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Queens of Electronic Music 001: HVDES

I am incredibly excited to introduce to you all a new segment on Trapstyle. Each month, we will be interviewing some of the most talented, pure of heart, and intelligent ladies in the business. Vocalists, artists, producers, DJ’s, managers, you name it! We will treat you all to stories and answers from incredible beautiful women, with hope that you will be enlightened by their words of wisdom, their wonderful outlooks on music, art and life, and awed by the power they all hold within themselves to make their dreams come true. You will have insight on all of the queens of the electronic music industry. To begin this beautiful new lifestyle and music piece, I had the honor of being able to chat with HVDES, a gorgeous bad ass hailing from the heart of electronic life, Los Angeles California.
When did you ultimately decide that making and sharing your music was the career path you wanted to pursue? How was HVDES born?
I used to want to be a visual artist. I grew up painting and drawing. I had a portfolio all ready to send to colleges and I actually got into quite a few reputable schools. But it just wasn’t right. I was good at it, but I wasn’t necessarily passionate about it. So I ended up moving back to L.A. when high school ended, and after being away in a treatment program for a year or so. That’s when I started producing music. I met a friend who told me about an L.A. recording school and I enrolled. I had studied classical piano for like 12 or 13 years, so when I discovered I could apply my musical knowledge to something like production, I was all about it. Nothing else makes me feel the way music does. And I think that’s special.

So I ran with it. I got an Associate’s Degree in Music Production there, but I still wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do musically. From there, I went to Icon Collective and actually just graduated a few weeks ago. It was an amazing experience that helped me to grow immensely as an artist and a producer. That being said, my style has always been more on the dark side of things…even from childhood, in any aspect of my art. Whether it was visual or musical. So naturally, when I came up with the idea for HVDES, it worked. All the branding just really goes well with who I am as a person and my outlook on life, as well as the dark and sinister sound of my music. Hades is the state in which all the dead exist. A descent to Hades may simply refer to someone’s death and disembodied existence.


Who are three incredibly inspiring people you think of and look up to while making your music?

I would say that my three biggest inspirations right now are Noisia, Koan Sound, Space Jesus. They’re just super innovative when it comes to their sound design and the way that they mix and process their sounds.

How does it feel to be a woman in this music industry? Do you have any pieces of advice to share with other women and girls looking to follow their dreams?

I feel like being a female does definitely give you an advantage in the sense that it’s different and unique…but that being said, at least in my own personal opinion, I don’t think female producers should USE the fact that they’re a female to carry them. I think any female in this industry should make it a point to be strong and hold their own, because that’s the only way for us to break the stereotype and set a precedent for future female artists wanting to succeed in the world of electronic music production. It’s about the music, ain’t shit else. Longevity in my career is the most important thing (for me) to retain and you can’t really do that by just being a face. As for what advice I can give..all I can say is either do it 100% or don’t do it at all.

How empowered do you feel that you are able to create such amazing works of art as a human being?

Let’s just say that If I didn’t have my art, I’d be dead. It’s the only thing that keeps me alive, motivated and (somewhat) sane. I don’t exactly know how that makes me feel but hey, it is what it is.

Tell us about your upcoming releases. What can we expect to hear from each song you have created?

I do have one single coming out soon that I’m really proud of…I can’t really say much more than that, but I’ve been working fucking hard and there is a ton of shit on the way.

What are a couple of practices you follow in order to create your music and your artwork? How do you stay focused on what you’re creating?

I just spend a lot of time alone, being emotional…then I go and make music about it. It’s like a natural flow. Staying focused is another story though. I take a lot of breaks, which helps to keep me motivated. Also changing scenery is a big one. I’ll produce for a few hours in the studio, then move outside…or go home and work there…vice versa. Switching it up helps keep my mind fresh.

This is always a fun bonus question I ask every artist: what is your favorite dessert? 🙂

Honestly I’m not a huge dessert person, but I do like ice cream. Mint chocolate chip to be specific.

With a fierce and fiery glow about her, HVDES has come out of the wood work to show us all that extreme passion can be found in all forms. This eclectic, smart, and passionate artist is only at a beginning of her journey in my eyes. Many things in this world can challenge us to push ourselves in ways we cannot fathom. Life breaks us down and molds us into who we are. HVDES can show us all that death is not something to be feared. Death in fact is only a new dawn for rebirth of creativity, hard work, and dedication. Her music and art will go down in history. We will be covering her next releases, so be sure to keep your eyes out and ears open for her new tracks. You can follow HVDES at the social links below. This is just one of many queens of electronic music.

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