Musician Pavel Eremeev, also known as Holy Palms, has a home in Moscow but prefers to live a vagabond life. Here, he describes how by roaming the world he has found a cure for tedium.
My experience taught me not to settle down at any place for longer than three months. Routine drags me down so I ought to move around. Instead of constantly visiting new places, I would rather move between three or four preferred spots: anywhere I can settle and make music can be called a home. For example, a cabin, equipped with air conditioner, and overlooking the ocean or the mountains would be sufficient. I'm not linked to precise definitions, but consider myself a musician and sound producer. It grants you unique opportunities to travel, but it can be tiring and stress you out.
Now I believe that life is not all about moving around – the pauses are equally important, just different. In the summer I stay at my Moscow flat, where my studio is and where I create, but I’m always on the run – I go to St. Petersburg or drive to Europe. I love Berlin, and prefer to take the three-day route from Moscow via Minsk and Warsaw. It feels like you are rushing out from a steam room and diving into a cold basin. In the winter I usually move to Asia till spring, because in Moscow I feel a hunger for beauty in the broader sense of the word. In Asia I became addicted to scootering around the picturesque places; in Berlin I ride a bike around the city to appease this hunger.
I have an Instagram profile, but I hardly update it while in Moscow because I need stronger impressions for photos, which can only be found when traveling. I have no idea what homesickness is. I miss my friends, relatives and my cat, but I never miss the city, except for my Moscow studio where I have access to a high-quality sound system. I have grown fond of meeting new people while traveling. It's simple and pleasing when a stranger smiles at you in the morning.