In today’s world of instant gratification, it’s almost impossible to come across young hard working individuals following their passion. Meeting young talented musician Neta Hait made this impossible feat, possible. Neta was born in Tel Aviv and has stayed in the lively and creative city ever since. The open and innovative atmosphere of Tel Aviv is conducive to the creation of new musicians and artists.
Not only is Neta a talented singer, but she is also an incredible musician playing guitar, piano, and drums. There is truly nothing this girl can’t do. After having completed the army, Neta is now dedicating all of her time to her music career. Every day, she spends hours writing new music and improving her skills. Sitting with Neta for just an hour is all it takes to see how much she really wants to be successful in her music. Just by the way her voice changes and her eyes light up at the first mention of music makes it clear that this is truly her path. Neta’s creative soul touches you and really makes you want all the success in the world for her. After reading this interview, I think it will be clear that she is well on her way to success in her music career as well as anything else she sets her mind to.
When and why did you start playing?
When I was younger, I danced hip hop for 10 years so I was already very interested in music because of that. My brother started taking guitar lessons when he was in middle school, and he showed off to me all the time. I watched him play and started to pick up on how he did it. My mom put his guitar in my room by accident one day when she was cleaning, so I picked it up and started messing with it and learned it on my own. I am totally self-taught. I think that if you are passionate about anything, you can learn it.
Which instruments do you play?
I first started playing guitar and at twelve I got my own electric guitar. Learning guitar made it possible for me to teach myself piano. I also taught myself drums in the 9th grade. I convinced my parents to buy me electronic drums. My father didn’t want to buy them because he knew that I didn’t know how to play them. To prove him wrong, I sat for 6 hours the day I got them and taught them to myself by listening to songs and imitating the beats.
What was the first tune you learned?
Nothing Else Matters, Metallica
Is your family musical?
No not really. My family likes music but they don’t play. My grandfather used to be a singer in the army. That’s where I think I got my musical talent.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Michael Jackson because I like his music and his style. And Stevie Wonder. John Mayer because I really connect to his music and his lyrics. Amy Winehouse because I like the way she writes and can tell that there is a story behind her music.
Which famous musicians have you learned from?
I listen to some of my favorite songs and see how they say things. I see how they use words to say simple things and make them sound more melodic. John Mayer is my inspiration for how I play guitar.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
I started to dance at 5 and really liked the music instead of the dancing. When I was in 2nd grade, I was in a singing and dancing group, and the man who ran the group told me to try out for a singing part. He said that I have a really good voice and that I should do something with it. I realize it now that what this man said has stuck with me ever since.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson.
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
I have performed in a few bars in Tel Aviv. I did 40 gigs when I lived in London for a year. I looked up venues everywhere in London and I would perform anywhere I could. I gave my business card to literally everyone. I started to get a following of people who would come to all of my shows. It felt good that people wanted to come see me over and over again.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
I was always tired in London when I would play gigs late after work and I would start playing a song and realize that I didn’t remember the lyrics to the song. To figure out what to say, I had to play the opening chords of the song many times before I could remember the words.
Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Yes, because it’s what is important to me. But once it starts it’s pure fun.
What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Believe in yourself as much as anyone. Let the stress go because you are doing what you love. Relax and just have fun. It’s all good, just take it easy.
Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
Once a week I meet with friends to jam. You know it’s a good session if you just don’t think about anything and laugh a lot.
How often and for how long do you practice?
I spend around 5 or 6 hours a day singing and playing and writing. It’s not something that I think of as forced practice. I do it because I love it and it has become my life passion.
What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
Writing, working on skills, singing, playing guitar, piano, drums, listening to music, and gathering more inspiration.
How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
There is a place for everything, take one day at a time. Prioritize what is important to you. Take breaks from what you love if it doesn’t feel right. Don’t be afraid to take a step back from your life.