• Romanie Assez


"My name is Luke, but I’m better known in the scene as my stage name, Thorne. I am a Barbados-born queer musician, recording artist and performer based in Melbourne.

COVID has been a crazy ride. I was recently in New York when the calls came out to come back home, I had to quarantine for two weeks and basically lost my mind at not even being able to go to the shops and buy my own food. All my upcoming gigs that I had booked in were lost in an instant - I had a single launch booked at the Grace Darling and a whole live release plan that just disappeared. I can no longer go and record music in the studio. I am lucky that I have a day job though, and that work is classified as essential so I do still have an income outside of music. 

It took me a bit of time to adjust to this whole situation. At first I felt that I had to write a million songs, work on my voice craft and make sure I was taking advantage of all this time off with creating and releasing new music. I quickly learnt my mental health would not tolerate that much pressure on myself. I have started learning the guitar which has been so much fun but so challenging (shout out to all the people that can sing and play guitar!) I still released the single I had ready to release in April called ‘Do You Wanna’, but I pushed the release back to May 8th. It felt good to be able to put out a light-hearted track in this time that people can listen to, to hopefully brighten up their day. 

I am walking every day and doing some home workouts about 3 times a week. I’ve really come to rely on my daily walks, it's been nice slowing down the pace of life a little. 

Try and give yourself some structure, a routine can help make life feel a little more grounded. Get dressed up on a Saturday night in something you love wearing out, so the weekend still feels special. Mainly though, I just want everyone to know that you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to! Ignore all the productivity porn we’re seeing thrown in our faces on social media, we haven't faced something like this since WW2, so how you cope and manage your isolation is up to you. If you don’t want to do anything, then you don’t have to."

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