Hey Maeta!! So excited to be chatting with you!! You just released your highly anticipated debut EP. What does this EP mean to you?
Hello!! I started this EP when I first moved to LA in January, and I’ve gone through so much since then. It’s kind of documented this huge section of my life, and all the change that have happened. I’ve been wanting to do this since I was a kid so the fact that it’s happening is a huge deal to me.
Do Not Disturb Is Available Now!!!
Here is the streaming link: https://smarturl.it/maetadnd
What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music?
Obviously I hope they love it, but I really just want to make somebody feel something the way my favorite songs do to me. I hope it gives listeners a boost of confidence, or just inspires them in some way.
How did the idea for this EP come about?
I’ve been wanting to put music out for years, and now that I live in LA and am surrounded by the people to help me make it happen, it just happened!
Can you tell us the meaning behind the name of the EP?
The EP name is Do Not Disturb, which I feel is the whole vibe of the EP. During the process of making it, there were a lot of moments when I wanted to just shut the world out and be alone, away from everybody and everything in my own lil world. It’s also a line in my song “Babygirl”, so it just worked out.
Any fun moments while creating the EP?
The best moments were just talking and laughing for hours with my favorite producers and writers. I made some really good friends during the process, so I would say those were the best parts. Nothing crazy.
What’s the process of writing one of your songs?
Being comfortable is the most important part to me. I don’t like feeling rushed or pressured in sessions. So talking, eating good food and being relaxed is key for me.
What’s been you favorite song to write from the new EP and why?
My favorite song to write was for sure Press Play. I made it with a producer duo called The Orphanage, and a writer named Modesty. When I met Zaire and Trevor (the Orphanage), we immediately got along. We spent the first like 5 hours of the session talking and being stupid lol. We spent a couple hours on one idea, and ended up scrapping that one and starting what ended up being Press Play. The song took about 3 sessions to get right, but it didn’t matter because the whole process was so fun. The Orphanage and Modesty and definitely a few of my favorite people to work with ever.
Will you go on tour to promote your new music?
I don’t know if I’m going on tour anytime soon, but it’s definitely something I am dying to do. People keep asking me when I’m coming to their cities, so I think it would be a good idea 🙂
What song are you most excited to perform from this new EP?
Probably Babygirl, everybody knows it and loves it, and my guitar player does this electric guitar solo at the end and it sounds so good.
What does it feel like to perform your own music live in front of your supporters?
Oh my gosh its so scary. My last show I was a mess because I was so nervous, but I got comfortable after about two songs. Its really exciting at the same time though. I want to do more, it’s crazy to see these songs go from ideas to being performed with a band and everything.
Does your fanbase have a name?
Not yet I’m trying to figure that out! Everybody is giving me ideas but I don’t like any of them. I’ll figure it out eventually. Right now they’re my “Maebaes” but I refuse to let that stay.
How do you want your relationship to be with your supporters?
Right now I feel like they’re just my friends. If none of my actual friends are answering my calls I just get on Instagram live and talk to my followers. There are a few that join so often I feel like I know them although I really just know their username and profile picture lol. But yeah they’re basically just my friends at this point.
What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?
I haven’t really had a super crazy one yet. But probably when I meet somebody I’m a huge fan of and they happen to be a fan of mine too! Like recently after my show, a singer I love named Clark Beckham came up to me and was super sweet. That blew my mind because I’ve been a fan of him for a while and had no clue he was even in the audience. But moments like those are really cool.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your supporters?
Instagram! Lives are my favorite thing to do. I am starting to get into twitter though, it’s becoming an addiction. But not as bad as my addiction to TikTok yet.
What’s an average day for you look like?
I get up around 5 for work, go home at like 11 and take a nap. Then either go to sessions, hang out with somebody, or go to Starbucks and watch Youtube videos since I still haven’t put together the wifi for my apartment, which I think I’m still being charged for according to a text I just got from Spectrum. Then I sing for a couple hours and go to bed.
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career and in your personal life?
Of course I want Grammys, and billions of streams on my songs and all that, but really I don’t have anything super specific. I like to just go with the flow and see what happens, but I do know where I want to end up eventually. I really just like music though and want to spend my life doing it.
How has this whole music career experience been?
A roller coaster. I’ve been wanting this since I was a little kid and it’s definitely been a crazy journey, and has taken a lot of determination and perseverance to stick with it. But I love it!! Things are finally starting to move which is refreshing. I am proud of how far I’ve come.
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thank you thank you thank you!!!!