Tariq Hussain is a songwriter / recording artist, and a non-fiction writer living in Vancouver. He began his artistic career as a songwriter in his late twenties when he released his first album, Splat. Soon after, his subsequent album, The Basement Songs (1997) earned him a Juno nomination. On the writing side, Tariq has penned non-fiction essays about music for the Walrus including his thoughtful examination of the modern pop song in “How To Write a Hit Song in 2018.” He is currently working on a memoir about his experiences growing up as a first generation Canadian kid who dreams of being in a touring rock band. Tariq is the winner of the 2011 Maxine Sevack award for creative nonfiction and he holds an MFA degree from UBC Creative Writing.