LOONY Is Using Self-Isolation to Get Inspired and Reconnect with Nature

"I seriously had the best Saturday night I'd had in a while, alone in my room!"
LOONY Is Using Self-Isolation to Get Inspired and Reconnect with Nature
Photo: Erin Leydon
Scarborough R&B singer LOONY doesn't seem to be letting self-isolation get her down. She's releasing her new EP, JOYRiDE, this week, and she's finding time to enjoy the little things — reconnecting with nature, catching up on movies, and getting inspired to write music. From the sound of things, LOONY may be emerging from isolation with even more new material. We caught up with her to discuss what she's been up to during this socially mandated downtime.

What's your self-isolation setup?

I'm back in Scarborough, and I have no real complaints! I like it here. It's urban enough that I don't feel out in the middle of nowhere, but suburban enough that I can go on nice walks by the Bluffs. It sounds corny, but it's nice to sort of get back in touch with nature a little bit. I forget to do that sometimes.

Are you working on any music while on lockdown?

Working on the release of my latest EP, JOYRiDE, has taken up a large chunk of my time, but I'm lucky enough to also be able to record myself (somewhat) at home. I'm not the best engineer, but I make do. Being home all day definitely gets me in a headspace where I'm just eager to get inspired and experiment — I've been itching to create recently. I'll definitely be working on some new stuff once this month is over!

What are you watching and listening to?

I've been watching Ozark, Insecure, Stranger Things... also movies I've been always meaning to watch but never had yet, like Good Will Hunting. I've loved watching some of the Instagram battles, or celebrations, rather — the T-Pain vs. Lil Jon battle was really exciting for me. I seriously had the best Saturday night I'd had in a while, alone in my room!

How do you feel about the response to coronavirus?

It's definitely a mixed bag. I'm really proud of the people and places that have taken serious effort and care to flatten the curve, and I'm finding it really frustrating when people downplay the scenario and put everyone even more at risk. I'm kinda just praying that everyone is able to get it together. We've already lost so many lives and I really just want it to end. But it's gonna take some time, and people need to be smart about things.

Have you picked up any new hobbies or routines in isolation?

I've never been one for phone calls, especially not video calls, but I'm finding it to be a saving grace! It brightens my mood so much just to see people's faces, and hear their voices! I guess I had been taking those things for granted.

Find out what other Canadian musicians have been up to under self-quarantine with our Isolation Nation questionnaire.