Having already laid strong foundations throughout 2020 with the release of My People and Over & Over, Adelaide musician MANE now celebrates the release of her brand new EP, Coping Mechanisms. A record written to heal, grow and ultimately start anew with, the EP is more than a new chapter for MANE. It is a reflective collection of music that shows her ability to become inspired and creative again after navigating some heavy times outside of music. As such, Coping Mechanisms is just that; an exploration of how to come out the other side with the potential to be stronger than before.

Have you been happy with the feedback from the EP Coping Mechanisms?
Absolutely. I’m loving that people are resonating with it and finding strength in their own personal battles through it. It’s a tough year to release and not be able to tour and really celebrate it but everyone is in the same position and there is something sadly comforting about that.

How did you celebrate release day?
I had some friends over and we ordered pizza and had a listening party. It was really special being surrounded by good mates who have been on the journey with me.

Coping Mechanisms is an interesting EP title, is there a broader message you want fans to take away?
The title is more a personal reference and lyric from the track ‘Start Again’ I think the main message I want people to take away is that as you go through things you grow through things. As hard as it can be to persevere – continue to fight for your happiness and peace; and find strength, the people and the things around you no matter how small.

Did COVID add another layer of complexity in getting the EP done?
I was fortunate enough to record the EP before Covid hit so that aspect wasn’t impacted but certainly trying to navigate the release dates without being able to tour has been hard, but it’s a position I think all artists have understood. I’m really looking forward to hopefully being able to tour in the near future and celebrate the release.

Have you learnt a lot about yourself this year and your own resilience?
I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and resilience over the course of a couple years to be honest. It’s been tough but looking back on where I was mentally a year ago to now I’m proud of myself, I’m proud I’m here and I hope I can help others going through similar journeys.

How excited are you about the prospect of touring?
The prospect of touring is inexplicably exciting. It’s my favourite thing to do and I can’t wait to be able to do it again. It’s kinda the tip of the iceberg being able to tour releases for me.

What’s a fun fact that your fans wouldn’t know about MANE?
I play dodgeball! I started this year and I absolutely love it. I also work with kids with disabilities at a school and they are all so so incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever been involved with anything more rewarding.

Interview By Rob Lyon

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