Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 Touring Nationally In September – Tickets On Sale Now!
After reclaiming her throne as the Queen of Australian hip hop last week with the release of her new single ‘Flexin’’ feat. Duckwrth, Tkay Maidza is today kicking it up a gear with the release of the official video for ‘Flexin’,’ and the announcement of her brand-new EP, Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1–out August 31 via Dew Process / UMA.
The ‘Flexin’’ video, directed by Keenan MacWilliam was shot in London and features the ever-talented Tkay showing off her Rugby Union skills, along with some assistance from some local rugby players and cameos from her crew and Duckwrth himself, who brings his rock star swagger to the clip, helping Tkay to party hard in a bopping street rave.
Tkay, who before her career as a musician and a performer was actually a champion tennis player, shows she’s got as mad skills with an oval ball on the footy field as she ever did with a racquet. Her athleticism stands as a perfect complement to her epic performance on the mic on this ill new track, with a great assist from Duckwrth on the fly.
‘Flexin’ is an ode to being yourself and being unapologetic for it,” says Tkay. And what better way than to visually reinterpret that ideal than by featuring athletes who in the last few years have taken massive strides towards shrinking the equality gap between male and female athletes. ‘Flexin’’ premiered last month on triple j’s Drive show, where she also spoke to Veronica and Lewis about her upcoming appearance at the triple j’s One Night Stand event in St. Helens, Tasmania on September 1. She’ll be performing on a who’s who line-up of the Australian musical landscape there, alongside Vance Joy, Peking Duk, Middle Kids and Alex The Astronaut.
However, she’s now readying to take the world by storm with her brand-new new EP –Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1– as well as a string of national live dates that will see her performing both solo headline shows and festival appearances throughout the rest of the year. Since emerging from Adelaide in 2014, Tkay has gone on to be one of the most recognised names, faces and sounds in modern, Australian hip hop.
Her early releases instantly won her a record deal and a loyal following, and over that time she’s been on a total hot streak. She’s released massive singles like ‘M.O.B.’ (which went Gold in 2017) and ‘Simulation,’ dropped the critically acclaimed debut album TKAY; been nominated for an ARIA; and has pulled together a rolodex of collaborators that features some of the biggest names out there, including Run The Jewels’Killer Mike and French producer extraordinaire Martin Solveig.
She’s also firmly established herself as one of the few Australian hip hop artists who has proven to be popular overseas, having been nominated for a BET Award, performing at Governor’s Ball in NYC, appearing on French TV, and been part of an international advertising campaign for Mumm Champagne – alongside the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. Her versatility as an artist doesn’t just start and stop with music either.
She recently co-hosted Channel [V]’s live coverage of Splendour In The Grass 2018, interviewing some of the biggest artists of the festival alongside Aussie rock icon, Adalita Srsen. However, it’s impossible to keep Tkay from performing to a big crowd, and she managed to find a mic and jump on stage to perform some surprise cameos with Dune Rats and Mallrat– adding even more evidence to the fact she’s one of the most talented entertainers out there. It’s an exciting time for a young artist when they really begin to trust in their talent and know they’re not going to run out of steam.
Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 finds Tkay Maidza powering up to the next, brilliant phase of her career – or as she puts it best, “The old Tkay has grown, but it’s still lit.”
Select Music and Five Four Entertainment present TKAY MAIDZA ‘FLEXIN’’ HEADLINE TOUR With Special Guests Kwame + Arno Faraji & Tickets On Sale Now
Fri 7 Sept – Jack Rabbit Slims – Perth, WA Tickets Available From http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
Sat 8 Sept – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA Tickets Available From http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 Get Tix | All Moshtix Outlets
Thu 13 Sept – Howler, Melbourne, VIC – New Show Added Tickets Available From http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 Get Tix | All Moshtix Outlets
Fri 14 Sept – Howler, Melbourne, VIC –Sold Out
Sat 22 Sept – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Tickets Available From http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 Get Tix | All Moshtix Outlets
Sat 1 Sept – Triple J – One Night Stand – St Helens, Tas With/ Vance Joy, Peking Duk, Tkay Maidza, Middle Kids And Alex The Astronaut
Sat 15 Sept – Brisbane Festival – The Courier Mail Spiegeltent, QLD
Fri 28 September – Sound On Festival – Perth Arena, WA
Sat 24 Nov – Grapevine Gathering – Rochford Winery, VIC
Sat 1 Dec – Grapevine Gathering – Roche Winery, NSW
Thur 13 – Sat 15 Dec – Festival Of The Sun – Port Macquarie, NSW
Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 – EP OUT AUGUST 31 via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia