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 Chilean fast-rising producer Sistek!
What is your current situation; are you at home alone, with family, or friends?
Sistek: I’m back home in Chile with my family at the moment, its great to have their company during these weird times. I built a studio here, so been able to work in lots of music while we keep isolated.
Have you been dealing with any mental health issues as a result of this isolation?
Sistek: I think we all are at some level. I’ve definitely felt lost and with a lot of anxiety lately since I have plenty of time to overthink stuff. A lot of plans for the year have been trashed or delayed so that obviously doesn’t help at all. At least I’ve been lucky so far that my family has been safe and that I’m still able to do what I love 🙂
What have you been doing to manage your mental state (e.g. meditation, yoga, writing music etc).
Sistek: It’s been weird cause music has always been my escape from reality, but I’ve felt overwhelmed by it since this outbreak begun. I literally live inside the studio now and miss having other distractions. I’m way too good at overthinking. Playing with my dog, meditating and working out has really helped to bring me back to centre and resetting my mental mess while giving me a basic structure for my days. Adopted a new hobby, climbing to the roof and watching the sunset from there every day (because why not). Been producing and writing lots for other artists to help take the weight away from my own music, it’s been really helpful since it drives me out of my comfort zone.
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?
Sistek: Yes! I’ve always lived in Chile and therefore almost all my collaborations, writing camps and such has been through Facetime and Skype. Started doing that in 2016 so it comes really natural for me to make music this way (I even feel more comfortable than in actual recording sessions sometimes). There’s no replacement to being in the same room with someone, but this works great so far. It’s always good to catch up with friends from around the globe and write music together. Even though it’s only through a screen, it still feels like we were hanging out, talking about life and just having fun while we work on music. There’s no better feeling than being inspired and vibing with someone else over a demo you just wrote.
Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share with fellow artists and your fans?
Sistek: As we all heard in High School Musical; “We’re all In This Together” and it’s really important we all help to control this pandemic. So wash your hands and take care of each other. I’ll be releasing music really soon, and I hope it can help cheer up people from around the world 🙂
Also, this is not sponsored at all… but you should definitely try Headspace if you want to give meditation a try. They make it really easy to start if it’s your first time.
What is your go-to track for ‘Feeling Good’?
Sistek: This is by far the hardest question… changes every day but “Falling Asleep at The Wheel” by Holly Humberstone has been one of my favourites lately.
Be sure you check out Sistek‘s latest single ‘No Fair Game’ (feat. Tudor) which is out now.