New Artist Feature: Meital
The New Music Feature is just what it sounds like. A showcase for new music and new artists as they begin climbing the charts or making a name for themselves in the music industry.
This week, we have Meital. You might recognize her from her role on the hit television series “Weeds” but this talented young woman is also a bona fide superstar in her home country of Israel as a two-time Ophir Award nominee for her performances in the critically praised films GOD’S SANDBOX and GIRAFFES. She continues to wow audiences all across the world.
MTV’s new Buzzworthy Artist, Meital, is no stranger to the limelight but her new single, “On Ya” is garnering her more attention. The single was recorded alongside hip hop star, Sean Kingston, and is making its way to the airwaves acrtoss the country.
Meital has also recently released a music video for another one of her singles entitled, “Yummy” which was produced by LMFAO’s Rami Afuni. Another one of her hit singles and music videos for “Yummy Boyz” went viral and reached per 1 million views before it began circulating in clubs and radio stations nationwide. It also had a regular rotation on the playlists of KIIS FM on L.A. Off that success the song has been remixed by some of the top DJs such as Danny Verde, Electrolightz, Hector Fonseca, and Chew Fu (Rihanna, Timbaland, Katy Perry, Gossip, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga).
Her entrancing dance floor rhythms pop classics, Meitel is able to grasp listeners and never let go.
Aside from her musical abilities, Meital is also known for her acting roles. She is widely recognized for her role as ‘Yael Hoffman,’ the sexy rabbinical scholar and lover to Andy Botwin on Showtime’s smash hit “WEEDS,” She also played “Aurora” in the Sony Pictures web comedy “Woke Up Dead,” which co-starred Jon Heder and Wayne Knight.
On stage, Meital recently co-starred as Abby with John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos) in the Off-Broadway and LA productions of Anthony Neilson’s play Stitching, which is now being developed into a feature film directed by Bernard Rose (Candy Man).
What the critics say about Meitel
She has already won and been nominated for several awards in her home country of Israel. She is a two-time Ophir Award nominee for her performances in the critically praised films GOD’S SANDBOX and GIRAFFES. She also won an Israeli Theatre Award for “Most Promising New Actress” and was principal star in the Israeli Emmy Award-Winning “Ugliest Esti” – the Israeli version of Ugly Betty.
Her most recent film, Monogamy (Oscilloscope), co-starring Chris Messina and Rashida Jones, won the Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival and received rave reviews.
In early 2011, the Israeli bombshell caught the attention of mega hip-hop producer Che Pope (Lauren Hill, Eminem, Dr. Dre) and they began to record her debut album “I’m In Hate With Love,” due out later this Summer.
Tell us about you brand new single, “On Ya.”
“ON YA” is fun, dancey pop song about loving the life you live. People are always jealous about what their friends have or what they don’t have, and it’s about celebrating the present and being grateful for what you do have. *wink wink* We can’t always control what comes to us in life, so it’s just super important to soak up the moment and always make the most out of it.
What was the best part about working with Sean Kingston for the single?
Sean is a total blast to work with. He has really open, positive energy and is the kind of person you can just laugh and have a good time with. I’m so happy we had the opportunity to collaborate on this song.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your music?
Where don’t I draw inspiration may be the better question! My pet tiger always inspires me. All the yummy boyz out there also drive me. The truth is I try to always convey a social message in my music and combine that with a splash of humor. I think humor is a direct way to reach an audience and talk to them about something more serious. It’s almost like there’s subliminal social messages embedded into my pop songs.
If you could pick one musician to work with, who would it be?
Just one? I’d love to collaborate with Kanye right now. He’s just so original and always taking risks. I also really love Skrillex, Eminem, Dead Mouse…is that a good start?
Does your upcoming album, “I’m In Hate With Love” have an overall theme within the songs?
Well when I started writing the album I was thinking a lot about the state of love today. With over 50% of marriages ending in divorce, and people more afraid of monogamy than ever, I got to really thinking about where has the love gone. It seems like we’re living in a selfish time. The me me me time. The me me me time where self love trumps loving another. I’m still a total romantic and believe in the power of love though, and my album is a testament to that.
You also worked on a few episodes of the show “Weeds,” what was the best part of that experience?
Working on Weeds was just a total blast. I had a steamy sex scene where I whipped out a strap on and intimidated the hell out of Justin Kirk’s character. That was certainly a good time. Nothing like being the woman in charge..
Which do you prefer doing more, acting or music?
It’s funny because people always ask me that, and then I ask myself that, and then I decide that there’s no answer to that question. I love to sing. I love creating music. I love playing deeply compelling roles in movies and tv.
We have a cereal review site as well and we wanted to know, what is YOUR favorite breakfast cereal?
Fruit Loops! So many colors in one bowl.