Jul 9, 2024 1 min read

Approved: Mya Mehmi

Mya Mehmi, a London-based Punjabi trans artist, DJ and community builder, possesses a hypnotic sound. As co-producer of Pxssy Palace, she’s a vital presence in London’s queer scene and is now poised to leave her mark as an artist

Approved: Mya Mehmi
Photo Credit: Nadine Noor

The multi-faceted Mya Mehmi, a London-based Punjabi trans artist, DJ and community builder, possesses a hypnotic sound. As co-producer of the cult club night and collective Pxssy Palace, Mehmi is a vital presence in London’s queer scene and is well-acquainted with music that gets bodies moving.

In her latest release ‘Pain 4 U’, Mehmi's rich, sultry vocals saunter over 2000s hip hop beats, unravelling the complexities of a past toxic relationship. Her confessional songwriting is complemented by a self-directed ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’-inspired video that explores themes of pressured hypersexuality and heteronormative ideals in her own previous relationship while mirroring the track’s nostalgic influences.

Speaking on the track’s visuals, Mehmi said, “I wanted to represent the various different forms I took on in this relationship, such as the damsel, the wifey, the private dancer, the sexual object; all whilst nodding to my ex’s slightly ominous and dangerous persona via his styling and demeanour throughout the video. And as always, I had to include symbolism and imagery that celebrated my Punjabi heritage”.

As both a sonic and visual artist, Mya Mehmi is undeniably one to watch, offering a profound and, unfortunately, still rare narrative in the music scene.

🎧 Watch the video for ‘Pain 4 U’ below

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