ROCK AND RACE
HAVANA BROWN BRINGS THE PARTY TO GOLD COAST 600
FOR Havana Brown, dancing is a moment in time when the world freezes around you. The DJ, dancer and singer believes it’s a chance to lose yourself in the moment and forget about personal troubles.
The queen of the dancefloor says when your body is at one with the music it’s intoxicating.
‘‘We all have so many stresses in life,’’ she says. ‘‘In that moment, when you are dancing everything else is forgotten. There is no tension . . . you can do whatever you like. That’s why it’s so exhilarating.’’
Havana sang and danced her way through her teen years and first dabbled with DJ decks after high school.
She felt she peaked in her DJ career: ‘‘I had the best gigs, shows and supports (for the likes of Britney, Gaga and Rihanna)’’, then aspired for bigger and better things.
Havana’s first single featuring her vocals, We Run the Night, reached No. 5 on the ARIA charts in 2011.
A love for performing saw Havana steer her career towards singing.
‘‘My heart lies in performing,’’ she says. ‘‘That’s what I live for.
‘‘The energy of the crowd is the most exhilarating thing to me.’’
Havana released her debut album Flashing Lights this month.
‘‘I don’t want you to be able to sit down when you listen to it,’’ she says.
‘‘ Flashing Lights relates to all the bright lights of a club. The energy and the dancing.’’
Havana says Flashing Lights is ‘‘a big step up’’ from her 2012 EP When the Lights Go Out. On her most recent release, the chanteuse collaborated with super-producers RedOne, Afrojack, R3hab, Cave Kids, Carl Ryden and Rodney ‘‘Darkchild’’ Jerkins to embellish the dancefloor anthems.
‘‘I spend a lot of time in the States, there’s an abundance of creative people over there,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s a great place to be; it’s very inspiring.
‘‘I will always come back to Australia though, it will always be home.’’
Havana was ‘‘very hands on’’ while working on Flashing Lights, co-writing and co-producing most of the tracks.
‘‘My standards are very high and I don’t do anything if I am not happy with it,’’ she says.
Based between Sydney and Los Angeles, the trend-hunter knows what’s hot in the music world.
She predicts hip hop-soaked dance music and electronic trap sets will take over the airwaves next year.
‘‘When you are a DJ in the scene, you hear music before it hits the radio – you hear a sound and it takes a year for it to become massive,’’ she says.
‘‘I am always involved with music and DJing is the best instrument for me. I can understand what the crowd is feeling and what the audience wants.’’
Havana is on the entertainment bill for Gold Coast 600 .
‘‘I will be performing and DJing,’’ she says. ‘‘I sing songs in the set. There will be lots of energy. I hope everyone’s ready to dance.’’
Havana Brown plays the Gold Coast 600 Sand Jam at Surfers Paradise Beach tomorrow. Full program this page.