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 hitting up Go Freek to see how things have been travelling.
What is your current situation; are you at home alone, with family, or friends?
Go Freek: Living with two best mates, very grateful for that with everything thats happening. Top notch fellas!
Have you been dealing with any mental health issues as a result of this isolation?
Go Freek: For sure, I’m sure most people are feeling it at times, creating and writing music has been my saviour. If I’m creating I definitely notice my mood being lifted, particularly when I feel like I’m making something good.
What have you been doing to manage your mental state (e.g. meditation, yoga, writing music etc).
Go Freek: As above, I’ve been so grateful to be able to focus on my passion, being able to make music from a laptop anywhere you are has always been a massive appeal to me, it’s why I got so addicted to it. For almost 10 years now I’ve turned to making music when times are tough for me personally.
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?
Go Freek: This is a great question, the answer is yes, yes to collaborating online and yes to it making me feel more connected to people, working with other passionate artists has been where I’m finding my inspiration right now. You just don’t know where someone else’s input can take your work, or vice versa.
I feel like I can criticise someone else’s idea and know what needs to be done with it but I have more trouble with my own, particularly when they are fresh.
Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share with fellow artists and your fans?
Go Freek: If you’re an artist writing music, never think that you are wasting your time. It’s easy to feel down on yourself when you are struggling with writer’s block or you just aren’t happy with the results you are getting. You are not wasting your time!! Every moment you are working you are growing as an artist. You might have spent a day on something and it felt like it went nowhere, that’s ok you’re still working on your craft, we are always learning and getting better so look at it like steps of growth because your best work is just around the corner.
What is your “go-to” song right now?
Go Freek: Maribou State – Beginner’s Luck
If I’m honest I was late to the Maribou State party but it’s never too late to find an artist and absolutely rinse their music.
Make sure you check out Go Freek‘s latest single ‘What I Like’ which is out now via Sweat It Out!