Q&A: May Lyn

Q&A: May Lyn

Hot Chicks with Big Brains are incredibly excited to announce that May Lyn will be performing live on the night of our launch party for Issue #3! With DJ Black Amex setting the bar high from the very start, and Brisbane’s beloved The Zoo as party venue, it’s going to be a night that you don’t want to miss. AND you can preorder your special edition or regular copy of Issue #3 for pickup at the party – just use the code “partypickupbne” at checkout to avoid a $5 postage fee!

Emma Kate Lewis: Please can you tell me a bit about who you are and what you do?

May Lyn: I’m a singer, songwriter, and producer. I grew up in Penang, Malaysia before moving to Australia at the age of 17.

I’ve been writing music since I was 13 as a way of letting out feelings that I couldn’t express to anyone.

When I was 16 I found out I could make music on the computer, and it got me hooked on producing beats.

EKL: How did you get started within the music industry?

ML: It all started when I went to a beat session at a close friend’s place about two years ago. It’s pretty much a space for producers to chill and show each other our music. From there, I just started meeting heaps of other talented and inspiring producers, which led to me releasing an EP with Dub Temple Records.

I felt like I’d found my people; it’s so good to meet creatives who are as passionate about music as you are.

EKL: What’s been the most challenging part of your career to date?

ML: I would say stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing my creative limits is one of the most challenging but also rewarding parts of being in a creative career. I’m perfectly comfortable writing and making music alone but, after collaborating, I’ve realised that I tend to have lots of self-doubt when I’m around other people, and I need to try and express myself more freely. Also, now that I’ve learnt more about how the industry works, I’ve realised that having a sustainable career as an artist isn’t just about making music and putting it out there; there’s also the business side of things to deal with, which sometimes does my head in. But luckily I have my manager, Zen, to help me out with that now – he’s been such a blessing to me.

EKL: What’s been the most rewarding?

ML: The most rewarding part of being in music is when people tell me they can relate to a song that I wrote, or that my music made them feel emotional in some way.

The reason I love making music is that it brings people together and helps us connect with our emotions.

Whether it be sadness or happiness, the best music to me is music that feels real and raw.

EKL: What are you most looking forward to about performing at the HCwBB Issue 3 launch party?

ML: I’m excited that I’m getting the chance to be a part of a community that supports gender equality. Feminism is something that I’m passionate about, and it’s a shame that it’s often misunderstood. The purpose is lost when the idea of feminism starts to create more hate and division between genders, instead of creating acceptance and equality.

To me, gender equality has a lot to do with society having all these expectations on what a woman or a man should be or how they should behave.

We should all just be able to be whoever we want to be, and do whatever we want to do, without being judged or stereotyped based on our gender.

Keen to see May Lyn and DJ Black Amex play? RSVP TO OUR BRISBANE LAUNCH PARTY AT THE ZOO!


Answers by May Lyn
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Featured Image by Anna Apuli of Crapuli
Questions and Edits by Emma Kate Lewis

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