Stomp your feet to the banging dance-floor-rap of young Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
I basically began rapping from mimicking the young money crew - Nicki Minaj, Lil wayne etc - and my friends and I used to make funny videos and just chuck them up on Youtube as a good past time. From there on I just decided to write originals but they weren't anything special. I was picked for an initiative called N1 and that's how I was paired up with Badcop. After ‘Handle My Ego’ I realized there were more realms in Hip Hop and music in general and I declared myself an alternative rapper. Im still trying to find what my ‘thing’ is but I love the whole rave/craziness due to my short attention span, ha!
What were the artists or songs that initially inspired you to get into music?
Ahh there’s so many! Mostly mainstream musicians like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rihanna, Lil wayne, Outkast inspired me mainly. Bottoms up by Nicki Minaj and Power by Kanye West were my first ever remixes I posted on Youtube like 2 years ago.
What are the pros and cons of being an underage artist and performer?
The Cons: That it’s previously been a struggle for me to play at clubs, or to hang around after my gigs because of the licencing of the venues. Sucks. Also maybe not being taken seriously sometimes can be annoying, but its not that much of a bad thing, I just have to prove them wrong. The Pros: It would be just to have the opportunity, I guess you get treated specially because people are like ‘Ahh she’s only this young’ its a great feeling to know that I’m doing well for my age or just in general.
Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that currently inspire you?
There’s so many bands, producers and people in Adelaide to name, I cant even deal. The Killgirls have the coolest light show and intensity/energy in their live show - its definitely what I’d like for my live show in the future. Bad//Dreems - they’re the coolest dudes ever, so humble, so funny and they’re so talented and they’re doing so well right now it's insane. Every rapper in Adelaide is an inspiration for me, people are so passionate for Hip Hop - I like what Allday is doing - his versatility and creativity in music is so cool, jealous. Theres so many more musicians I want to name but I’d be here all day. (see what I did there?)
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I used to play tennis really competitively and I think the sport has taught me that once one point ends you have to carry onto the next one win or lose - if you dwell on something that happened 10 minutes ago you could/will lose. So in other words my coaches and the sport have told me not to dwell in the past but always live in the present, working onto the bigger picture (which is winning the game). Which is so relevant in music. You have to keep on moving!
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
I have my first ever tour coming up, the ‘Brontosaurus Tour’. So excited! That's during November and December. Also planning on releasing the music video for Bronto as well!
Australian music is…?
That hot chick next door that everyone has started realising is so hot and wants to know. Like seriously, give it a few more months and this chicks going to get so many inboxes on Facebook. I’m so excited to see what happens in the next few months, and I think its something so special to be a part of.View Profile Hide Interview
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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I feel like my music takes listeners on a journey through the many experiences that I've been and continue to go through. I'm always experimenting with the type of music that I'm making and a part of my sound development has come through my production. When I started making music I told myself that if I had to learn production. And that was because I had all these ideas in my head that only I would be able to translate.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Man, I'm only inspired by anything and everything, sometimes I'll be walking down the street and I'm hearing birds chirp and for someone reason that is so dope that I have to hop into the studio get on my laptop and just make a beat from that, haha. At our studio, I'm surrounded by a lot of like-minded creatives from different fields within the creative arts and we're always bouncing around ideas which generates a lot of inspiration and creativity. It's a must to surround yourself with people that motivate and push you to be your best every day.
What can punters expect from a KWAME live show?
Fans can always expect nothing but energy at my shows! Through my setlist, I like to take fans on a journey of emotions through the music to create an experience, a story, something for them to take and walk away with.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I was given was from my brother Domba. He said, "the only reward you receive from conforming is everyone liking you, but yourself."
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Raj Mahal with 'It's Fine'. When I'm feeling down I like to listening to that song as it helps be reassure that things really will be fine and to never let negativity get the best of you.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Phil Fresh with 'Don't Let Me Go'. Honestly his EP 'Excursions of Love' takes you through such an amazing
journey. The title speaks for itself.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Woah, okay cool. The party is pumping everyone's jumping, I'm scrolling through Serato looking for a track to take this party to the next level and yep, there it is, Touch Sensitive with 'Lay Down'.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local gig I attended was Midas. Gold's at The Chippo Hotel, it was a nice intimate gig! It was the day 'WOW' came out and he brought me up on stage to perform it, shout out Midas!
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Artists such as Mel Bailey, Kymie, Phil Fresh and Raj Mahal inspire me the most in Sydney! They're all so different and bring something unique towards the Sydney music community which stands out the most for me!
What are your plans for 2018?
More music, more shows, more content, more videos, more designs honestly everything we going in this year!
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