Hvley J - 10 Questions Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I start writing lyrics when I was 19. They were honestly not good at all, but we all have to start somewhere. My boyfriend at the time was a music producer for alot of big names and also played piano and drums. I fell in love with music and wanted to be a part of it somehow. I knew I wasn't the best singer in the world so I kind of gave up for a while, especially after my ex told me I should just stick with art. But honestly when someone tells me I can't do something I like to prove them wrong so years later in like 2009 I put together a whole pop album, but I had no idea what I was doing. Then last year in 2020 I met Cla$ and he brought that side back out of me. I had always wanted to write hooks for R&B singers so this was the perfect opportunity. I wrote every hook on our project. He can actually really sing, so it was fun writing hooks for him, because when I'd sing them then didn't sound nearly as good haha.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The first time I ever recorded anything on a mic was in 2002 or maybe 2003 at my friend's studio in Sacramento Ca. He owns Omina Labs. E40 and sumthin Terrible were recording a song called "u Stupid" and Jay Synth my producer friend and videographer invited me to the studio because I had made a hand painted t-shirt for E40. E40 loved it and let me hangout for a while. He needed a female to say a few words on the song so he asked me to do it. I had never recorded anything so it was fun for me. I've had alot of crazy things like that happen along the way with my art and clothing as well.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Honestly my art in general has taken me some crazy places like 50 billboards in miami during a pandemic. I've met artsits like Megan thee Stallion and done art for her, Erykah Badu wore a hand painted tank top on stage at a festival that I made, I've done art for Gunna. Done big art shows in NYC, Miami, ATL, LA and Sacramento. It's been a realllyyyyy hard but amazing journey.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Hooks pop in my head at the weirdest times like in the middle of sleeping where I have to wake up and use my recording app on my phone to remember the idea. or at the grocery store.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Biggest challenge is breaking an artist. Once your in there its easy sailing, but climbing that mountain is the hardest part. My industry music friends say it is extremely hard and expensive to break an artist into the industry, that's why most of them won't give new artists a chance unless they already have a buzz. Like even people giving you a chance or taking their time to listen. Most people don't care unless it directly affects them, or they already heard your music and really like it.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Drake, Chris brown or Dani leigh. Drake because he is so talented. I love that he can sing and rap. Same with chris Brown as well, plus he's also a painter like me. I also would love to share a stage with Dani Leigh, she is not only an amazing recording artist, but can dance. I can't really dance so she could distract them from the fact I can't haha!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I'm just starting to actually do that with this new project. The only other time I did that was when I worked on a project with my x, Sunspot Jones from the living Legends. We did quite a few songs together. We performed a few songs at this strip club in 2009 I think it was called crazy girls, which is in hollywood. They let him do a mini concert there even though the place was small. We practiced at these little mini studios in hollywood a few times to get ready for performing our music together.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I can't remember one specific song, but sometimes i do get writers block and can't write anything. Especially if its someone new I'm around and feel uncomfortable. I can't write if I feel nervous. I have to be in my creative zone completely.
What's coming up in the future?
I have a lot coming up actually. in June I have an art show in Hamptons, New York. I also have a clothing convention in April in Atlanta and hopefully if my artwork is accepted, I'll be in Art Scope Art Basel in December.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
I'm on soundcloud now and will be on apple music, spotify, youtube, shazam, etc on April 8th once my two singles are released. "Work of Art" album will be on all platforms on may 1st. Below is my Soundcloud link.
About Hvley J
Haley Jane aka Hvley J is a multifaceted artist from Northern California. Haley is not only a recording artist but a painter, sculptor, designer, and writer. Haley art has been shown in big art shows across the U.S. like Art Basel's Scope international contemporary art show, Scope New York, Art shows in ATL, and Cube Art Fair on 50 billboards across Miami. Haley's clothing line Dreamworld Clothing has been featured at many clothing conventions like the Cobb convention in ATL and Magic Clothing convention in Las Vegas.
Currently, Dreamworld is in 24 stores across the U.S. and British Columbia. Check out Haley's Art and clothing. The other artist featured in the song Baecation is the amazing singer and rapper, Cla$. Cla$' vocals make his talent undeniable each time he blesses a song with his talent. He is currently working on a solo project as well. Haley Jane's album with Cla$ drops on May 1st called "Work of Art". Both Hvley J aka Haley Jane and Cla$ are not only just recording artists but also painters as well. So it was only right to do a song called "Work of Art", which is also the album name. This song is not only about love, but also about loving yourself and your body. The hook says, "your body is a work of art". Both Haley jane and Cla$ wanted to put out a project about something positive and something to promote self-love in a pandemic where people are depressed. Check out their project- "Work of Art" dropping May 1st.