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.
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.