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 speak to Eliot and Angus from Two Another to find out how they’re holding up at the moment.
What is your current situation; are you at home alone, with family, or friends?
Eliot – I’m living with my boyfriend in Amsterdam.
Angus – I’m at home in Stockholm with my girlfriend and daughter.
Have you been dealing with any mental health issues as a result of this isolation?
Eliot – Its strange because I am someone who has struggled a bit with mental health problems in the past but the fact that this is something that is effecting everyone and is so unprecedented has probably taken me out of my own head a little more than usual. I think that this is opening up more of a dialogue around issues that people may have been afraid to talk about before like financial difficulties, loneliness, anxiety and peoples fears about the world in general. that being said I can see first hand how hard this has been for a lot of people and our thoughts go out to everyone struggling with metal heath problems right now.
Angus – Luckily I’ve been with my two girls so it hasn’t been too bad – everyday feels a bit like groundhog day or each week just one long weekend. My physical health has definitely taken a massive nose dive though!
What have you been doing to manage your mental state (e.g. meditation, yoga, writing music etc).
Eliot – In Amsterdam we are luckily allowed to be outside as much as we want, so have been finding that jogging or long walks have helped alleviate the feeling of being trapped inside. And of course making music, singing or even just making a throwaway beat in Ableton has been my go-to anxiety reliever for 10 years now so nothing much has changed there!
Angus – I think the hardest thing for me has been not having any alone time to clear my head or focus on work. It’s pretty full on having an 18 month old baby in the house – she needs a lot of attention! When I have had the time to make music it has been great 🙂
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?
Eliot – We are currently expanding upon an EP that was initially going to be released in the middle of the year, so it has been a lot of back and forth between the two of us and the producer we work with in London. We have been living in different cities for a little over a year now and I think we’ve spoken more in the last 6 weeks than we have all year! It’s also just so nice to have a project that we can work on from home and keep focused on something that we love, that definitely helps me feel less isolated.
Angus – We haven’t tried collaborating with any artists online yet but we are definetly open to it. Eliot and I have been living in different cities for nearly two years now so we were nearly prepared for this! There have been a lot of texts, calls and Ableton sessions being sent over dropbox.
Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share with fellow artists and your fans?
Angus & Eliot – I think just try to stay positive and do what makes you feel happy. Don’t feel pressured to be learning a new language or origami (even though my girl friend has started). Just try to enjoy the time away from the rat race!
What is your go-to track for ‘Feeling Good’?
Eliot – ‘Tints’ by Anderson Paak (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Angus – ‘Window’ by Still Woozy
While you’re at it, check out Two Another‘s latest ‘Stronger’ which is out now via Sweat It Out!