100% Miraa May: the Tot­ten­ham singer with zero fucks to give

The brazen artist with grime connections talks about what she likes, loves and loathes and her new EP Dark, out today.

Ever feel your­self need­ing a reminder that you are, in fact, a bad bitch? If so, lis­ten to Miraa May. She’s a fierce­ly proud Mus­lim Alger­ian immi­grant, out­spo­ken with a thick North Lon­don twang, and uses her sharp-wit­ted tongue to com­ment on every­thing from Ins­ta-obses­sives and fuck boys, to those who chat pure shite. We all know a few of those peo­ple, don’t we?

Hav­ing already released three projects with the last being a col­lec­tion of heart­felt tunes explor­ing gam­ing, ani­me and her love of cook­ing, her new EP Dark is a com­par­a­tive­ly angri­er fol­low-up. Adopt­ing a notice­ably more defi­ant atti­tude, May chan­nels her stand-off­ish ener­gy (Yeah I got a pussy but I ain’t no pussy / try­na be a lady but you keep try­na push”) into six genre-blend­ing tracks, merg­ing pop, R&B and garage. Recent sin­gle Angles, fea­tur­ing BBK leg­end JME and a play­ful video star­ring Grime Gran, is includ­ed as a bonus track.

Below, we give May the 100% treat­ment to find out what she loves, loathes and what musi­cians can do to save the world…

10%: Where were you born, where were you raised and where are you now based?

I was born in North Africa and I was raised in North Lon­don and now I reside by the river. 

20%: At what point did you realise you’d be able to do what you love for a living?

Prob­a­bly a cou­ple of months ago. I got signed this time last year but it took me a cou­ple of months to get into it. When I was in LA, I clocked that I could be doing this pret­ty much for a life­time, cos all I’m doing is going to ses­sions and writ­ing songs which I’m real­ly good at and I enjoy. 

30%: What’s a piece of advice that changed your life?

There’s not one piece of advice that’s changed my life. It’s hav­ing a sup­port sys­tem that’s changed my life – that’s my piece of advice. 

40%: What kind of emo­tions and expe­ri­ences influ­ence your work?

All of them. 

50%: What can you tell us about your album, which is out today?

I try to make my EPs very self-explana­to­ry. The EP is called Dark and it’s a pret­ty dark EP.

60%: Break down your typ­i­cal day at work…

I can’t. Every day is dif­fer­ent. I don’t have a sched­ule. I just wake up, my man­ag­er phones me and tells me where I have to go and what I have to do. 

70%: What can artists do to help save the world?

Use paper straws. 

80%: You rule the world for a day, What went down?

I would gath­er up all the flip­pin’ evil, racist, preda­to­ry peo­ple in the world and just lock them up some­where far away. I would also leave a plan to rebuild and reha­bil­i­tate the planet. 

90%: Love, Like, Hate?

Love cook­ing, like choco­late, hate Trump.

100%: No.1 hol­i­day destination.


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