Senegal-born, Kuwait raised, and now Brooklyn-based multimedia artist and writer Fatima Al Qadiri (aka Ayshay) is best known for her genre-blurring style that blends juke, hip-hop, dubstep, electro-tropicalia, ’90s trance, and plenty of other elements—most evident on her 2011 EP Genre-Specific Xperience. Her latest equally compelling EP, Desert Strike, which appeared late last year on Kingdom’s Fade to Mind label, was inspired by the videogame of the same name, and is an homage to the game’s “militaristic futurism” and Al Qadiri’s own real-life experience with war. We can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring.

Sum up 2012 in three words.

Mindfuck. Terrifying. Cute.

Have a favorite track from last year?

I honestly don’t have favorites in music; that’s for food and smoking.

Besides you, who else should we keep an eye on this year?

DJ Manny.

Any predictions for 2013, music or otherwise?

Genre mashup will peak this year. 2013 will definitely be better than 2012.

What’s next for you release-wise, and what should we look forward to in the future?

Working on a collab album in LA this month, to be announced soon. Looking forward to DJing the Fade to Mind showcase at SXSW, March 15.