Corona Depression and Lack of Motivation

I hadn’t written anything in weeks – no songs, no stories, no morning pages. I was struggling to get up to do yoga in the morning (so, I didn’t). I stopped playing music. But today I had a date with a friend – we were going to meet in a coffee shop and write. BothContinue reading “Corona Depression and Lack of Motivation”

On Losing Focus and Picking Up What You Should Be Putting Down

I’ve just had one of those weeks when you question everything, are too exhausted to do anything, and end up watching ‘Jane the Virgin’ and eating pizza instead of doing what you probably should be. I don’t know why I have these weeks, and they don’t come often. This time, I blame it on theContinue reading “On Losing Focus and Picking Up What You Should Be Putting Down”

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?”

How My Favourite Poets Taught Me to Write

The first poem I liked was Bukowski‘s ‘An Almost Made Up Poem’, about a heartbreaking love for a woman that took her own life. I had read poetry before that – I had read and liked Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Kipling (not knowing the implications of that at the time), but they hadn’t grabbed meContinue reading “How My Favourite Poets Taught Me to Write”

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”

I Probably Spend Too Much Time Visualising But Here’s Why

I have a sweet morning routine going: I write my morning pages, do yoga, meditate, have a shower, and have breakfast. One of my best friends has been pressing me to add in visualisation. When I told her about all the other stuff I was already doing, she was uncompromising. “You need to do it.Continue reading “I Probably Spend Too Much Time Visualising But Here’s Why”

What I Write About When All There Is to Do This Year Is Stare Out of the Window

A couple days ago, a meme of Bart Simpson staring out of the window at the grey sky outside started circulating on my Instagram. In Berlin winter, it was strikingly fitting, considering how that was exactly how my friends and I spent most of our days. Writing this, I’m looking at the sky and tryingContinue reading “What I Write About When All There Is to Do This Year Is Stare Out of the Window”

How Your Limiting Beliefs Are Keeping You From Committing to Music

I was curled up in the chair by the window of my childhood bedroom, my head resting on my knees. It had been a week of decision-making, and there was nothing I hated more in my life than making decisions. My notebook was lying on the table on the other side of the room, withContinue reading “How Your Limiting Beliefs Are Keeping You From Committing to Music”