HEAVNSNT “Dark Twist on Dance”

Producer and artist, HEAVNSNT is a Tampa native, making the music he and his friends prefer to hear on a Friday night in Ybor.

HEAVNSNT’s musical journey began in 2014 when he was just a freshman in high school. He turned to music production as a form of therapy, creating beats that reflected his personal experiences and served as a means of self-expression. Through his music, he aimed to translate his emotions into sounds that would resonate with others who instinctively connected with his art. “I want people who find my music to relate in whichever way they feel called to,” he says.

Influenced by artists like The Weekend, HEAVNSNT strives to bring a darker twist to the genre, creating music that resonates with his own emotions and reaches out to listeners on a deep level.

HEAVNSNT’s creative process has evolved over time. With each project, he focuses on a specific theme, aiming for a unique experience with every release. He constantly experiments with different sound techniques, allowing his creativity to flow freely. His dedication to pushing boundaries and exploring new sonic territories is evident in his shifting sound, noticeable from his first project, “Between,” released in 2019, to his latest work.

What initially sparked your interest in music production? How did that passion evolve into creating the music you wanted to listen to personally?
I was really into music growing up, listening to a variety of artists. I thought people making music were so cool so I wanted to have my shot at it, so I downloaded a pirated version of FL Studio and that’s how I got started. I like listening to things that sound different/experimental/weird, that’s how I got my sound.
You mentioned finding inspiration in films and describing your songs as “little movies.” Can you elaborate on how watching films influences your creative process and how you translate those cinematic elements into your music?
I LOVE watching films and I think it’s the coolest thing that people are capturing these feelings and stories through a camera lens. A good film will inspire you and make you feel all the emotions the director/writer is trying to tell. Since personally, I don’t know how to direct, record, or any of that, I try to just do that through music. Sometimes you think about certain scenes and the dialogue the characters were saying or the music score playing during a part you love. I think of my songs as little movies because in my head, I just try to imagine them being used during scenes. I try to make them sound as cinematic as I can. I try to structure them with a beginning, middle, and end. I always try to make the second half-end of the song as climactic as possible, usually the middle of the film is a pivotal moment in the plot. I just love looking at a well-shot film, so sometimes I just have them on in the background as I work on a track, it’s a vibe.
What role does experimentation play in creating music? Do you actively seek out new sounds and styles, or does it happen more organically as you work on your music?
I do sometimes seek out new sounds to get inspired by. Sometimes you hear a cool song and think “that sounds dope, I want to try something like that”, but with your own twist on it. I think listening to a lot of music is important; that’s how you learn. Sometimes things are organic and I just start doing a bunch of weird shit cause it SOUNDS COOL TO ME.
The best advice you received was to keep going and be patient. What advice would you give to aspiring music producers who are just starting their journey? What do you think sets successful producers apart from the rest?
The best advice I can give someone is to be patient and to be themselves. I want everyone to have their own style. Obviously, we all have influences and that’s okay, that’s how it’s always gonna be. I would say learn from what influences you and then find yourself through that. I love and respect originality. A lot of up-and-coming producers I hear coming out these days are falling into the same style of sound, kinda basic middle-of-the-road beats. I’m not saying I’m a good example or the greatest. I just think everyone should have their own production style. You want people to COME TO YOU, FOR YOU. I don’t want someone asking a producer for a “type beat”. I think it’s disrespectful as hell to ask someone for a “type beat”, you feel me? I think a lot of producers are setting themselves up for this because they haven’t found themselves yet. Everyone wanted a Timbaland beat back in the day, a Pharell beat, a Ye beat, etc.. Everyone loved their unique style of production so everyone wanted to get on one. We need to bring that back. All this to say, I want producers to find their own style. Instrumentals aren’t just a product to be pumping out cause people keep asking for a “playboi carti type beat” or “lil baby type beat”.
As your own biggest critic, how do you overcome self-doubt and push through creative obstacles? Are there any specific techniques or strategies that help you regain focus and stay motivated?
I overcome these obstacles at this point cause honestly if my friends think it’s cool or if I think it’s cool, I’ll release it. Nothing else really matters anymore. It’s for me and my friends and whoever else finds it cool.
How does the energy and atmosphere of clubs and late-night experiences influence your music, and what techniques do you use to capture those moments in your sound?
The energy of nightclubs and nightlife inspires the side of me that wants to make music for the clubs. I have some songs that I made specifically to move and dance to. I love seeing people dance and have a good time on the dance floor. But there’s another side to nightlife than just dancing, right? By this, I mean those late night drives through the city, late-night walks, those calm moments. Maybe you are going through something and at night is when a lot of feelings come to life. A lot of my music is atmospheric, there’s a dark vibe to them, sometimes sad maybe, slow. Maybe you are just outside smoking and chilling. When I was a kid, I remember going through the radio late at night and hearing all these songs that sounded so strange and weird.. that’s kinda what I wanted to make.
Learning all aspects of music production on your own, you take pride in your songs and projects. Could you share any specific achievements or moments in your musical journey that you’re particularly proud of?
I’m kinda just proud of it all tbh. I like my aesthetics and my projects. They all sound different from one another.
As an artist who values originality, how do you make sure that your music stands out in a saturated industry? What steps do you take to maintain your authenticity and push boundaries with your sound?
I’m trying to make my music stand out by just making it all sound different and unique. Even though it’s harder to gain a wider audience like that, I rather just be me. Like I said before, if my friends like it, I’m doing good.

"I’m really just inspired by my own intuition and emotions. I want my music to make people feel something. Even without lyrics or words, I think my songs are still relaying a certain emotion. Like body language."

"For every project I focus on a certain theme. I don't have a consistent creative process because I want every project I work on to be unique."

For aspiring artists looking to enter the dance music genre, HEAVNSNT’s advice is simple: keep the momentum going and utilize hard-hitting drums. He acknowledges that he is still learning and experimenting himself, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a consistent creative drive.

HEAVNSNT’s musical journey has been fueled by his emotions and the desire to create music that resonates with his audience. From his early days as a high school freshman to his most recent projects, he has consistently evolved, experimenting with different sounds and techniques. With each release, he aims to convey a specific theme and offer a unique experience. As he continues to create and explore new sonic territories, HEAVNSNT’s artistry is sure to captivate audiences and leave a lasting impact on the EDM dance music scene.

written by jayda crawford & adriahnna curry

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