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 edition sees us touch base with UK DJ / production duo, Leftwing : Kody!
What is your current situation; are you at home alone, with family, or friends?
Current situation is at home with my family. I’m married with two children (12 & 8) One of the highlights of the lockdown is that I’ve discovered over the last 8 weeks that I’m certainly not a teacher (but on the plus side I have finally learned how to add fractions)
Have you been dealing with any mental health issues as a result of this isolation?
Talking with friends and family has been very important. I’m lucky that I have my wife here with me, So if either of us is feeling down, the other one does their best to pick them up. I also talk to Jon and Lee (Our manager) a fair bit also especially about work related things we are trying to keep motivated and busy.
What have you been doing to manage your mental state (e.g. meditation, yoga, writing music etc).
Meditation and yoga are high priority at the minute. Jon has been a strong advocate for meditation for many years and my wife has also explained and guided me through transcendental meditation techniques , it’s been very inspiring.
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?
I haven’t been able to unfortunately but I know Jon has been collaborating online as the studio is at his house. The technology that is now available to work remotely with people is very impressive. I believe Jon has been using Zoom to collaborate as it allows you to share the actual sound live from your sound card with others on the call so there is no loss in quality which is particularly important when working on music. The last thing you want is for people to hear what you’ve been working on down your iPhone mic.
Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share with fellow artists and your fans?
Keep positive. Things are going to change for the better, and massive thank you to fans for tuning in to our live streams and technique videos we have been posting.
What is your “go-to” song right now?
That has to be our new single ‘Purple Sunshine’ featuring Leo Stannard which is out now via Columbia.