How Are You Coping? Musician Lex Allen

Art and music are helping him keep things in perspective.

For‘s series, How Are You Coping, photographer Alexis Gleason is creating portraits via Facetime. “I started this project as a way to connect with people. In the process, I’ve seen that these sessions are giving people a reason to get dolled up for a special occasion—even if its just posing in their living room.”

WE ASKED LEX ALLEN, Milwaukee musician and artist, how he’s spending his time these days. 

Photo by Alexis Gleason

How have you been staying grounded lately?

A therapist. I have an amazing artist’s therapist, Ami Bedi. I try to talk to her at least twice a month, and she’s been really helpful. So I’ve doing that, and I’ve also been reading a lot. I finished The Artist’s Way and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fu*k. It’s one of my favorite books.

Have you started watching any new TV shows in your free time?

I have become completely and utterly obsessed with “Dead to Me,” on Netflix. It’s great. I’ve also been rewatching a lot of standup. Who knows? Maybe I’ll take a crack at doing it myself eventually?

Have you been able to get much work done?

I’ve always been pretty resourceful. Music is my main job, but I’m also a photographer. So I’ve spent a lot of time retouching images. I’ve been working on writing too, and posting videos. I’ve still been working on producing stuff too. 

I’ve been telling myself that this is a good time to let my inner child out to play. And that inner child has been going wild. 

Have any of your shows been canceled?

All of them. That was a shock. But some new opportunities have come along too. I teamed up with Rock the Green for a streaming concert. We raised close to $2,000 for the charity Teens Grow Greens. And I’m doing a streaming concert with 88Nine this week too

You have to innovate if you want to survive right now. You have to think outside the box.

How can Milwaukeeans support local musicians or artists?

Tune into those streaming concerts. And spread the wealth, if you can. Continue to support artists the same way you would at a show. Buy their merchandise or send them messages – financial support isn’t the only kind of support that matters. 

What are you most looking forward to doing when things go back to normal(ish)?

I’m looking forward to having big dinner parties with people I love. And to putting on some small, intimate shows. I think it’s going to be a while before I do another big show.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’m getting ready to release a new single, “Dance with the Sun.” And I’m looking forward to more collaborations too. 




Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.