Heather Brave – Like a Wave
By: Jamie Steinberg
Q) How would you describe your sound?
A) I think my sound is vibe and bold. It is big and poppy, but also fresh and intimate.
Q) Who are some of your musical influences?
A) When I was young, my sister and I would dance in our basement and flip our hair up and down like we were Britney Spears. When I started middle school, I discovered different music out of the realm of pop that I knew. I studied Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson and Vampire Weekend. I was so curious about how they made their music so easy for me to feel connected to, but at the same time really smart and completely their own. So, bringing the pop vibe and the clever mentalities together has been my path.
Q) What do you think it is about your song “Like a Wave” that fans connect to?
A) I think in a way, “Like a Wave” feels anthemic. I was in this relationship that got intense fast and the song says don’t hesitate or be afraid of the good that could happen. That makes me feel powerful when I sing it and I hope that’s the sensation people get when they listen to it. When the chorus hits, it’s like a release and I think fans appreciate the cue to let go of whatever is holding them back.
Q) How does the video for the track play into the message behind it?
A) The message is all about not being afraid and just going for it. The video (coming very soon) takes you through this relationship and the slow battle for control. I sing, “you really got me good,” but the video plays with that push and pull in a fun way that felt personal to me as an artist. You’ll see…
Q) What is your song writing process? Do you need music before you can create lyrics?
A) Songwriting is really mysterious. Lyrics and melodies show up in random moments, usually when I’m clearing my head like in the bath (for real) or during a workout. These moments are when the questions or thoughts that have been gradually forming come to the surface and beg to be created. Every song has a different root. I also love just sitting on a porch in Nashville while it rains, where I’ve been doing a lot of writing the past year. Being in a different environment gives so much perspective that is so valuable.
Q) How much of hand do you have in the production of your music?
A) Everything about the song has to match the story and I have loved sculpting that imagery with my producer, Jase Blankfort. He has become like a big brother and I’ve always felt that we are on the same wavelength. The understanding and communication that we have has been great.
Q) What can fans expect from a live Heather Brave performance?
A) Oh, there’s no holding back for me on stage. I’m basically singing my diary…Just imagine that the diary is a journey of explosive, loud, honest and celebratory. My life comes through and my band is the best! The energy takes over.
Q) Can we expect an EP or album in the near future?
A) Yes! So much more is coming. I have been writing and recording wholeheartedly and it’s important to me that I release these songs together completely because they have a common thread. Together, they are a stamp of who I am and where I am right now. “Like a Wave” is just a taste…
Q) Where are some of your favorite places to perform and what makes those locations so significant to you?
A) I really loved performing at Hotel Cafe in LA. There’s a spark in the room. It’s organic and you can really share the experience with the audience which is so crucial. I’d love to travel to new places though and see how people from different cities make my stories their own.
Q) Who would you most like to collaborate with on a song in the future?
A) I have been really into Clean Bandit recently. I love their song “Symphony” and think that they put some legit joy into music that is extremely infectious. I’d love to work with them. Also, the singer Wrabel is so heartfelt which I respect and I would love to dive into lyrics with him.
Q) What album/band are you currently listening to and why do you dig them?
A) I love Bryce Vine. His music is so matter of fact in a cool truthful way. He finds what is funny, painful and amazing in reality and writes really satisfying lyrics.
Q) You are a part of social media. Why is that such an important way for you to connect with your fans?
A) I’ve been posting little snapshots of my porch moments in Nashville and when we first started recording for months now. It really shows that what we’ve created does not just happen overnight. It has been a process and it takes trust, focus and my favorite: patience. I’m thankful for an outlet that lets fans see it from the beginning and watch it grow.
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan and supporter of you and your work?
A) Wow, I love you. Thank you for coming with me. There is so much more on the way. Let’s go show the world what we’re made of! [smile]
Watch The Video for “Like A Wave”