Brad recently popped on the blower with Aussie dance/pop diva Havana Brown for a quick pop Q&A.
Naturally, he wanted to find out all about her latest single ‘All Day’ and its music video (shot in a drive-in, no less), along with her future plans for music and her upcoming live tour.
Q. Hi Havana Brown! How are you feeling today?
A. Really good thank you. Radio yesterday radio today and still tired but I’m pumped.
Q. Congratulations on the new track. I’ve had it playing all day all day all day. Can you please describe the vibe of the track?
A. Yes, this track is definitely a feel-good escape that makes you feel like it’s sunny, even if it’s a cloudy day. Imagine driving in your car with the windows down and it’s a perfect day going down to the beach with all your friends.
Q. I totally feel that! I like that it has that chill dance sort of vibe. What inspired the track?
A. I have been writing with different people in different places and this was really off the cuff. We didn’t really know if this would be released, but we were just having so much fun making it. The original lyrics of the song were definitely not radio-friendly…
Q. As in it was explicit?
A. Yeah, definitely. We had so much fun in the session – writing until 2am and were a bit delusional. We just kept laughing a lot and I feel like you can hear that energy in the song. A couple of months later I revisited the track and felt like the melody was dope, but I had to change some of the lyrics in the verses.
Then it really started to stand out and feel like it could be a single and that is what you hear now! I’m really glad I didn’t just put it aside to never hear it again.
Q. Listening to you talk about your writing sessions makes me so excited for more music. Is it on the horizon?
A. Absolutely. So much more music – we’ve pretty much completed the EP.
Q. Amazing! When can we expect the EP release?
A. I haven’t set a confirmed date yet, but very much looking forward to it.
Q. And the video is out! I love it – the choreography is so on point. Have you always been a dancer?
A. I grew up dancing. I went to dance classes from the age of five or six and have always been performing, dancing and singing. I regret stopping in my teens and wish I had continued with it but definitely love dancing.
Q. The video is stunning – it’s a complete throwback to an American ’50s style diner. but was filmed in Australia. How did you find that location?
A. The director found it and it was exactly what I was looking for. I really wanted something colourful that felt like somewhere you eat and hang out with friends after partying. Its that moment where you are laughing with your mates after a night out, which matches to how we wrote the song.
Q. And out of curiosity… where is it? I saw the Events Cinema popcorn which let me know it’s in Australia, but where?
A. It’s a drive-in theatre in Blacktown! Even I was surprised it existed, but it was perfect!
Q. And I really loved the subtle gay story line between your backup dancer and the cinema worker. Was that intentional?
A. It was. I just wanted to represent my friendship circle. I always have gay and straight friends and if I have a party, it’s everyone. That’s always been the case and it felt more natural to me.
Q. I love that visibility because it’s not seen much in music unless it’s specifically LGBT themed…
A. I feel like you see it everywhere in the music industry – there’s so many great stylists and creative directors who are just so talented. I have become really great friends with a lot of them and it’s just a representation of what my real friendship group looks like.
Q. I see that you’re a big fan of Janet Jackson. Will you be seeing her at R&B Fridays?
A. Yes, for sure. I’m going to try and get backstage tickets and stalk her. I might be escorted out…
Q. In 2011 you collaborated with Pitbull on your debut single ‘We Run The Night’. It went triple platinum in Australia and sold a million in the US. What memories do you have when you think of that song?
A. I remember the first time I performed it at a Chris Brown tour and people instantly connected to the song. It was very special. I remember before the release feeling like maybe the Dutch house influence was a bit dated as I was DJing and living in the clubs but it wasn’t really on radio yet.
I remember radio being hesitant to play it because it had a drop in it and they wanted me to cut it out and I’m like “no, that is the song – you cannot cut it out!”. I was very lucky that people responded so well to the track that they just had to play in the end.
Q. Of course! Initially you were known as a DJ and since then you’ve had so many hits; ‘Get It’, ‘Warrior’, ‘Big Banana’, ‘Battle Cry’… my personal favourite is ‘You’ll Be Mine’. What would you say is your favourite?
A. It’s really hard because I’m working on a new album. I really like the songs that are not singles. For instance, on the last album there’s a track called ‘Anyone’ which just had a really good vibe. I feel like it’d be the type of song playing at an open air bar in Ibiza.
Q. I’m totally going to listen to that now! You have shows coming up around the country – what can fans expect from the set?
A. Lots of fun, party and energy. My main objective is to make them dance and forget any problems that they may have. Let them know they’re in a safe place.
Q. You were on the second season of ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here’ in 2016. which featured Brendan Fevola, Shane Warne and Anthony Callea. Do you keep in contact with any of the cast on the season?
A. Yes, I do all the time. In fact, I’m going to play poker at Shane’s house on Monday night. We’re good friends. We all live very close together – I bump into him on the street all the time…
Q. What else is next for you? What can fans expect from Havana Brown?
A. More music! More music, different sounds and a lot of sexiness! Hehe.
Q. Thanks so much for your time, and I’ll see you at the ARIAs.
A. Thank you.
Havana Brown’s latest single ‘All Day’ is available digitally now.