Gordi – real name Sophie Payten – shared a photo to her Instagram today (September 10), donning the mask and goggles required to be worn by medical staff. In the caption, she described herself as “the medical equivalent of gap filler”.
“Victorian hospitals are having huge numbers of staff being furloughed – meaning because they’ve had exposure to COVID-19, they have to go and isolate for two weeks,” she explained. “This means huge staff shortages so I’ve been filling the gaps where I can.”
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Recently I've kind of been the medical equivalent of gap filler. Victorian hospitals are having huge numbers of staff being furloughed – meaning because they've had exposure to COVID-19, they have to go and isolate for 2 weeks. This means huge staff shortages so I've been filling the gaps where I can. Healthcare workers are stressed and working outside of their comfort zone. One hospital I was in had their palliative care ward turned into a ward with COVID patients on it requiring serious intervention measures. The full PPE kit is pretty damn awful to wear so it gives me great comfort to walk out onto the street and see everyone wearing a mask. Hang in there Victorians 🧡
In a Q&A with her artist management su:ku:ya, Payten talked about the general feeling in Victoria surrounding current lockdown.
“Obviously there is a bit of a divide and people are growing extremely tired of lockdown,” she said.
“But I think the majority of people living in Victoria understand it’s the only way and that the alternative is what we’ve very clearly seen around the world; overrun hospitals, pop-up morgues, a first-world health-care system brought to its knees and lots and lots of morbidity and mortality.
“The effectiveness of the lockdown has been much slower than anyone anticipated but it is working, we just have to give it more time than we’d like.”
She also talked about being a musician in such uncertain times and the changes COVID has made to the industry.
“We just had to come up with creative ways to reach our audience and I think lots of artists and bands have really excelled in doing that,” she explained. “The main obvious difference is no touring but I think the world is coming around to paying for a quality live-stream.”
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A couple weeks ago I launched my album ‘Our Two Skins’ to a crowd of zero real humans (but presumably infinite internet humans) at the Sydney Opera House. If you want to sample it before you commit to the 42-minute-set, you can watch ‘Unready’. Up now on FB, and the usual places.
Victoria has been in stage four lockdown since August 2. This meant an 8pm curfew was put in place, people’s outside activity was restricted to an hour a day and citizens were required to stay within a 5km radius of their homes.
On September 6, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced his government’s roadmap to easing the restrictions, which is contingent on the state reaching a daily case average of 30-50 by September 28.
“We can’t run out of lockdown. We have to take steady and safe steps out of lockdown,” Andrews said at the time.
Payten released her sophomore album ‘Our Two Skins’ in June. She spoke to NME earlier this year about stepping back from medicine to focus on her music.
“I’ve spent the last eight years of my life doing both music and medicine at a million miles an hour – it’s pretty damn nice for once in my life to just focus on music,” she said.