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.
In today’s edition we’re touching base with Roméo and Linden from US/UK duo FARR to see how they’re handling everything at the moment.
What is your current situation; are you at home alone, with family, or friends?
Roméo – for the first few weeks it was just my girlfriend and I at our apartment while I self-quarantined post Europe. Now I’ve gone away to a house in the mountains with my best friend and girlfriend to wait this out as long as possible. I needed to get as far away from Los Angeles as possible.
Have you been dealing with any mental health issues as a result of this isolation?
Linden – Spending too much time on your own will definitely leave you with a lot of spare time to let your mind wonder and often create problems… I’ve found myself feeling quite anxious about the global situation and the effect on my career, but I always seem to find some kind of peace in the fact that we’re all in this together and that there’s people who are much worse off than me. I’m very grateful to be isolating in a safe place with a full home studio setup.
What have you been doing to manage your mental state (e.g. meditation, yoga, writing music etc).
Linden – I’ve been working on music non-stop. I’m working back and forth with a lot of different people getting new FARR songs finished up and collaborating with other artists. I’ve also been making sure to keep eating a balanced diet and also getting out the house for a bike ride once a day. I’ve also found that dedicating time to calling friends and family each day makes you feel a lot less isolated and can help put things in perspective.
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?
Roméo – This is kind of the way we work year round. We collaborate with other artists a ton and have actually probably been preparing for this since we met. Working over the internet is actually really fun for us. I think it forces you to approach your process a different way. I also think that because people have had to stop whatever they were doing and now have more time on their hands they feel more inclined to reach out to other artists, it’s made for a great time to create things that wouldn’t get made otherwise.
Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share with fellow artists and your fans?
Be yourself! Everyone else exists!
What is your favourite go-to track for feeling good?
Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover… Every time.
Check out FARR‘s latest album ‘Weightless’ which is out now via etcetc.