- Words Notion Staff
- Photography Michael Smits
Rapidly rising artist MEYY speaks on her 'Neon Angel' EP and being aesthetics-orientated when it comes to her music, plus her manifestations for 2022.
For plenty of people, the act of creating art can feel a little like a dream: the idea of letting the outside world fade away and your subconscious taking over. It’s something that MEYY – the excitingly unpredictable Belgian-born talent now making her mark on the London scene – has made central to her music.
MEYY hit the music world in 2019 with her acclaimed debut single “Angelic Lies”, and she has quickly built up an impressive resume. Showcasing her truly diverse musical palette, MEYY has collaborated with a fascinatingly diverse array of producers such as FrancisGotHeat (Drake, Bryson Tiller, Big Sean) and supported UK rap favourite Jelani Blackman at Shepherd’s Bush Hall in London earlier this year.
Now, she’s ready to put her creative vision out into the world with her new EP ‘Neon Angel’, embracing the dreamlike aspect that has always been her trademark. ‘Neon Angel’ features a team-up with Jelani on the EP’s closing track, “Rain”, and an empowering collaboration with French sensation Joanna, but it’s above all an expression of MEEY’s truly unique artistic sensibilities.
Notion caught up with MEYY to hear all about ‘Neon Angel’ – from how she builds a track to the ideal listening experience for the project.
Congratulations on the release of your ‘Neon Angel’ EP. You’ve said that you “enter a dreamlike state” when making or listening to music. Does this happen naturally or is there anything you do to induce yourself to this space?
Thank you! I’m so happy with the release and how it has been received. And thank you Notion for your support, it means a lot to me. When I “enter a dreamlike state”, it actually happens naturally. I’ve always been a very imaginative person and when I make music it triggers my imagination even more. It’s very cool – like a movie in my head, but it feels very realistic.
You also said that the EP “sounds like underwater flowers moving”. Did you have this specific intention when making the record?
My music, generally speaking, is very aesthetics-oriented. Whenever I start making a song I’ll immediately have colors, images, lights, or sceneries going around in my head. I think this all finds its foundation in my vivid sense of imagination. Once I have the imagery, it’s easier to curate soundscapes or lyrics around it. For ‘Neon Angel’, the underwater flowers moving were the image, the dream I had in my head. That visualization covers the fragility and yet wavy texture of this EP. The whole EP is like a succession of dreams. A compilation of songs that beautifully reflect the dreamlike state I enter when making or listening to music.
How do you want people to feel when they listen to ‘Neon Angel’? What is the ideal listening experience?
You collaborated with Jelani Blackman on the track “Rain”. How did you two link up? What was it like working with Jelani?
We linked up through his label initially and then he asked me to open for him at his sold-out show at Bush Hall back in October. I loved his set and we had a good connection. I love the aesthetic in his voice and flow and his whole project really so when we were looking for a feature for Rain I immediately thought of him. I was honoured he agreed to jump on the track and the result is so so so good. He’s such a lovely person and great to work with!
You collaborated with a range of producers on the record. How did you select who to work with?
Do you have a favourite track off the EP?
Born in Belgium, you’re now based in London. Did you move to pursue your musical career? How has life in London differed from life in Belgium?
What’s one of the most significant things you’ve learned in your career so far?
What’s your star sign?
I’m a virgo.
What does 2022 hold in store for MEYY? What are you manifesting?