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Meet Hatty Maines

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hatty Maines.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I spent my high school years cyphering with my friends like any normal teenage boy from the suburbs. It wasn’t until I was 19 and my father died that I really started to take it seriously.

I had been recruited to play lacrosse for Hofstra University in NY, at the time they were a top 10 division 1 program which made me ecstatic because it was my dream to play Division 1 lacrosse. I met a girl I really got along with the first few weeks I was at school and we started dating. I didn’t get any playing time but I was in the gym trying to make it work. I finish my freshman year and all of a sudden my dad dies unexpectedly, it wasn’t long after this that I was told by my coach that I was never going to be able to play at Hofstra, but he was willing to keep me on the team so I could get to “wear the jacket”. I told him to fuck off (not really) and transferred to Gettysburg College (a division 3 program) and tried to make it work there.

I found out the girl I was dating had been cheating on me, through all that bullshit. I was totally devastated. I was alone, at a new school with no real friends with a girlfriend that was fucking everybody she could, a dead dad, and clinging to my lacrosse dream as tightly as I could. I couldn’t leave her, I had nothing else, I put up with it until she finally cut me loose the next summer. My grandparents ended up dying around that time too.

I got cut from Gettysburg, my sports dream was dead, my mom started dating again, and I was single after three years. I started leaning more into music (and boxing but thats a different story) as an outlet for my misery and it was working so I kept it up.

I eventually got linked with a woman who started scamming me for pay to play opportunities. I lost a great deal of money and all faith in the industry after that.

Since then, I’ve been building myself back from the ashes, organically. I found a mentor in a man named Steve, an audio engineer in Manhattan. He and I grew quite close and he helped me discover more of what my artistry should be and how to be more authentic in my sound. I’m eternally grateful for the things he showed and told me.

I moved away to LA when I was 25 and a lot of cool stuff has happened since then. I’ve been working with very talented, established producers, and finally, feel like I’m getting a little momentum. That about takes us to now.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has most definitely not been smooth. The personal struggles I listed brought me to the darkest place I’ve ever been. My early 20s were filled with pain and self-loathing.

The little opportunities people took to make fun of me for my music are the things that bother me about it. People I knew and cared about: I remember one time my friends asked these two girls at a party to pretend they knew me as a rapper and to gas me up as a joke. I laughed about it with them but I won’t ever forget how that felt.

All that’s irrelevant, and those people have very happy lives selling ads or doing some other shit in FiDi/Gramercy Village. The shit that actually set me back in a tangible way was the con artist that duped me out of thousands by preying on my love of music.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I specialize in writing dope songs, my proudest moment is being invited by Grammy award-winning production duo Milk and Sizz to Atlanta for a writing camp to help write some songs for different artists. What sets me apart is my careful attention to lyric writing in an era devoid of it.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Playing Candyland with my dad and always losing because he refused to lose on purpose for my sister and my sake.

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Diana Kwiatkowski, Eden Shohat

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