with just a pair of towering platform boots, an ability to write contagious
club anthems to suit her lightning-fast emcee flow, and an undeniably soulful
voice, Tkay Maidza
has become one of the most buzzed about young artists in Australia in 2014.
only eighteen years old, Tkay was not
too long ago playfully rapping along with Youtube videos after attending
classes at Uni and couldn’t imagine the effect of
uploading her first startling single ‘Handle My Ego’ off-handedly
to triple j Unearthed. Within hours the track – a mix of tongue-in-cheek
verses, delivered with quick-fire-feeling across a backing of thundering
dubstep – was shared thousands of times...not bad for someone who had
been rapping for eighteen months and singing for less than!
the year that has followed, she’s toured the country, played sell-out club
shows. Yet seemingly unfazed by the fuss, Tkay
is focused on crafting and refining her unique music and determined to
carve her own path.
many young musicians, Tkay’s first
forays into music were playful – jamming with friends, stealing time in
her dad’s studio, recording sketches of songs on her iPhone and scouring the
Internet for new tracks. Born in Zimbabwe and now living in Adelaide, she
credits her musical family for influencing her to take her song-writing talent
seriously, inheriting her drummer and guitarist father’s rhythm. With her
mother’s encouragement has hit pause on her studies to focus on her live shows,
touring and hone her astoundingly self-taught skills.
as much by sing-along-radio-soul and underground electronic music Tkay credits a wide array of artists that
have helped shape her style, from glitch-hop to pop and back again. With an ear
for both soaring melodies and dark bass thumps her remarkable rap flow sits
comfortably across breakneck tempos, shifting drum patterns, chrome-plated
synths and bursts of low end - and with a vocal range as impressive it is as
angelic— Tkay provides a perfect foil for the
dark, futuristic R&B production.
the success of her first single ‘Handle My Ego’ with the churning
dubstep producer Badcop, Tkay was asked to jump on a collaborative single ‘Arm
Up’ with Mad Decent’s only Australian
producers Swick and Lewis Cancut and her deft-tongue tirade shines against the
heaving siren samples and drum loops. Back with Badcop
for her next single, ‘Brontosaurus’ the Jurassic-sized
dancehall jam saw Tkay craft more of
her now-signature contagious choruses.
latest track ‘U-Huh’ with her tour DJ Elk shows an
incredibly fierce and fearless young woman, her lighting-fast flow and clever
wordplay sparks with an insatiable hook that urges you to dance.
thing’s for sure with Tkay Maidza, whether it’s hearing her spitting spirited and
self-assured bars over a chaotic dance-floor enticing track, or signing to Dew
Process and a breakout set at Splendour
in the Grass, a showcase at Brisbane’s Big Sound, Queenscliff
Music Festival and a spot on the Listen Out line-up, as well as
acclaimed club tour with Nina Las Vegas – this is looking to set
be just the beginning.