This morning, everyone who has low-key been enjoying R&B Fridays broadcast on the Hit Network around the country (or high-key, no judgement here) has woken up to news between Frontier Touring and Hit Network’s entertainment company Southern Cross Austereo, the radio format has now become a touring event.
This November will see the likes of Nelly, Mýa, Blackstreet, Blu Cantrell, 112, TLC and more head around the country on a tour that isn’t to be missed. Earlier this week, I chatted with one tenth of the tour, Mýa, about her Australian return. Having last seen her in Australia touring Sean Paul, she had some new music in the works back then and as we chat, she’s excited to update us on what’s been happening recently.
“I am so excited!” she says of the November tour. “The last time I was there was last year in October so it will have been over a year now. I’ve been getting to see more and more of Australia every time, so this’ll be great.”
“Australia is just so beautiful and I haven’t even seen the half of it yet, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Though she’s well aware of the hits fans will undoubtedly be turning up for (“Case of the Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do)” = iconic), Mýa is looking forward to debuting some of her new material out in Australia at the end of the year as well.
“I have a new [EP] project out, so I’m excited to bring some new music to the stage as well.” she says. “I just released my eighth studio [EP] project independently in February, Smoove Jones, it’s some sexy R&B – that’s been going wonderfully. I’m really proud of the work. I’m working on the actual masterpiece [though], but I’ve got a tonne of music in an archive to release in between! I’m so excited for the actual album though!”
Moving from big label world in to the independent realm over the last few years has given Mýa more leash to do things on her own terms and explore production and the label side of the business. She describes the differences she’s experienced in making music now compared to her days with A&M and Interscope.
“The internet is an incredible place and I know that the fans tell me exactly what they want,” she says. “It’s great to have a source of research as well as requests when you’re making music, so it’s not just for you; it’s not always just about you. I’m always taking into consideration what people are asking for; it sort of dictates the client and what they want, based on what you’ve been giving them or have not been giving them. It’s wonderful to pay attention to what others want and you can get it directly from the internet, immediately within a click of a button. That’s the time that we’re living in and making music in.”
“Personally, I’m at a time in my life where I’m ready to shed and reveal who I am; I was a kid when I first came in [to the industry], but I have a lot to offer. Artistically as well as in terms of opinions. I’m really excited about that. The music has never been compromised but I’m the type of girl who’s all over the place! I’ve got my hands in so many different things, but I love entertainment of all kinds and all kinds of music and artistry. That might be a little hard to deal with if you’re dealing with a label or companies, but I’ve really enjoyed this journey and I’ve taken my time. I never grew up too fast in the public eye, I’ve just gone at my own pace – I’m sane! I’m happy and proud of that.”
RnB FRIDAYS LIVE TOUR DATES
Frontier Members Presale begins from September 6th – head HERE for details
General Public ticket sales commence from September 8th at 10am local time
November 18th | Qudos Bank Arena, SYDNEY | All Ages | Tickets
November 19th | Eatons Hill Outdoors, BRISBANE | 18+ | Tickets
November 20th | The Gats @ nib Stadium, PERTH | All Ages | Tickets
November 25th | Hisense Arena, MELBOURNE | All Ages | Tickets