand that it is also perfectly fine to relax. You don’t have to be working all the time, there are going to be days where you are flying and days where maybe you should just take the time to you.
Its something I struggle with that everyday, but especially now when there is not the same opportunity to structure my week (spending days in studios, meetings, social meet-ups), I try to prevent those negative thoughts by going on long walks, meditating and generally just finishing my ‘working’ day at a specific time. Otherwise I’d be eating myself up at 1am thinking “WHY AREN’T YOU WORKING”.
What have you been doing to manage your mental state (e.g. meditation, yoga, writing music etc).
Dillistone: I try to do Headspace everyday and an at least 1 hour long walk a day. Also funnily enough being very careful about managing my nicotine and caffeine intake, otherwise I turn into an ultra-night owl.
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?
TF: I had a few Zoom sessions, and to be honest it was super fun and worked out well. It was definitely a boost, especially since I think this rise of online session might save a lot of time in the future. Nothing will beat a session in-person but for reworking a track just jumping on a quick call is worth its weight in gold.
Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share with fellow artists and your fans?
Dillistone: Forgive yourself for not being at your most productive during a pandemic, make your bed in the morning and eat at least 3 times a day.
What is your go-to track for ‘Feeling Good’?
Dillistone: Ford., Sonn, & Hanz – ‘Home’ or Benjamin Torrens – ‘Wild Lavender’. The feels are so real for both, and inspire me so much.
Check out Dillistone‘s fresh new release ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ with ferdinant. which is out now!