Havana Brown toured as a DJ with Rihanna, the Pussycat Dolls, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears before making her debut as the lead artist on “We Run the Night,” featuring Pitbull. This track led the wave of electronically inspired pop songs to make it to the radio in 2011. Brown continues to release singles in her home country of Australia as well as in the U.S., and makes frequent tour stops in Las Vegas at venues such as Tao and Marquee, where you can catch her at Marquee Dayclub on September 28.
We know that you’re a DJ and a singer, but do you also produce your own music, or do you collaborate with other artists for the production aspect?
I produce as well, but I really enjoy working with other people and getting inspired by other producers [and] writers. In the studio, I’m very hands-on, but I like to work with all different people. Most of the tracks that I’ve released, I have been very heavily involved with the writing as well.
Of the three, do you tend to gravitate more toward DJing, singing or production?
They all go hand in hand. Obviously, I DJ a lot—I’m out every weekend DJing—but during the week I’m working on music, whether it be at home or in the studio. There’s always something to do. You can always be creative. There’s never really a time off for me—I’m constantly on.
What keeps you coming back to Las Vegas?
It’s one of my favorite cities. As soon as you arrive at your hotel, the vibe is just electric. I feel like everyone is there to party. No one is there going, “Aw, I’m on a business trip.” They’re there to have fun and let loose, and it almost feels like you could be as crazy as you want and no one is going to judge you. I think everyone knows that, so everyone lets loose. When you’re playing to a crowd that’s all about just having fun, it’s the best feeling. You can feel that energy.
You also did a bit of acting back in the day. Do you ever think about getting into that again or into any other entertainment-based work?
Absolutely, yeah. I love changing things up. That’s why I like to produce and I like to write. I like getting to record or perform or DJ. When it comes to acting: Definitely, I’d like to do it more. But is it something I’m going to do a complete career change for? Definitely not. As a hobby, I love being onstage. I just like to perform, that’s what it is.
Who are your favorite artists to see live?
It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to a concert. I wanted to go to the Jay-Z and Beyoncé concert. Beyoncé is probably the best live performer that I’ve ever seen. She’s incredible. She’s so engaging. She’s got so much movement and choreography, and [she’s] so entertaining. You watch her and it’s like, “How are you so perfect? How are you doing this?” When you see her in real life, not just on TV, you really realize how great of a performer she is.
From where do you pull inspiration for the costumes you wear in your music videos?
[In videos] you can wear outfits that you dream of wearing but you couldn’t wear down the street. I’m inspired by all sorts of things. When I see catwalk fashion shows, I’m very inspired. I appreciate very structured outfits: very bold, structured straight lines, very Balmain. I adore Balmain. It’s sexy and masculine at the same time. I’m lucky enough to be an artist who can explore that and have fun with it.