Metal Inside(r) Home Quarantine is Metal Insider’s new column during this time of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked artists five questions on what’s been keeping them busy ranging from their favorite movies, food they’ve been eating, music they’ve been listening to and more. We caught up with Marlene Mendoza as she’s been spending this time teaching and writing new music.
What have you been doing to pass time during Quarantine?
During quarantine, I have been busy teaching music and writing new music. As well as learning new skills in music production and playing video games to pass the time!
Have you been listening to any music or have any playlists worth checking out?
I actually haven’t been listening to too much music as before. I’ve been listening more to podcasts lately such as the SpaceZebra podcast and Ted Talks. But, some playlists you should definitely listen to on Spotify are Crash Course, Viral Hits, and Beast Mode especially while working out. There’s also Loudwire’s Weekly Wire and AltPress Discover to listen to fresh music!
A lot of people have been spending this time cooking including making their own bread, what food have you been prepping during this time?
I learned how to make blueberry compote. It’s super easy to make but never really learned how to do it properly. And I got an air fryer which makes it super easy and convenient for me to cook. I made wings, homemade fries, potato chips, etc. The air fryer is such a great investment and it is a lot healthier!
In terms of entertainment, what movies, TV shows, books, or games have been keeping you busy?
I have been watching a lot of Netflix, Twitch, and playing Call of Duty Warzone. I actually had the time to watch The Office and binge watch its entire season! I have also been watching a lot of streamers on Twitch. It’s actually been very entertaining for me to watch other people play video games. And I enjoy playing Warzone with friends!
What advice do you have for your fans in isolation during this time?
It’s okay to stay home and do nothing. It’s also okay to keep busy. This is a time to reflect on our lives and just take it one day at a time. I think we’ve been so used to being in a routine that it’s easy to forget the little things such as calling a loved one, taking a walk, or taking care of ourselves. If you need help or need someone to talk to, don’t be afraid to talk to others. We are all going through a hard time one way or another.