MAETA's sultry voice and undeniable confidence radiates through her music. Her latest EP tells the story of a relationship and each song has a correlating video. We talked to her about what's been inspiring her lately and the challenges she's faced in the music industry.
How did you get started in music?
MAETA: Music has always been my thing since I was a little kid. I grew up singing in my church, and was always performing for everybody at family events. I somehow always knew it’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life!
When do you think it turned into a career for you?
MAETA: I started taking music serious when I was about 13. I got my first manager, started posting covers and recording songs, and pretty much made it my life at that point.
I love that you’re doing a whole story with these videos, where did that idea come from?
MAETA: All of the songs on my EP tie into the same story of this relationship I was in. I thought it’d be perfect if they all connected to each other like they do in the songs. Although everything isn’t exactly the same, they still get the point across lol.
Tell me about the latest, “Too Good” what’s the story behind it?
MAETA: Too Good is a song about thinking somebody is too good to be true. I feel like it tells the story of somebody who’s been through some bad relationships in the past, and can’t really believe it when they finally find somebody who is good to them for the first time. It’s super fun/flirty and I love it.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in the music industry?
MAETA: The biggest challenge for me is probably staying sane while everything can be so random. Everything always seems to be last minute and nothing goes as planned. I think I’ve gotten used to it, but it was a struggle when I first moved to LA and was getting situated. You just have to adjust to going with the flow and not overthinking!
What else has been inspiring you lately?
MAETA: Recently I’ve been inspired by my friends. They’ve all been using their creativity to make the most out the quarantine, so it motivates me to work harder and utilize all this free time.
What’s your best piece of advice for young women?
MAETA: I want all young women to know that their feelings are valid. I think a lot of times we can be made to feel like we are crazy or being dramatic about things, but our feelings are as real as anybody else’s. Don’t hold back because what you think might sound crazy. If you feel something let it out!