Producer, musician, online content creator and writer, Miss Tahloulah May is considered to be an allround creative within her field. As a Hip Hop music producer she stands for respecting Hip Hop’s heritage and culture. DAWless production of Hip Hop music with a twist is her signature. With her old school samplers (SP555, SP404, SP1200, SP808, MPC2500), drum machines, bass guitars and (modular) synthesizers she produces music straight from the soul. From building her brand independently and without a team, starting a (visual) radio show to support other independent artists and creating Hip Hop music with her own unique sound, she is on her way to becoming a valuable contributor to the Hip Hop community and culture.
Miss Tahloulah May (Gwendela van der Wel) 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 Caribbean tunes at a young age. Around 1994 she started to develop her love for Hip Hop music and the culture. The way creative boundries were pushed within the entire Hip Hop culture and all of it’s subcultures inspired her to look for her own musical and creative identity. This lead to her finding her musical voice decades later.
At the age of 14 Miss Tahloulah May began analyzing all sorts of musical genres and styles and started hosting local radio shows. She also started getting serious about dancing and practiced different dance styles like Ballet, Jazz Dance, Afro Jazz and Hip Hop.
In 2016 she started a successful international blog, Kick out of the box, about the Sneaker culture as a subculture in Hip Hop. Miss Tahloulah May made it her goal to outline the history and journey of the Sneaker culture. To do so, she had to shine light on the journey of the Hip Hop culture as a whole, eventually leading to the start of her musical carreer.
Her sound is known as old school Hip Hop, but with a unique twist. It’s a mixture of Boom Bap, Lo-Fi and Electronics. Until about 2019 Miss Tahloulah May made instrumental Hip Hop music solely using sampled material. But because she felt that this limited her creativity, she started studying bass guitar, synthesizer and keyboard.
In 2019 MTM introduced herself as a solo artist with her debut album “Music is food for your soul, don’t starve!”. Boom Bap album "Amsterdam" followed quickly.
Other releases are:
- Kangoloops (Lofi album, 2020)
- Ms. Ana Logue (Hip Hop / Electronics EP referring to her love for (analogue) hardware, 2020)
- Rugged (Alternative Hip Hop, 2020)
- Reboot (Electronic Alternative Hip Hop, 2021)
Rugged is MTM's first full album made without a computer. Beatmaking, vinyl digging, (vintage) hardware and raw Hip Hop are the ingredients and cornerstones that make this album come to life. MTM sees Rugged as a creative rebirth, because of the complete DAWless workflow she adapted from then on.
Because Miss Tahloulah May wants to share as many layers of her soul in her discography her upcoming project "Reboot" was born.
"Reboot is a very personal project resulting from physical and mental setbacks and me wanting to share as many layers of my soul in my projects as possible. Reboot is my way to stay sane. Reboot is my way to keep going."
On Reboot you'll find a mix of experimental Hip Hop and electronic music. Modular racks, synthesizers, the SP404 and the MPC2500 were used amongst others.
Reboot was released on March 26th 2021.
During the lockdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic, MTM started her (visual) radio show Room 404 Live in 2020. By 2021 she started a collaboration with Run Dem Radio (by London based running crew Run Dem Crew). With her online radio show she strived to provide a platform for other independent and underground artists.
Miss Tahloulah May is all about respecting the Hip Hop culture’s history and heritage, while making alternative Hip Hop. This is the foundation for her music. “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