When Ria Mae wrote her new single "Hold Me," she was struggling with her dependence on and anxiety surrounding social media. Written with Frank Kadillac, who is also featured on the track, "Hold Me" grapples with the idea of protecting yourself from the constant influx of negativity online and offers an alternative for lost souls overwhelmed by our digital world: actual human connection. "We're tricking ourselves into feeling more connected, but we're less connected," Mae said when OUTvisited the Toronto set of the music video. "People [will say things online] they'd never say in person. If you're in the same room as someone, those words are not even gonna come out."
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"I think it's helpful to see other people admit that they're struggling," said Mae of the song's message. "I hope that it comes across that this song came from a real place of struggle for both of us, admitting it and being vulnerable. But it's also hopeful. I don't think spiraling is the way out of it, connecting is the way."
Watch OUT's exclusive premiere of Ria Mae's "Hold Me" music video, featuring Frank Kadillac, below.
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