IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
MEIDAI: I’m from Oxnard California, about 45 miles north of Los Angeles. I used to live about a mile from Port Hueneme Beach so every day we were always getting into something. Fishing playing in the streets from morning till night. In 2002 moved to San Diego, California which has been home to me ever since. No place in this world will beat a burrito from Oxnard and I will drive 2 hours for one.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
MEIDAI: I started out at the age of 5 making beats on a little known program named Mix Masters Dj. From there I started playing the clarinet and writing raps to WWE theme music. I’m 1st cousins with a couple of the original Temptations. As I got older I studied music more all genres, I received my certificate from college in audio engineering. Along with producing for myself and others I started to pursue a rap career even more. I originally started off as a producer making beats for people at school and around my neighborhood. One day I decided to take rapping more seriously I made a couple songs and got a great reaction and from there the rest is history.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
MEIDAI: To me, music is therapy. After writing and recording to see the reaction of complete strangers the fact that they love the thoughts that come from my head is therapeutic. When fans send me letters telling me that I inspire them and that my music puts them in a zone makes me feel good. And to me creating music is something that I know I’m good at that the average person cannot defeat me in. I put 200% into my records and to me if I sell 1 or 1 million I will continue to record and release music. Even in a producing aspect I will never stop.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
MEIDAI: The majority of my songs are based of my life and things that I’ve been through and experienced. The good the bad the ugly and funny I lay it all out into my music. The way I start of a song is depending on my mood unless I’m featuring on someone else song. But I always go into a new song with the same mind frame of putting my best out there and making the next song better than the last. Relationships, hard times and the good nothing is off limits. My songs are about the struggle to want to be better and do better for myself and those around me who depend on me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
MEIDAI: I would say my music is directed towards the people who feel as if they don’t have a voice to speak for them. I say what others are afraid to say so I feel I’m a voice for a group of people who like me are considered outcast. On the flip side anyone can relate to my messages and my music. I make music for the ones who just want to go ape shit on the world but think about the consequences before reacting.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
MEIDAI: My musical influences range, but would always be. Eminem first and foremost I can relate to his music on a different level. Big Daddy Kane, Tupac, Slick Rick, Nas, Jayz, Rakim, Wu tang Clan, Outkast. Busta Rhymes, Dmx, Jadakiss, All 4 members of Slaughterhouse, Missy Elliot, Ludacris, Mary J Blige, N.W.A, lauryn Hill, U2, My Chemical Romance, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, LL Cool J, Krs-One. The List goes on but these are the artist that I look up to and study. To be the best you have to learn from the best in my opinion.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
MEIDAI: My music would be described as an anthem for rebels. I say what others are afraid to say or what others are thinking. My music is life, the good the bad the ugly. My music will make you laugh cry want to party and on the flipside some of my music
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
MEIDAI: My desire to succeed by any means, the fact that anyone can play anyone of my records and know that what I talk about is the truth, unless I’m telling a story. When you come to one of my live shows I pour my heart and soul out into the crowd. I put my life on display and give my all for my fans.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
MEIDAI: Right now my focus is my upcoming project due out Nov 10th titled “EMDOTMAY”. Emdotmay to me is one of the more personal that I’ve created. A lot of it was written during a dark time. Emdotmay is also my initials broken down. My initials are M.May so when spelled out you get EMDOTMAY. This is undoubtedly the best body of work I’ve ever created hands down.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MEIDAI: My goals in my music career are to 1. Perform around the world and to be able to bring my son with me to show him what can happen when you pursue your dreams and that the sky’s the limit. 2. To make the XXL freshman class. 3. To be recognized as a great lyricist. In 10 years I see myself performing around the world living life with no worries and still creating music. I as grow so will my music so I feel I will always be relevant for the people who grow with me and my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
MEIDAI: I make it a point to be accessible to my fans, I can be reached on facebook @officialmeidai twitter @officialmeidai instagram @emdotmay or by email email@example.com Any fan that contacts me I always engage with them I appreciate the support from all my fans from all around the world for without them I would not be able to continue on this journey.
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