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…
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.