Inspired by Reggae, Hip-hop, R&B and Soul: Meet UK rapper and singer, Kayda May

Kayda May is an aspiring rapper and singer from Cemetery Junction in Reading Town, UK. Born and raised into a family where music was heavily influenced we took the time to speak to her about her music influences, latest project and career aspirations.

What inspired you to begin a career in music?

Growing up music was a heavy influence in my home from Reggae to Hip-hop to R&B and Soul. My mum made sure it was always played around the house. I went to bed to music and woke up to music. From a very young age my dad would take me to his music studio, he plays the drums, Sax and guitar, it was blatantly meant to be.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

There are so many – Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, N.W.A, Garnett Silk, Gregory Isaacs, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Nas, Sizzla, Jay-Z, Capleton, Chronixx, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, TLC, Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah. The list is endless.

‘Loco’ is the first release from you latest project #LLM ‘Love Like Mine’. Can you tell us how the project came about and creative process?

Life – I took my past experiences and those of friends who were going through a similar thing to form this project. It’s about real life events and what they drive you to do or feel. I guess mine drove me to “feel” a certain way because if you see how the videos unfold if I actually did do these things I would be locked up [Laughs].

How would you describe your genre of music?

Reggae and Hip-hop will always be the base of my music. The two sounds which hold everything together, whether composed together or apart. Trap then fell into that, I like to mix’n’blend. Music is free and I need to feel free to express what I want to in a way of my choosing at any moment.

In all your years of playing music, what is the biggest thing you have learnt about yourself?

That I am a very talented artist. Before I kept doubting myself and second guessing everything that I created. I would record a song and go back to the studio at least 4 or 5 times to re-record it. I had to start believing in my myself my music and my brand in order for other people to.

Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?

My family motivate me. I don’t want my parents working their asses off anymore. I want to be able to set my siblings and their children up for life or at least give them all some kind of head start. I want my grandparents to have a nice little villa back in the West Indies. So yes those things motivate me even more on a bad day.

Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?

A gig I did last year – I was the only female rapper/singer, I performed my track “Lost” which is part of the “Love Like Mine” project. The reaction I got I when I hadn’t even got half way through the first verse was crazy. The way the crowd went mad for it was so overwhelming. I’m keeping the video footage of that night forever and I hope to have that experience again.

In regards to your goals and milestones, what would be the first thing to happen that truly let you know you were headed in the right direction to reach your musical dreams?

I want to collaborate with more female artists. When males collab they collab. With females I feel like there is still some kind of issue for us to do this. Like we have something to prove to one another. Me I’m so laid back and I’m hoping to be able to change that.

In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?

To be fair I can’t choose one. The songs I have put together for the “Love Like Mine” project are all so meaningful to me as it’s real life and how I felt at those specific moments. Writing these songs were an outlet for me to vent so that I wouldn’t have to talk about it to anyone.

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

I just want to make a name for myself and my art. For my audience to love what I create and for them to relate. I like to help people so I want my music to feel like a “go to” for any occasion.

‘Loco’ is available now from all major digital outlets.

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