22-year-old music sensation MAY-A is already flourishing as she challenges the established order, and he or she’s only some years into the sport. One have a look at her work is sufficient to provide you with a style of her distinct inventive identification — retro music movies the place two girls fall in love, rap-style videography whereas flowers are thrown into the group, and tour buses the place proud queer girls make up the crew seated inside.
The Australian native started her skilled music profession in 2019, with debut songs together with poetic lyrics about themes resembling what it’s prefer to be a younger, queer lady that she continues to make use of immediately. Ever since then, MAY-A has gone on excursions with well-known artists, opening for teams resembling 5 Seconds of Summer time and now, Nessa Barrett. MAY-A is rising up the charts, and makes it clear that she is going to pull others up together with her, particularly girls and queer artists — all whereas dancing, belting to mosh-pits and throwing flowers.
This interview has been edited for size and readability.
WSN: Is there something you may share about your writing course of and what you hope listeners acquire out of your songs like “Apricots” that unveil queer want?
MAY-A: The writing strategy of that was simply being sort of overwhelmed with emotions and writing some shit within the journal. Then I went into the studio, and I sort of simply pulled totally different elements of the phrases that I’d written down and put it to music that I actually felt supported it. It got here collectively actually shortly and it felt actually good. Making that music video was additionally actually, actually liberating. I simply did it with 5 of my feminine queer buddies and it was tremendous enjoyable to make, but in addition simply felt like a very nice method to rejoice queer pleasure.
WSN: How do you suppose songs and music movies like “Apricots” would’ve affected you as a child?
MAY-A: I believe each time I see queer media in any method, regardless if I’m drawn to it aesthetically or not, I’m actually appreciative of the truth that some child goes to be affected by that in a optimistic method. I hope that this video might have finished that for me. I believe I might have felt fairly seen.
WSN: Are there causes you select to make use of retro aesthetics in your music movies, particularly when your themes may be ones not as prevalent in older music?
MAY-A: I like doing the other. I like to tug from all of the stuff that I like. I like mid-90s films, I like rap music. For instance, the videographer that we now have on all of the exhibits — I discovered him by way of A$AP Rocky and Juice WRLD dwell movies. I used to be like, “that’s precisely what I need for the model movies and the music movies for us.” I needed it to really feel precisely how my highschool life felt. The “LOLA” music video was shot on the road that I went to highschool on, the road the place I met a lady like that. It’s all my precise buddies in that music video, a number of them highschool buddies. It’s not essentially that folks must know that, it’s that it modifications the which means of that video for me.
I did get misplaced in getting signed to a label and listening to everyone on the music movies and feeling actually unfulfilled. I believe that the “LOLA” video was one of many first ones coming again into being like “completely fuck this,” and it positively paid off.
WSN: What’s it like as an artist enjoying these songs about queer love in entrance of large audiences? Does their response change relying on the place you’re?
MAY-A: The one factor that’s at all times affirmed is that “Apricots” will at all times be the most important tune of the set. Individuals simply actually get into it and it’s actually pretty to observe. We at all times have this second the place we gentle up the entire crowd for the entire tune, and we’ll throw flowers within the viewers or one thing and get everyone to hug one another. It’s actually candy, really. Units change relying on the place you’re, however that tune’s the one fixed.
WSN: How would you describe the ambiance of your live performance for somebody who’s by no means been?
MAY-A: In all probability a bit of loopy, which is cool. It’s positively feminine and queer-leaning — simply lots of people who need to really feel seen. I at all times prefer to encourage individuals to only get of their our bodies and, whereas they’re there, simply fucking be there. Individuals go to concert events to get out of their life for a minute, and I encourage individuals to do this as a lot as attainable. Individuals ought to count on to have a bit of dance, get some vitality out.
WSN: Are there post-tour goals followers ought to learn about? MAY-A: I’m working towards one other physique of music and determining what that seems like. I’m attempting to throw occasions and curate issues for small artists that I believe that folks needs to be listening to. I’m actually, actually fucking excited simply to attempt some totally different stuff.
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