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 Alister Wright from Vlossom to see how he’s coping at the moment.
What is your current situation; are you at home alone, with family, or friends?
Alister: At home, with my partner. We’re locking it down.
Have you been dealing with any mental health issues as a result of this isolation?
Alister: I think my normal brain scenario is pretty wild anyway, I don’t feel much more crazy. Maybe a bit more crazy. I do miss seeing my friends face-to-face.
What have you been doing to manage your mental state (e.g. meditation, yoga, writing music etc).
Alister: Yes, literally those things. Am I a walking stereotype? Just a regular guy. Also surfing, playing lots of games.
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?
Alister: There’s a whole bunch of songs I’m working on… I love it. You’re building it together, you’re sharing a moment, via email. It’s like the online dating of writing songs.
Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share with fellow artists and your fans?
Alister: Yeah.. they’re not my words but just these ones: “Be excellent to each other!”
What’s one of your go-to tracks for feeling good?
Alister: I’m gonna say The Dixie Chicks version of Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide. It reminds me of a time some friends of mine sang it at a karaoke place in Chinatown, so it brings back a nice memory.
Be sure to check out Vlossom‘s latest EP ‘My Friend’ which is out now via etcetc.