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 of CABIN FEVER we check in with ford. 

1. What is your current situation; are you at home alone, with family, or friends?

Currently staying with my girlfriend at her family’s place in Utah, about 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City. Not a lot goes on in the area, but we’re fortunate to have a yard and a dog to keeps us company.

2. Have you been dealing with any mental health issues as a result of this isolation?

Somewhat. It’s a difficult question. The funny thing is that I was already in a sort of period of self-isolation before quarantine hit so I don’t necessarily attribute any mental health issues to the isolation alone. I think if anything it’s allowed for a period of self-reflection that I think everyone could benefit from.

3. What have you been doing to manage your mental state (e.g. meditation, yoga, writing music etc). 

Mindfulness, Music, and Nature, man. All three if you can. We have this secluded spot way up the canyon nearby where we live. It’s this little area by a river enclosed by trees and mountains that we go to just to ground ourselves. On days where I can’t see past brain fog or just feel overwhelmed, this process of just taking a step back and connecting with your surroundings is so helpful.

4. 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?

Been mostly focused on my personal work as it has sort of reached its peak right now in getting this last 10% done. But I have had the chance to exchange ideas remotely which trips me out a bit considering this is how i operated on a collaborative level when I started. Emailing stems and project files and discussing ideas through these means definitely gives me a sense of nostalgia. 

5. Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share with fellow artists and your fans?

Take time for your mental!!! Burnout it something very real that can affect all facets of life, especially your music and it is something I’ve been working on recognising and managing. In a time of such intense social distancing, self-motivation is key and keeping your mental in check goes hand-in-hand with that.

6. What is your “go-to” song right now?

Oof, too tough. cross between “So We Won’t Forget” by Khruangbin and “dimeback” by Mk.gee.

Be sure to check out ford‘s latest single ‘Living, Breathing’ which is out now via Foreign Family Collective.

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