From Showtime’s “Weeds” to international electronic dance music sensation, Meital is on the rise and currently releasing singles and remixes with Sean Kingston, Reflex (Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna) R3hab (Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Calvin Harris) and Che Pope (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem). She has made it onto the Billboard Top 10 Music Dance Charts, and is increasing in popularity with her single “Give Us Back Love”.
We were lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with the pop star. She told us about her favorite clubs, her (non)formula for creating a hit, and more:
1) You started out as an actress in Israel and have credits as a comedian, playwright, author and now a singer. Have you found the transition to full-time musician difficult? If yes, what was the most difficult part?
I’ve always been a performer so whether I’m on a film set, in a play or in the recording studio I’m still tapping into the same parts of myself. I think being a singer is especially thrilling because I get to be pensive as a writer, and then totally rebel and unleash when I’m on stage performing. That duality is especially interesting to me.
2) Your songs are topping many dance music charts. Is there a formula for creating a smash-hit single?
I think the best formula is no formula. I like to trust my gut instincts, and in the case of dance and pop music, those instincts are especially useful. If I write a song and I just can’t stop singing it or dancing to it, I know it’s going to be a hit. It’s like it sticks to you and you just can’t shake it off. That’s a great song.
3) As an electro dance music artist, you must have been to some pretty awesome clubs. What are some of your favorites?
I really like The Cat & Dog club in Tel Aviv, The Box in London, and GMF in Berlin is really cool and progressive. The best clubs are the ones where the audience is just really letting loose and sweating up a storm. The sweatier the crowd, the better time I have.
4) You’ve worked with some really big players in the music industry – Sean Kingston and Che Pop to name two. Who would your dream collaboration be with?
If I could bring Warhol back from the dead I think we could create some pretty awesome shit. I’d love to collaborate with someone who’s really doing something innovative. I think Kanye is doing that and blurs the line between high art and commercial pop. I think that’s really cool and I would love to get in the studio with him to do something cool. I would also love to collaborate across mediums – do a project between me, a sculptor and perhaps a filmmaker. How can music, film, and visual art all work in tandem with each other? This is something I’m definitely interested in exploring.
5) You spend a lot of time jet-setting. What is the most memorable place you’ve been to and why?
I have a big crush on St Barth ever since we first met. It’s just so perfect in every way. It feels magical because of the terrain of the land and just how removed you are from everything. There’s no internet out there — just you in nature. When I go away I’m looking for a real escape.
6) What is the one thing you absolutely could not live without?
My pet Tiger. Have you met Yummy Charlie?
7) You’ve been labeled as a renaissance woman, a hyphenate. Can you tell us a little about your artistic journey? How did you get to where you are now? Where would you like to go next?
My evolution as an artist has been extremely exploratory. I’ve let myself indulge in all my creative whims, and this childlike wonder is what has propelled me further. I think that the older we get, the further away we get from our imaginations. I try to stay young inside so that I can be fully connected to my most imaginative self. I think my staying in touch with this youthful, creative part of myself is what has allowed me to have this success. As far as what’s to happen next, I try to take it all day by day. I’m here now, and being an artist in the now is what turns me on the most.