News: TKAY MAIDZA – LAST YEAR WAS WEIRD VOL. 1 – EP OUT NOW

TOURING NATIONALLY IN SEPTEMBER, SECOND MELBOURNE SHOW ADDED
+ JUST ANNOUNCED ON FALLS FESTIVAL 2018!

+ SET TO PERFORM AT TRIPLE J’S ONE NIGHT STAND IN TASMANIA

The Queen of Australian hip hop, Tkay Maidza, is back with a brand-new EP and a whole new level of swagger. The new record – Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 – is out now via Dew Process / UMA, and features the Adelaide emcee making a big splash across its eight tracks, including the previously released lead single, ‘Flexin’’ featuring US rapper Duckwrth.

“I think it’s a step of me coming into who I’m supposed to be,” Tkay says of the record. Indeed, the EP does mark a creative leap forward for the 21-year-old, as she branches further out in her variation of style and approach to both rapping and singing, solidifying her position as Australia’s best double threat behind the mic.

“This is how I want everything to sound and look and feel,” says Tkay. “For this EP I want people to react as if this is real and that I’m here to stay. I think the music is pretty dense and there are so many layers to it and you can tell it’s more connected. I want people to be like, ‘Oh this is a real thing.”

The range across the rest of Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 only reinforces that further. EP opener ‘Big Things,’ which she premiered on triple j’s Good Nights last night, sees her embrace the reggae she was raised on, and even features her dad doing a guest appearance on bass, coming full circle after it was his interest in music that sparked Tkay’s own artistic aspirations. On the forthcoming single ‘White Rose,’ she really comes into her own as a singer – her voice displaying sultry, gentle tones that she’s never touched before on record. ‘Growing Up’ possesses a hazy, slacker vibe, while ‘Lullabies’experiments with an almost spooky melody that will send shivers through you. And finally, ‘Say It’embraces gospel choir samples alongside soothing organ chords, while Tkay spits fast through the verses, before tenderly singing the r’n’b’ hooks in the chorus. It may have a short running time, but not a single second of Life Is Weird Vol. 1 is wasted.

Alongside the EP’s release, Tkay’s poised to perform at triple j’s One Night Stand event tomorrow in St. Helens, Tasmania. She’ll be sharing the stage with a who’s who line-up of the Australian musical landscape, including Vance JoyPeking DukMiddle Kids and Alex The Astronaut. She then has as a string of national live dates that will see her performing both headline shows and make festival appearances throughout the rest of the year, including solo shows in PerthAdelaideMelbourne (first show sold out and second show just announced) and Sydney, as well as festivals in BrisbaneRochford VictoriaRoche NSW and Port Macquarie NSW. She’ll finish the year off with what is destined to be a massive set at Falls Festivals around the country, performing alongside the likes of Anderson .Paak & The Free NationalsCatfish and the BottlemenTotoInterpol, MallratAmy Shark AND heaps more.

Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 is AVAILABLE NOW
via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia

Select Music and Five Four Entertainment present
TKAY MAIDZA ‘FLEXIN’’ HEADLINE TOUR
With Special Guests Kwame + Arno Faraji
Tickets On Sale Now via www.tkaymaidza.com

 FRI 7 SEPT – JACK RABBIT SLIMS – PERTH, WA – SELLING FAST!

SAT 8 SEPT – FAT CONTROLLER, ADELAIDE, SA – SELLING FAST!

THU 13 SEPT – HOWLER, MELBOURNE, VIC – NEW SHOW ADDED

FRI 14 SEPT – HOWLER, MELBOURNE, VIC – SOLD OUT

SAT 15 SEPT – BRISBANE FESTIVAL – THE COURIER MAIL SPIEGELTENT, QLD

SAT 22 SEPT – OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY, NSW –SELLING FAST!

+ ALSO APPEARING AT
SAT 1 SEPT – TRIPLE J – ONE NIGHT STAND – ST HELENS, TAS
FRI 28 SEPT – SOUND ON FESTIVAL @ PERTH ARENA (U18’s EVENT)
SAT 24 NOV – GRAPEVINE GATHERING – ROCHFORD WINERY, VIC
SAT 1 DEC – GRAPEVINE GATHERING – ROCHE WINERY, NSW
THUR 13 – SAT 15 DEC – FESTIVAL OF THE SUN – PORT MACQUARIE, NSW

THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2018/19
All details and pricing can be found at: fallsfestival.com
Lorne VIC: 28 Dec, 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec (est. 1993) 18+ event
Marion Bay TAS: 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec (est. 2003) All ages
Byron Bay NSW: 31 Dec, 01 Jan, 02 Jan (est. 2013) 18+ event
Fremantle WA: 05 Jan, 06 Jan (est. 2016) 18+ event