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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.

Ha­vana Brown

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