I recently had the chance to catch up with up and coming LA-based experimental trap and house music producer HVDES. HVDES is quickly gaining recognition as one of the best up and coming female producers in the game. Read this interview to find out more about this talented young producer.
What has the response been like since releasing your first new track in over a year?
It made me nervous to say the least. You know, when there’s something you love and have worked on and crafted with time, dedication, and hard work, it’s an expression of the self so it made me really nervous to finally put something out. Thankfully there’s been a massive amount of love and support on it so far!
You recently finished studying music production at ICON. What was that experience like? How has that experience helped propel your career?
Icon was an amazing and humbling experience. I got to work with so many talented producers, artists, and professionals in the industry. My experience there really helped me find who I am as an artist in the most effective way possible.
Rumor has it you discovered music production when you were in a rehabilitation center. Can you please tell us more about this?
Yeah. I was in two different programs over a period of about a year or so. The programs were in Utah, and I’m from LA. I kind of grew up and spent most of my teenage years in the LA backyard punk scene so I literally never listened to anything else besides punk rock. I listened to a lot of different punk bands, but I really didn’t know or listen to anything outside of that. It’s kind of ironic that I always thought EDM wasn’t “real music ” growing up and then I became a dance music producer. Hahaha. But I feel like my experience in rehab helped me open my eyes to a lot of different kinds of music as well as the options and avenues I could take in the industry. For the first time in years I was surrounded by people that weren’t a part of “the scene ” and they were from all over … kids from overseas and all over America … so my mind finally just kind of opened when I realized I didn’t have to confine myself to the laws of a subculture because ultimately I didn’t give a fuck about the bullet belts or the patched up pants … The music spoke to me. And when I was able to derive that same feeling and meaning from other kinds of music, it was completely eye opening and new for me.
Who are your greatest musical influences?
Some of my influences are Boys Noize, Justice, Datsik, Brand New, Lil Peep, and Marilyn Manson. A lot of my musical influence stems from punk rock and hip-hop as well . Artists and groups like NWA, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Kendrick, Three 6 Mafia, The Virus, Leftover Crack, Choking Victim, Crass, Black Flag, and Funeral Dress… I could literally go on forever.
What are your five favorite music releases of 2017?
Science Fiction by Brand New is probably my favorite album of this year … it speaks to me on such a deep level and it is so well written, composed , and arranged. The lyrics are beautiful and super inspiring because they speak to me so personally. Brand New is just one of my all time favorite bands and this album showed a different side of them that I really loved. I can’t wait for what they have coming.
Culture by Migos was another one of my favorite albums this year. There are so many amazing features on there and the production is incredible, the songs are fire, and it’s just a fucking great album.
Come Over When You’re Sober Part 1 by Lil Peep produced by smokeasac is a fucking incredible album that I listen to almost every day. It’s inspiring on more levels than I can express in words and his music just means so much to me. The album is beautifully written and arranged and just absolutely incredible. That being said, rest easy Peep.
The Big Sean and Metro Boomin album that just dropped called Double or Nothing is fucking hard too. He’s got features by Travis Scott (who is also one of my favorite hip-hop artists) and 21 Savage who’s another one of my favorites right now.
My final favorite of the year was Marilyn Manson’s Heaven Upside Down. It’s fucking hard … new … groundbreaking .. and just so well done. He’s always one step ahead. I love so much him for it.
How would you describe your sound?
Dark. Loud. Aggressive. Real. And unapologetic.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Some really interesting shit. I’ve been working extremely hard for a long time and I’m really excited to share this vision in its fullest and most vulnerable state with you all.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share with your fans?
The love and support I’ve received so far has been insane and just makes me so excited for what the future holds. You guys hold me down in the truest way. this shit is the reason I breathe. So thank you. Thank you for your energy. Thank you for your support. It means more than I can put into words. And trust me… this is only the beginning.
– By Sylvie Barnett
— Check out HVDES at: https://www.facebook.com/hvdesmusic