If you have heard of Meital because of her singing you may have seen her acting. The Israeli comedian, actress and singer is best known in America for her role in the series, ‘Weeds’, but she’s also appeared in other TV and film.
Her music career began in 2011 and as well as having a viral video to her name, her single ‘On Ya’ featured Sean Kingston and reached No.5 in the UK charts.
Having recently released her new track, ‘Give Us Back Love’, we caught up with the international songstress who’s a serious triple-threat.
YOU STARTED OFF STUDYING ACTING BUT NOW ARE FOCUSED ON MUSIC – WHY THE CHANGE?
I actually met with my spiritual guide in Israel and she told me that I was meant to be making music. It came as a surprise when I first heard it. Then when I came back to LA I went to a party and met Che Pope, a music produce who works with a lot of artists I appreciate. We got along from the get go and started creating music almost immediately after that! I guess it was a little bit of spirituality and a little bit of serendipity.
WHAT DO YOU GET FROM MUSIC THAT YOU DON’T GET FROM ACTING?
Making art is delivering messages. As an actress, I was delivering through words, emotions and my partners. In music, it’s bascially the same but a different form of expression.
YOU GREW UP IN ISRAEL, HOW DID THE COUNTRY INSPIRE YOU CREATIVELY?
Well I find Israel to be very spiritual: the history, the land, and the people. It’s a place that feels very magical and mystical. I felt inspired by basic things like the dead sea, but also just living in a country that is the size of New Jersey allows you to connect with the whole of it. Most people who live in this country only know a small part of the country, but in Israel I’m inspired by how connected everything is both geographically and interpersonally speaking.
WHY DID YOU FEEL THE NEED TO MOVE TO THE STATES?
It was what everyone around me was encouraging me to do, including my managers and agents. My whole team was telling me there were great opportunities in the US for me and I really had to come here to see if that was true. Once I came here everything really opened up for me and I just had to stay longer. It was sort of impossible to leave after I landed Weeds. To start with I was working continuously in theater, film and tv in Israel and all i wanted was a little vacation, but when I booked WEEDS one thing lead to another.
HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO BREAK INTO ACTING ONCE THERE?
There were definitely challenges. It’s like going from being a big fish in a small pond, to being a more unknown fish in a huge pond. But I didn’t let that get in my way and pretty soon people started appreciating and recognizing my work in the states.
WHO INSPIRES YOU IN BOTH CINEMA AND MUSIC?
I’m really inspired by Godard. His visual language is so breath-taking and emotional. It really speaks to me. In music I have so many inspirations that transcend all genres. Of course theres Dinah Washington, Portishead, Air, Kanye West, Eminem, Fleetwood Mac and so many more I listen to Kanye and Drake when I’m running. To me music is the great mood enhancer; whatever you’re listening to has the power to elevate you.
YOU’RE ALREADY VERY WELL KNOWN IN THE US AND YOUR NATIVE ISRAEL, WHY IS THE TIME RIGHT NOW TO TAKE ON THE UK?
I feel like people in the UK are very much early adopters of what’s cool. If you look at London fashion as one example, they are trend setters, not followers. I like the openness of the UK community. They don’t really get shocked by much – they want, more, more, and more. And who else is more perfect to give them that?
HOW HAS YOUR SOUND BEEN DESCRIBED AND DO YOU AGREE?
I was very fortunate to get great comparisons and compliments for my work in music, even though I only had two songs in the market. My music a my album I’M IN HATE WITH LOVE will contain different genres of Electro-Pop. What you’ve tasted so far is only the beginning.
DANCE MUSIC IS HUGELY POPULAR NOW, WITH DANCE BEATS BEING USED IN OTHER GENRES SUCH AS HIP HOP AND RnB – WHY DO YOU THINK DANCE IS HAVING A MOMENT?
I think people really want to let loose, sweat and dance more than ever. If you think about the tech revolution, we’re living in a time when people sit at their desks way more than they walk. We are attached to screens. Computer screens. Mobile screens. TV screens. Dancing is primal because it comes from our body and our souls. That’s why I think dance music is really having a moment. It’s allowing us to return to our most primal desires and selves.
WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU THIS YEAR?
Well I’m on a European press tour right now and my music video GIVE US BACK LOVE is coming out any day now. I’m super excited for that! I also have some film and tv projects iin the works and many other songs I’m recording. You won’t be getting rid of me anytime soon.
Find out more about Meital on her website.