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New Synth Wave Artist IRL MAMI Talks Children, Death Threats and Flint Michigan


Where are you from?

“I’m from Fenton, Michigan about 20 minutes south of Flint.”

What do you think of the hip hop scene in your city?

“It’s dead. There are definitely people with big potential and dreams in surrounding cities but we all kinda do our own thing, I hope Michigan will come together sooner than later. I know there are people really trying to push for that in Flint and Detroit.”

Where did your love for music come from?

“It’s always been there, I used to DJ back in high school. When kids were studying for finals I’d be at the local bar spinning tracks. I probably failed most my high school classes because I was so centered around the music scene. My parents were also a huge support. My mom would sell things on eBay at 2am waiting for a bid just to buy me music equipment. She’s the best.”

Can you describe your sound?

“I’ve heard people say things like “dream rap” (even though I’ve never rapped in a song). New wave type shit, synthy hip hop! I just try to emulate the sounds in my head into my music.”

Do you produce everything yourself or who produces your music?

“My “studio” is in my closet. I find beats or people send them to me and then I get to work.”

What is your dream collaboration?

“Travis Scott… of course. A lot of people tell me I need a collab with Trippie Redd, who knows what the future holds!”

What are your inspirations right now vs your inspirations of the past?

“My inspirations right now are definitely grounded in my past but also expanding vastly. Being in the EDM scene for years, I’ve always loved Grimes, Purity Ring, Tame Impala, etc. Anything ambient and different, that gives you chills. And now I’m very into the hip hop and rap scene so artists such as Sahbabii and Travis Scott kind of incorporate both and I really fuck with it.”

How do you balance being a mom working full time and music?

“Everyday is a challenge, the crazy stuff you have to do as a mom to accomplish hardly anything, I have a few vices to get me through aka coffee (shoutout Tim Hortons), other artists music of course, and I take a lot of baths… that’s like my free time to think and chill out. As for single parenting, I just do it, no excuses, it’s my life and I want to make it wonderful for myself and my daughters.”

Do you have any other dreams and goals in life that go beyond music?

“Children have always been on my heart heavy, neglected and abused kids who really need loving families. So any way I can give back whether it be foster care, or volunteering at the children’s centers around here—that’s what I want to do.”

You’re a pretty new artist, what has the response to your music been like thus far?

“Honestly it’s shocking, I started dropping tracks in early September 2017, and since then it was nothing too crazy until some big blogs and producers started taking notice on IG. I think I gained 2000+ followers in the past two months.”

When did you notice you started gaining some traction?

“Dreamteamgmt was the first big music account to post me and I think people didn’t know how to take it, it was kind of out of the blue. But the response was incredible, my IG went from 5 unread DMS to 300+ within a week solely based around music.”

What do you want to accomplish with music?

“I really just want to make people feel something they keep coming back too. It might sound bad but money’s never really been my priority, that will come in time. Of course I would love to be able to pay my bills and take care of my family doing what I love but right now I’m working on getting my self out there so you can really get a feel for what’s going on inside my head.”

Do you have any projects in the works we can expect from you soon?

“I’m working on a 5-6 song synth wave x hip hop tape. Sounds different I know, I’ve been working with local artists and also in other states and countries for this tape. It’s gonna be wild.”

I seen you post something about receiving death threats, what’s the story behind that?

“It baffles me the extent people will go to make themselves feel temporarily better. After my first Dreamteam post some of these rappers got a little salty I guess and thought instead of going on their merry way they would drop some weirdo threats in my DMs acting like I’m going to steal all their imaginary clout. Like grown ass dudes. Come on now, if you want to be noticed then be poppin, I don’t know what else to tell you.”

What have you learned from your journey as an artist?

“The journey is still very new and I hope it never ends. A couple things I’ve learned fast are, things can change any moment. One minute people don’t know you, the next day some dude in a college class across the country is listening to your music on repeat gassing you up on his socials. Another thing, people are shady, they want clout and will do anything to obtain it so you just have to keep a tunnel vision and trust your instincts. Sleepless nights are a given, but the end result is worth it.”

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Taylor Dall is the Owner & CEO of EMCEE and the Co-Owner and Director of A&R of DallRae Music, a licensing placement company.

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