Artist to watch- Interview with international pop songstress May K

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When I first learned about May K, I was immediately drawn to her dance club sound.  If you check out her myspace page (myspace.com/worldwidemayk), you can listen to her 2 singles currently out It’s Not Over and Laws of Attraction.  All the way from her home in Tel Aviv, Israel, May K always dreamed of living in New York City (NYC), and about 5 1/2 years ago decided to make her dreams a reality.  She has not yet released her first LP but is currently writing, recording, and creating a buzz over the airwaves in her new home of NYC.  We spoke a few weeks ago, and here’s what May K had to say.

ifelicious:  Tell me about how you ended up in New York from Tel Aviv

May K:  I came to New York from Tel Aviv with this huge crazy dream, and I basically started from scratch…5 1/2 years ago.  So, it’s taken about 5 1/2 years to get to where I am now.

ifelicious:  That’s a gutsy move.  Why New York?

May K:  I don’t know why, but I always wanted to be here.  As a kid, I had a picture of Times Square, and I used to just look at it and tell myself one day I’ll be there.  So crazy.

ifelicious:  How old were you at the time?

May K:  I was almost 20.

ifelicious:  What did you do to support yourself?

May K:  When I first got here, I did a little bit of everything from babysitting to housekeeping to work in stores.

ifelicious:  What are you up to now?

May K:  Right now, I’m basically concentrated on writing and recording and getting that whole thing really tight and really together.

ifelicious:  Besides myspace where can people hear your music or see you perform?

May K:  Well, I have a single out now.  It’s on the radio, on WKTU, I think Z100 pretty soon, probably KISS FM.  I hope to get some tours set up soon, though, because I want to perform but we’re actually working on it.

ifelicious:  Do you write your own music?

May K:  Well, I write or co-write most of it.  If someone hands me an amazing song and I connect with it, I’ll take it but most of the time it’s me and the producers and most of the producers I work with are also writers so we kind of write it together.

ifelicious:  When I listen to your singles I hear New York dance music meets European dance music.  How do you describe your sound?

May K:  Funny you say that…I love listening to mostly European hits and I also love the American music, you know, like hip hop, and I love dance music, I love house music.  So, I think there’s a little bit of everything in [my music].

ifelicious:  What do you like to write about when you’re writing songs?

May K:  I think mostly about my own experiences…I try to stay away from certain things, but I think writing about love is always relevant.

ifelicious:  So have you been in love?

May K:  Oh ya, I was.

ifelicious:  Was?  Not in love now?

May K:  No, I’m in a good place now (laughs).

ifelicious:  Are you looking for love?

May K:  No.  I kind of let it happen organically.  Whatever happens to come my way, I’ll accept it, and we’ll see what happens.

ifelicious:  Have you written songs for anyone else?

May K:  I wrote for, you know like in Israel there’s American Idol but it’s Israel Idol, it’s the same format.  I wrote a single for one of the finalists, and I’ve written a country song.  Ya, I love writing for others, too.

Check out May K’s latest video for her single It’s Not Over


May K “It’s Not Over” official music film from MethodManagement on Vimeo.

Thank you, Derick Gallegos at Method Management, for hooking me up with this interview.

May K, I see big things coming from you and wish you much success.  Holla when your first LP gets released.

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