Our team members have become family through the years, and despite everything going on in the world, they help push us forward every day.
For the launch of our Commonwealth x adidas Consortium collaboration, we’ll be checking in with our team members from Commonwealth flagship stores around the globe. We ask them how they’re doing and what their “RESPONSE” has been to everything going on in their local communities.
Name: Lianna G.
Flagship: Commonwealth LA
Hey Lianna, peace! How are you?
Yo! I’m doing well. Taking it day by day.
With everything that has been happening in 2020, what was something that motivated or demanded a response from you?
I’ve wanted to pursue music for as long as I can remember. One of my new year's resolutions was to work with more people in 2020 than I ever have before. But once quarantine hit I quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen. I got creative with my WFH set-up and turned the corner of my kitchen into a music studio. Music production has always piqued my interest but I never set aside the time to learn. This year, I got that extra time and invested a lot of it sitting behind my laptop.
What role has the pandemic played on your artistic output?
The world on pause forced us all to reflect internally. How do we exist in this grey area between who we think we are and who we want to be? Journaling has helped me stay present and sort out a lot of my inner chaos. Self-assurance is something I still struggle with but creating on my own has forced me to trust my instincts and lean into the artistic choices I make. Overall, I’ve grown to value my own perspective enough to share it through my music.
How do you keep inspired during a time like this?
I believe inspiration comes from seeking it and there are days where I don’t have the mental capacity to do so. But on days where I need it most, I turn to film. Luckily, we live in a time where sitting at home on a Friday night with Netflix is socially acceptable. I love falling deep into a story and the escapism that comes with it. I am able to separate my mind from any creative stress and channel that into new perspectives for my life and art.
What’s the one song you’ve had on during this time to keep your spirits up?
It hasn’t been one song in particular. “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” has been the most comforting and healing for me to listen to. “Ayo L, you know you got the lyrics...”
The Commonwealth x adidas Consortium "RESPONSE" releases exclusively at Commonwealth flagships around the globe and online at www.commonwealth-ftgg.com on Saturday, November 21st.
📷 : Steve Tirona