Tkay Maidza is a honey. Firstly, she’s from Adelaide and I’ve got the baddest soft spot for Adelaide. It’s simple, the air smells clean and everyone I’ve ever met from there is a total chiller. Tkay Maidza is definitely a chiller. She’s spitting effortless pop verses in platform shoes. She’s toured with Nina Las Vegas, Citizen Kay and recently took to the Splendour in the Grass stage. Soon she will be playing Big Sound, accompanying Illy on his national tour and then hitting Listen Out Festival alongside dudes like Flume, Chet Faker and Ta-ku. Get it girl. Watch the video for her track U-Huh below:
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Who are you?
I am a Lumpy Space Princess called Takudzwa Maidza but people call me Tkay Maidza.
Where are you from?
I was born in Zimbabwe. But now I’m from Australia.
What is unique about your local music scene?
Our local music scene is so diverse, and it’s just a bunch of different people creating new sounds and it’s always fresh. When it’s good it’s really good! Everyone sticks together here – that’s the most important thing.
Describe your sound in three words. Go!
Eclectic brat rap.
What makes you unique as an artist?
The fact that I’m trying to make my music correlate with my vocals, so I’m not trying to confine myself into only one sub-genre. I’m just doing what I feel and not being too serious about it. It’s all exploration. And soon I’ll find the ultimate!
Have you heard any new music lately? Got any recommendations?
Banks – ‘Drowning’ (Lido Remix)
Lido – ‘I Love You Pt. 1’
Lido – ‘Money’ [I’m just totally loving Lido.]
Swick – USB Club Trax EP [The whole thing is amazing.]
Sophie – ‘Lemonade’
Vic Mensa – ‘I Feel Dat’
Tell us a little about this release.
‘U-Huh’ is a song about a little girl who gets pestered by people who are fake. People who pretend to like you, but you’re there looking at them thinking “I’ve always known who you are and I know you don’t like me.” So she’s just getting rid of these people. She doesn’t need them.
I worked with one of my fave Producer’s Elk, who I also tour with, on this. He had the beat pretty much done and everyone was like ‘You have to write this!’ It’s a much slower song compared to everything else I have but I think it’s the perfect start for everything else that is coming. Its purpose is to show that can I do more.
What inspired the artwork for this track?
I love the whole hologram-internet-punky-soft-grunge vibes and Elk was playing around and researching damaged and burnt discs. He found that this was the result of burning a disc so I was so sold on it. So it’s a couple of damaged CDs stacked on top of each other and with the lips in the middle. It’s attitude city!
What else are you working on at the moment?
Im working on a tonne of collabs with people from different countries, a mixtape and just preparing for next year.
Do you have any shows coming up?
Yes! Listen Out, BIGSOUND and the Queenscliff Music Festival so far. There’s so much more happening in between there that hasn’t been announced. Yet.
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