How a Songwriter Gets in the Zone

Musician Cameron Lew, A.K.A. Ginger Root, discusses the elusive nature of the creative “flow.”


Episode Notes

This week, host Karen Han talks to musician Cameron Lew, who writes music under the name Ginger Root. In the interview, Cameron breaks down his songwriting process and discusses the elusiveness of inspiration and creative flow. He also talks about his EP Nisemono, which contains a completely fictional premise about a Japanese pop idol.

After the interview, Karen and co-host Isaac Butler discuss how hard it is to schedule creative work. They also talk about the different ways that they measure success.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Cameron explains how he used to balance a day job with his music work.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


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  • Karen Han is a former Slate staff writer. Her writing on film, TV, and culture has also appeared in the New York Times, Vulture, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and Vice.