May Lyn: 'if you don’t enjoy it, you’re doing it wrong'

 Photo: James Hornsby

Photo: James Hornsby

NAME

May Lyn

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I write songs, produce music, and sing. I’m also a graphic designer and visual artist outside of music.

FAVOURITE BAND?

Majid Jordan

FAVOURITE SONG?

After The Storm by Kali Uchis

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Erykah Badu cuz she boss!

I call this one the Daria Stank-Eye. Photo by @unclechronicbone

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THREE OF YOUR HARDEST MOMENTS?

Breakups, depression, and anxiety.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

Japan

FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?

I follow my intuition.

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC

Very ethical. I care about people.

DO YOU HAVE RITUALS? WOULD YOU SHARE ONE WITH US?

Friday salt and bubble baths. Put on my fav tunes and treat myself!

HOW CAN WOMEN BEST SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER?

By not seeing each as competition but as fam.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? 

It’s okay to love yourself.

WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?

Confidence, determination and kindness.

HAVE YOU COME UP AGAINST RESISTANCE WITH WHAT YOU’RE DOING? HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?

My parents don’t understand or appreciate my creative endeavours but it’s okay. I try to see things from their perspective as they grew up in a whole different culture and time.

 

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

I look up to Nina Simoneand Maya Angelou.

DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?

The main thing is to do what you enjoy because if you don’t enjoy it, you’re doing it wrong.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? WHAT MAJOR THINGS DID YOU COME TO REALISE AS YOU GREW UP?

I was quite shy and not confident, but then I realise I did not need anyone’s approval and I stopped caring about what other people think.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

The need for money.

May Lyn will teach Electronic Production and Songwriting on May 19 as part of MusicNSW's and FBi radio's Women in Electronic Music Masterclasses details here. Like her on Facebook or follow on Instagram. Listen to her music on Spotify or Apple Music.