As Lauv prepares to release a brand new album, All 4 Nothing, on August 5, the 27-year-old is reflecting on all the ways music helps his mental health.
“My state of mind totally defines my music,” he shared during a recent interview surrounding Audacy’s I’m Listening initiative. “Writing music is the way I process what’s going on in my life.”
In a chat with Audacy’s Bennett & Raven Lauv dove deeper into the state of mind he was in while creating his newest album. After succumbing to large amounts of anxiety throughout the pandemic, the project was a way to put him back in touch with simpler times.
“[This album] is very much about connecting with my inner child and my inner light,” he shared. “I felt like at the beginning of COVID… I felt super anxious and really disconnected from myself but also disconnected from the outer world because I felt like the pressures of my career.”
While music was a large part of the equation for Lauv’s regaining apositive mental health space, it isn’t the only thing he found that helps him in times of distress.
“Any time I feeling not grounded or hectic or anxious I just meditate even if it’s just for a few minutes,” he shared. “Obviously therapy is huge, talking to my friends, going on a walk, a run or working out, swimming — anything physical.”
Lauv is set to hit the road for his previously postponed All 4 Nothing Tour beginning August 11 in Minneapolis. While traveling from city to city, he looks forward to sharing the music that has helped him find happiness in many ways. More info on the tour here.
LISTEN NOW: Lauv’s full conversation with Bennett & Raven
Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.