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.