A Moment Not Enjoyed Is a Moment Wasted

This morning, I was reading ‘Our Women on the Ground’, a book with essays by Arab women reporting on the Arab world. Curled up under two huge blankets that were swallowing me whole, with hot tea on the cardboard box I use as a bedside table, I was reading about unimaginable horrors and daily tribulationsContinue reading “A Moment Not Enjoyed Is a Moment Wasted”

What Kind of Person Does It Take?

I went to law school. For one day. Two lectures! But only one day. I enrolled because I wanted to do something good in the world, to do something meaningful that would also pay for my parents’ retirement. I also enrolled because I had just spent four months living in a hostel in London andContinue reading “What Kind of Person Does It Take?”

How Independent Are DIY Musicians Really?

When I was a teenager, my dad sent me a Youtube video where Patti Smith gave advice to aspiring musicians. She said: “Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises. Don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work and protect your work.” Patti Smith Interview: Advice toContinue reading “How Independent Are DIY Musicians Really?”

Should We Fight the Single-by-Single Release Culture?

In October 2020, I planned my release calendar for 2021. I was going to release four singles throughout the year – nothing more, nothing less. “The release cycle of a song is three months,” my tutor said at uni, and that served as my guiding principle. The only flaw in my plan was that theContinue reading “Should We Fight the Single-by-Single Release Culture?”

Do I Trust My Own Artistic Judgement Now? When Did That Happen?

I was walking down the street in late autumn and sobbing on the phone. “I don’t understand why my dad hates my new songs,” I said. “I thought they were the best songs I’d ever written.” The day before, I had enthusiastically sent my parents demos of some new stuff, songs that I thought wouldContinue reading “Do I Trust My Own Artistic Judgement Now? When Did That Happen?”

Songwriting Habits I’ve Developed Over the Years

My dad was one of the first people to start a blog. I think he started it in the early noughties, and it was called ‘Me and My Lada’ because we lived in Russia, and he owned a Lada. He wrote in it regularly, posting once or twice a week, but sometime after our moveContinue reading “Songwriting Habits I’ve Developed Over the Years”

Here’s How I Steal from Other Artists – and Why Everyone Should

I don’t think it’s much of a secret anymore that all artists steal. Not because we’re not creative or original enough, but just because it’s inevitable. We’re building on hundreds of years of craft and creativity. This morning, I was listening to a meditation that described it perfectly: we’re like the wave that’s being pushedContinue reading “Here’s How I Steal from Other Artists – and Why Everyone Should”

I Can’t Function Without My Morning Routine

When COVID-19 hit, it was the first time in months that I didn’t have to jump out of bed in the morning, and didn’t have any structure imposed on me by the outside world. At first, I revelled in the freedom. I slept in, spent up to an hour in the morning scrolling through Instagram,Continue reading “I Can’t Function Without My Morning Routine”

10 of My Favourite Female & Non-Binary Singer-Songwriters

The day after International Women’s Day on Monday, Pitchfork published the results of a study highlighting that women are still underrepresented in music. Women make up less than 23 percent of artists, less than 2 percent of producers, and less than 13 percent of songwriters. There’s progress, and some women are taking the music industryContinue reading “10 of My Favourite Female & Non-Binary Singer-Songwriters”

Why I Procrastinate

I just spent all morning scrolling through Instagram, and my only achievements of the day thus far include: an Insta Story, commenting on a friend’s post, sharing a new song I’ve listened to. I also had breakfast. Mornings like this make me feel guilty and useless, and I often end up overcompensating on other days,Continue reading “Why I Procrastinate”