10 Questions for Spacemoth (Wax Nine) A window into the world of Spacemoth’s Maryam Qudus


Hello and welcome to 10 Questions with Spacemoth — a new signee of our beloved imprint Wax Nine. Learn more about her here!

How would you describe your music to someone?

Crushed. Distorted. Dreamy. Nostalgic. 

What was the last song/album you listened to?

Mandatory Enjoyment by Dummy 

What is something that has inspired you recently?

Paul Clipson. I was recently reminded of a Grouper show I went to several years ago in San Francisco – she collaborated with Paul, who created the live visuals for her shows. I was stunned by the beauty of this combination. I found several of his films online recently and have been playing them in the background while i’m working on records.

What is something on your bucket list?

As a recording engineer / producer, I naturally love recording studios and want to work in as many as I can. One of my dreams is to make a record at Hansa Studios in Berlin.

Where is a place you’d love to go?

I want to visit Japan someday and stay in a capsule hotel!

If you could have dinner with any person in history who would it be?

I am a huge Kraftwerk fan so I would choose to have dinner with Florian Schneider but I would like to go back in time so we could eat at Kling Klang Studios in the 70s during a break. 

What got you into making music?

Music has been my form of expression for as long as I can remember. I started playing guitar when I was 12 and would record myself to a cassette recorder that my mom bought at the grocery store. I wrote poetry as a child so that naturally led to songwriting. I got my first job at 16 so I could pay for voice lessons every week. I have always been determined to make music and I feel so lucky that I’ve been able.

What are strong themes that you visited while making your album?

This record explores the turbulent wave of emotions our mind experiences in the unpredictable world that we live in. Themes of loss, fear for the future, and an appreciation for the beauty and fragility of life. The record lives in nostalgia, nihilism and the present all at once.

What’s your proudest moment on your upcoming album?

Waves Come Crashing is a song that I am most proud of. The feeling I wanted to express and the sonic dream of the song I had in my head came to life exactly how I had imagined it. 

What do you hope to do with your music in the future?

I want to make a music video inside of a spaceship. Anyone have a spaceship for rent?