No pain, no gain

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - JONATHON MO­RAN

BEAUTY is pain, as Ha­vana Brown dis­cov­ered on the set of her lat­est video clip.

The Mel­bourne DJ-turned-singer ( pic­tured) filmed the video for her sec­ond sin­gle, Get It, in down­town Los An­ge­les re­cently – and it hurt, a lot.

‘‘ I love mak­ing video clips but I am so sore to­day,’’ she says.

‘‘ I have gashes all up my arm. I was wear­ing this metal bra and ev­ery time I’d move around, I’d cut my­self on the arm. ‘‘ It’s like mini pa­per cuts all over my arm. It’s painful but ev­ery­one tells me beauty is pain.’’

Ha­vana Brown – real name An­gelique Me­u­nier – could be Aus­tralia’s next big in­ter­na­tional suc­cess story.

The beau­ti­ful blonde singer has signed with Uni­ver­sal Repub­lic Records in the US and will re­lease her pre­vi­ous and first sin­gle, We Run the Night, over there.

Here, she’s signed to Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic Aus­tralia and is one of our most ex­cit­ing new pop stars, hav­ing started as a DJ tour­ing with the likes of Britney Spears, The Pussy­cat Dolls, Ri­hanna and En­rique Igle­sias.

In­stead of rush­ing out with re­lease af­ter re­lease, Brown’s plan has been to cre­ate a strong sup­port base and then roll out her mu­sic. We Run the Night peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA sin­gles chart in May and was a huge hit on com­mer­cial ra­dio.

In­creas­ingly, artists are un­der pres­sure to re­lease more at shorter in­ter­vals.

‘‘ There were times where I wanted to rush things and I was re­ally im­pa­tient but, look­ing back, I am re­ally happy that I took the time to just set my feet in the ground and work,’’ Brown says.

‘‘ I took cer­tain steps and ev­ery one of those steps was ex­tremely im­por­tant, so I do think that slow and steady wins the race.

‘‘ I wanted to do every­thing prop­erly. I am very par­tic­u­lar about things and I want it done prop­erly, so I don’t have any re­grets.’’

Hav­ing now set up home in Bev­erly Hills, LA, the 26-year-old is work­ing to­wards the re­lease of her de­but al­bum – although a re­lease date is yet to be sched­uled.

‘‘ It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing,’’ she says. ‘‘ I want to do a dou­ble disc, so a com­pletely club disc and one that is a bit more com­mer­cial club pop.

‘‘ I’m re­ally putting a bit of pres­sure on my­self, but I think we can def­i­nitely pull it off.

‘‘ I’m in heaven right now. I’m aching and in pain but it’s worth it.’’

The clip for Get It was shot un­der­ground in the same lo­ca­tion used for movies in­clud­ing

Saw and Fight Club. ‘‘ It was re­ally scary,’’ Brown says. ‘‘ They’ve got this room that used to be used for meat pack­ing, it’s gross, and there are jail cells down there. It was ex­actly what we wanted to do for the video clip, to give that sense of a dirty, grimy, hot and sweaty party.’’

Get It is a ‘‘ feel-good party song’’ sug­gest­ing it could be a Las Ve­gas theme song. Like her first sin­gle, the track was writ­ten by the creative team More Mega – aka Snob Scrilla and Cassie Davis, both artists in their own right.

‘‘ Life is short, so live it large,’’ Brown says. ‘‘ It’s about go­ing out there and hav­ing a good time.’’

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