Paige Meade aka Paigey Cakey is a British rapper, singer and actress from Hackney, East London. Fresh from touring with Geko this Spring, and a tour in China no less, Sassify caught up her to talk Pride, Queer representation in the media and what drives her lyrically sassy music.
You dropped the record One for You with Mulla Stackz towards the end of 2018, how did that collaboration come about?
I worked with Mulla Stackz on a single in late 2017 titled 'She Moving' remix. I thought it was only right we recorded another track together for my project. I believe we have great chemistry and a vibe when we come together to make music.
You have been very candid in the media about your relationships with both men and women. What does Queerness mean to you and what would be your vision of a Queertopia?
Honestly, I do not label people; I believe we are all one no matter your sexual preference or sexuality. Queertopia to me means a place or group of people who are happy and free.
Did the need for more QPOC representation in the media and music industry influence your ‘coming out’?
I definitely think QPOC representation in the media help me come out. It made me feel less lonely as they are so many people going through what I am going through. I feel like we as people are more accepting, and there are so many communities of people willing to support and share love.
What has the reaction been? Has it influenced your song writing?
The reaction has been positive. I sometimes get messages from people who say horrible things but I never let it get to me. As with song writing I do feel like I have opened, up a little more so there is definitely some influence there.
You vlogged about your hair transplant last year. How important was it for you to share your journey with the world?
I felt it was very important to share my hair journey and speak on alopecia as it is a very taboo subject and people do not really speak on it. I have a platform so I wanted to use it to be a voice for people going through similar or the same situation. I also wanted to give hope to people who feel they have nobody, as it can feel isolating when you go through something alone.
There is a lot of debate queer sex education being taught across some schools. What would you tell your younger self about relationships and making it in the music industry?
I think something like this would work in the UK but I think it would have mixed reviews, as not everybody will be comfortable with this, which is understandable. I would tell my younger self that love is love and not to worry about what people think about you. As long as you live life for you and nobody else, you will always be happy. In regards to the music industry, I would tell myself to keep my head high and have thick skin as everyone will have an opinion, but an opinion is not a fact.
Your lyrics are often very candid and raw, how much of what you write is a Fight for a better future within and outside the queer and creative communities?
In all honesty, I do not really speak about the conscious topics in my music. However, majority of my songs always have a positive message or vibe. Maybe in the future I will voice my opinion on such topics.
People are often marginalised because of them, and others wear them as a badge of honour. Do you think labels are good or bad?
I love and respect people who wear a label as a badge of honour but I wish we lived in a world with no labels, where everyone was one.
What are your plans for 2019?
I just dropped my new mixtape 'Flavours' available on all streaming services. The video for the lead single Motorola delivers a much-needed dose of sun-soaked escapism.
I am currently planning my UK and EU tour for this year. I will also be performing at Pride in Birmingham in May; I am looking forward to that. I recently performed alongside Dat Brass and Toya Delazy at MN2S' Spotlight Showcase event at Camden Assembly. I feel like it is going to be a good year!