Miss Tahloulah May is a composer and musician. MTM is all about respecting Hip Hop’s heritage and culture while adding her own vision. DAWless production of Industrial Electronic Hip Hop is her signature. With her modular system (nicknamed SapG), her other synthesizers, old school and new school samplers (Roland SP555, SP404, SP808 and the SP1200), drum machines, live drums and bass guitar she produces music straight from the soul. MTM did shows at Beat Cinema and for Roland and spoke as a guest speaker at King Britt's Blacktronika class (UC San Diego) and at Nicole Mitchell Grantt's class about music composition (University of Pittsburgh).
Miss Tahloulah May was born September 1986 in Paramaribo (Surinam). Inspired by her mother, she developed an interest in Soul, Funk, Jazz, Kaseko (Surinamese traditional folk music) and other Caribbean tunes at a young age. Around 1994 she started to develop her love for Hip Hop and Electronic music and the Hip Hop culture. The way creative boundries were pushed within these musical fields inspired her to look for her own musical and creative identity. This lead to her finding her musical path decades later.
Her sound is known as old school Hip Hop, but with an Industrial, Electronic twist.
Until about 2020 MTM made instrumental Hip Hop music solely using sampled material. But because she felt that this limited her creativity, she started studying bass guitar, synthesizer, keyboard and drums.
- Music is food for your soul, don't starve! (2019)
- Amsterdam (2019)
- Kangoloops (2020)
- Ms. Ana Logue (2020)
- Rugged (2020)
- Reboot (2021)
- Cute but Psycho (2021)
Rugged was MTM's first full album made without a computer. MTM sees Rugged as a creative rebirth, because of the complete DAWless workflow she adapted from then on.
Her latest release "Cute but Psycho" is an ode to the different sides we all have as human beings. It's an ode to the balance between the dark and the light side of the force we all have within us. Cute but Psycho is all about being your true self. Everyone has more than one layer. More than one face. That is okay. The tricky part is keeping the balance.
MTM feels it’s important that with every project at least one extra layer of her soul is being shared.
While making Cute but Psycho Miss Tahloulah May continued to use a Dawless setup with what she calls hardware with a soul. She's not one for the polished sound. For this project she added synthesizers like the Moog Grandmother, Roland System 8 and her modular system nicknamed SapG as well as live drums.
During the lockdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic, MTM started her (visual) radio show Room 404 Live in 2020. By 2021 she started collaborations with Run Dem Radio (by London based running crew Run Dem Crew) and Blast Radio. With her online radio show she strived to provide a platform for other independent and underground artists.
In addition to her musical projects Miss Tahloulah May designed presets for Native Instruments' Community Drive 2021.
“I strive to compose and share creative Hip Hop instrumentals that ooze passion, authenticity and my love for the history of the culture and all of it’s subcultures. The Hip Hop culture’s foundation lies in creativity, skill and thinkin’ outside the box. That’s a powerful base that needs to be preserved.” - Miss Tahloulah May