As many of you may have noticed, the group Autograf has been completing their tour one man short. While traveling throughout the USA, Mikul and Louis have been on their own while Jake was nowhere to be seen. Just recently, Jake left us with a concerning message, stating that his absence was due to a mental break in 2017.
“I had a severe mental breakdown which forced me to miss our big headline tour. I didn’t think I would tour again- I felt a shadow of my former self.”
After taking a break from touring for about 5 months, Jake was able to recuperate and seek help from friends and family. “I feel balanced, stable, and healthy- and in the process got to spend lots of time in the studio writing music, sculpting, drawing, and creating”, he wrote. All in all, we are glad Jake took a break from touring to focus on his health and well-being.
Mental health is a growing concern, often forgotten and overlooked. After several losses in the music industry due to mental health, it’s time to put less important things on pause and be there for those who need help. By all means, we are glad Jake is recovering well, and in the process, found what he loves in life again. We look forward to seeing him back on the stage with Autograf in the future!
Check out the full post from Jake below:
Hey everyone ❤️ We haven’t publicly said anything until now- but I was off tour for 5 months. At the end of 2017, after 3 incredible years of practically non-stop touring, I had a severe mental breakdown which forced me to miss our big headline tour. I didn't think I would tour again- I felt a shadow of my former self. But being home and surrounded by my friends and family for 5 months, and taking care of myself and seeking out help has done me a world of good. I feel so incredibly blessed to have Mikul and Louis as bandmates and have so many talented people working on our team. Everyone has been very understanding of my need to take a step back from it all for a minute and I couldn't be more grateful. Taking the time to go back to my roots making art and sculpture again has been very therapeutic. I feel balanced, stable, and healthy- and in the process got to spend lots of time in the studio writing music, sculpting, drawing, and creating. I can't wait to share all the new projects we've been working on and I'm so excited to come back on tour and get involved with all of you guys again! Love, Jake ? @willselviz