You’re from Indianapolis, how was growing up around the house?
My household was always wild. My house was the house everyone was always in. My mother didn’t care, I would invite people without telling her. There are always people in my house. Music was always played, it was loud. We always had the doors and windows open, we ran in and out all day. When I was a kid, my father always had camcorders that recorded us. We are always in the spotlight. Indiana was fun, I loved growing up there. I had a very free childhood.
Who were your greatest influences?
Beyoncé of course, Rihanna of course. My parents heard a lot from John Mayer and The Eagles. I got into R&B because all of my friends heard it in middle and high school, so it became my thing.
When did you realize this music thing was real?
My dream of becoming a singer started when I was 6 or 7. I didn’t know I could make a living from it until I was 12 or 13 when I got my first manager, and then it was more business and became more serious. I flew to Atlanta the whole time because he lived there. I went there to meet and record and made a serious career out of it.
What have you learned since then?
One thing I am proud of is never to give up. It may seem like there is no hope, but things always turn around. Never giving up is one thing I struggle with, being consistent. I trust myself, I’ve been working on this for a while and still am. Sometimes there are so many people around me. I could get really lonely and tell strangers what I’m going through and everyone has an opinion. But I’ve learned to shut up and trust myself, trust my team. I’m still working on that.
How did you get your name
Maeta is my real name. I am named after my great-great-grandmother from Germany.
You moved to LA two years ago. How does it come from Indianapolis?
I love it. When I left Indianapolis it was like “Ooooo LA”. It was this big deal. Now it feels normal. When I moved it was a wake up call. That’s not what you think you have to pay rent. I didn’t have any friends here. At first it was very difficult because I had no one, I was so lonely. I’ve been in this toxic relationship. It was really hard, but two years later I finally have friends. I have a lot of my team here, it’s starting to feel like home. I still think that I’m not quite all of me here. When I go to Indiana I let go and everything is natural. Everything I’m supposed to do is happening in LA now.
What do you like about LA?
First, there are hardly any studios in Indiana. I love making music, it all happens here. My whole team is here. I like the chaos, I live downtown. It’s loud, there are people everywhere. I like that it’s hot, I can go up on my roof and get a tan now. I’ve been doing that in the last few days. The food is good. I was in New York for a couple of weeks, the food is much better there.
What did you like in New York?
Pasta. Got so much pasta that I gained at least 10 pounds. I don’t care, I ate a lot of pasta and drank a lot of wine. I love taking me out to dinner. Sometimes it feels weird in LA, especially when I meet people. I didn’t know a lot of people in New York, so I went on dates every night. I loved it, it was so much fun. I’ve spent way too much money.