Hot Box'in with Hatty Maines
1. Please explain your unique moniker "Hatty Maines."
Hatty Maines is just a play on my real name: Matt Haines. I didn't even think of it, was suggested by a friend. My original rap name was super lame RIP.
2. What creative skill sets separate you from the norm? How do those skill sets impact your music?
Even before I started getting into the production side, I always had a pretty good ear for beats/sound selection. Having an idea of which beats might do better with the public has definitely yielded me some good results. One of my highest-streamed songs "Bullsh1t" was written to a different beat, swapped the entire song onto a beat that I thought my audience would like more and I made the right call. I've also been playing ukulele since I was 15 so lately I've been incorporating some of that into my music to bring a fresh sound to the game. The sample for "More High" was actually me playing ukulele in Dee Miinor's apartment
3. Someone told us that you are an avid boxer. How did your involvement in that sport come about? What are your goals in that arena?
I'm out of shape and 0-1 from my first fight last July but I have been training boxing for close to 7 years at this point. When I was in college I got cut from the lacrosse team at the Division 3 school that I TRANSFERRED TO because I thought I would be able to play there.
I was pretty miserable after that, I was still dealing with the fallout of my father's death and dating a terrible person. I turned to boxing at a very emotional time in my life and it has taught me a lot about who I am. As far as my goals, nothing major. I'd like to have a winning record as an amateur maybe do the Golden Gloves and call it quits, as I get older getting hit in the head is less fun.
4. Your new single is titled "More High." How does the evolution of Cannabis' social acceptance and business opportunities play a role in your life?
I didn't even smoke weed until I was maybe 19 years old, I was pretty outspoken AGAINST cannabis for my early years. Needless to say I had a change of heart. Legalization is great, I got pinched for half a blunt at the horse track one summer and stopped smoking for 6 months until I figured out how to beat the drug tests. Now people can smoke without being afraid of getting their lives ruined, it's a great time to be alive.
As far as business opportunities I mean partnering with a cannabis company is a big time goal so hit me up y'all!
5. What can we expect from your imprint Finch Box and your collaboration with Oh That's Filthy and CREATE.Digital Music in the near future?
Big plans for 2020 and beyond under Finch Box with OTF and CDM. Going to be releasing a lot of new music produced by myself, going to be throwing events in the LA area and producing some sound kits with my ukulele.
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