When COVID-19 shut the music world down, the band SHAED took refuge with each other. The electro-pop trio best known for their 2018 breakout hit “Trampoline” had spent the last few years on a whirlwind of tours and appearances, jumping from city to city. They were too busy to cope with the mental exhaustion that was slowly overwhelming them. When the pandemic brought that to a halt, the band found themselves sitting still for the first time in years and started to reckon with their mental health.
“We have always battled some level of anxiety and depression, but nothing compares to the emotional rollercoaster we have been on this past year,” SHAED explains. “Like many, our whole world came to a screeching halt and it seemed like there was no end in sight.” That stillness allowed Chelsea Lee and brothers Max and Spencer Ernst to focus on being open and honest about what they were struggling with on a personal and collective basis. “For the first time, our mental health reached a critical point that forced us to seek out help,” says Lee. “Through therapy, meditation, mindfulness, and the support of loved ones, we learned so much about ourselves and our capacity to thrive in the harshest of conditions.”