No pain, no gain
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.’’