Musician Tkay Maidza on Carving Space for Herself in Australian Hip-Hop: Women Who Travel Podcast

LA: I do not know, that sense of a misplaced 12 months could be very relatable. As you come again into the world once more, do you assume that you just’re simply getting it again fairly rapidly in phrases of your profession path and the place you are headed?

TM: For me, it nearly felt prefer it did not actually cease after I was residence. Things have been quite a bit slower, however I feel each step I took while in isolation or quarantine, it felt like an even bigger step each time. So it is much more thrilling now as a result of it will possibly quantity to touring as a substitute of being like, “Oh, this song’s going off, but no one’s going to hear it out and it’ll live on Spotify or whatever.” I do not know. I’m actually excited. I really feel like each step we have taken in the final 12 months has been one other step ahead and stuff.

MC: When you consider this 12 months, what does it have in retailer for you? How are you getting ready for what 2021 might deliver?

TM: So I’ve simply gotten a brand new residence and I’m settling in L.A. That’s been the most important objective that I’ve had since like, I do not know, 5 years in the past, which makes it a lot simpler for me. Because I can do touring right here and I’ve a base and every little thing. And I’m simply trying to do correct headline reveals and have a correct new band that I’m actually excited to play with. Obviously, Last Year Was Weird Vol. 3 might be out quickly and I’m actually excited for that. And simply working on the album after that, that is the main target proper now as a result of we’re in this bizarre in-between the place you’ll be able to really feel every little thing’s actually coming again, however then you definitely additionally do nonetheless have quite a lot of time. And I actually need to simply capitalize on that earlier than it turns into, “Oh my God, you have to drive here and meet this person here.” And you are simply exterior the entire day.

LA: Right now it’s the first time the place I’m beginning to really feel conscious that my time goes to turn out to be way more scarce fairly quickly.

TM: Right, yeah. Yeah, precisely. Because earlier than you might be like, “I didn’t have to go outside.”

LA: “I could just sit here.”

TM: But now, yeah, you haven’t any excuse. Yeah, I went for a hike with a pal yesterday morning, then I used to be like, “Oh my God, I have to go for a lunch thing.” And then earlier than you realize it, it is 7 p.m. and you are like, “What?”

LA: Which I’m not complaining over, however yeah, it is…

MC: It’s a shift. It’s a shift.

LA: It’s a shift. It’s undoubtedly a way of life shift.

TM: It’s a shift. Yeah, I’m so introverted. So I’m nearly like, “Wait, let me stay inside.”

MC: “Stop, stop, stop.” Yeah.

TM: Yeah, but it surely has to occur.

LA: So our music package deal that we talked about proper initially of the episode has been all about spotlighting girls carving out house in completely different music scenes world wide. Who are a number of the girls musicians you are most enthusiastic about proper now or who you’ve got been listening to currently?

TM: Yeah. I actually have been loving Noname. I actually like Greentea Peng. She’s so dope. This woman named Joyce Wrice. And I’ve been listening to quite a lot of Sza once more. I’m changing into very introspective, however I’m at that digging level the place I’m like, “What’s new? Let me see what’s happening.” I really feel like quite a lot of these artists are comparable age to me, so it is all the time actually fascinating simply listening to the phrases they are saying and simply the sounds they use. And it is nearly immersing your self in what you need to turn out to be in a method. So yeah, that is what I’m listening to.


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