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.
For this session of CABIN FEVER we chat with electronic/pysch-soul two-piece BOO SEEKA!
What is your current situation; are you at home alone, with family, or friends?
We’re lucky enough to be self isolating at our studio/ house in Burleigh QLD. We’re both Newcastle locals but right when this crazy time hit, we were deep into album 2 recording and had positioned ourselves in Burleigh with our producer and all our gear.
Writing, recording and playing music is our 24/7 gig so being stuck anywhere with our gear is perfect (it might make it slightly more bearable our place is right on the water too!).
Have you been dealing with any mental health issues as a result of this isolation?
This is a tricky one as I think being a musician is quite hard in it’s own right with mental issues and questions coming on the regular.
Don’t get me wrong, doing what we do is the best job in the world but we’re only human and those bad thoughts can creep in at any time.
We have some of the best managers, producers and support network ever at the moment too so we rely heavily on them.
What have you been doing to manage your mental state (e.g. meditation, yoga, writing music etc).
As cliché as it sounds, writing music is pretty calming when you don’t have a time limit. We have the basis of album 2 written and now in stages of recording so being album to write songs for the fun of it is amazing! Locking into the studio with a few bottles of whiskey or scotch and just getting deep into the sounds has been a regular lately.
Funnily enough, we both tried meditation for a short while but maybe theres too many thoughts in both our brains to escape, so we play on those a little.
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?
We’ve done numerous writing sessions with artists, writers and even a movement professional. It’s definitely more on the tricky side with emotion being difficult to portray through a phone or video BUT it’s all we have these days so it’s been quite nice.
I also think the phone/ video element makes you feel a lot more isolated at times too – we miss a big hug or bonding around the emotion of people so much!
Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share with fellow artists and your fans?
Using these times as motivation and putting that positive spin on it all is whats best and needed! The amount of amazing art, music, production etc etc thats going to come once these times are over is so exciting!
We’ve been hearing off fellow musicians how scared they are to release or even tour once we’re allowed due to the fear of EVERY artists doing the same BUT if we can look at that as a positive and potentially even all work together with tours, releases etc etc we’ll be better off! We love everything we’re hearing from other artists and hope we cross paths with as many as possible once we’re all back on the road!
What is your “go-to” song right now?
‘If you’re too shy’ – The 1975
‘Heart Attack’ – Bronson
Both songs have all the elements for epic songs, albeit quite different in styles!
Be sure to check out BOO SEEKA‘s latest single ‘Take A Look’ which is out now via Daily Nightly.