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”

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”

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”

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”

Why You Should Be Listening to Albums Instead of Playlists

When my friends used to ask me to put music on over dinner, I always defaulted to a Spotify playlist. In the mornings, while taking a shower, I would often put on a singalong playlist, or the road trip one when I was in the car with my dad. I make my own playlists, tooContinue reading “Why You Should Be Listening to Albums Instead of Playlists”

Why I Started Incorporating Deliberate Practice Into My Daily Routine

This is me putting on a circus show for my parents. I spent weeks (or maybe really just a week) learning how to juggle, teaching my cat tricks, and mastering the magic of the disappearing thumb. Then I dressed up and made my parents watch me and applaud my endeavours. My dad sent me thisContinue reading “Why I Started Incorporating Deliberate Practice Into My Daily Routine”

Online Treasure Troves for Musicians

2021 didn’t get off to the start we had all envisioned. Corona didn’t magically disappear at the stroke of midnight. We are still isolating and self-medicating with Netflix and junk food. Glorious times. I have done a fair share of wallowing in the last few weeks, but since my New Year’s resolutions included not watchingContinue reading “Online Treasure Troves for Musicians”

How to Be Okay With Not Getting the Perfect Take

I’ve been struggling with that one myself for a while. My experience with recording has always been rocky. I did my first recordings in the attic with my dad, using a badminton bat with a nylon sock as a pop filter. I’ve taken recording very seriously and not seriously at all. I’ve released songs thatContinue reading “How to Be Okay With Not Getting the Perfect Take”