We are all about introducing new talent to the world here at Lemonade Magazine and so we are especially excited to bring to you yet another young artist on the verge of something big. 18 year-old Heather Braverman is no stranger to the entertainment world despite her young age. Whether it be on stage, on screen or now in your earbuds, Braverman has done it all and she’s just getting started.
Her debut EP, Diamonds in the Dirt debuts today and it just so happens that we got to chat a little with her recently to give you the inside scoop on your new favorite artist.
You have done a little bit of everything in the entertainment industry including several TV roles, on stage and of course you’re a musician. How do all of these mediums support each other?
Everything is about telling a story obviously, so that is the common thread. That’s what all kinds of art is about at the core. And it’s so open-ended because you decide what you want to say which makes it really fun and exciting for me. Also you have to be so willing to be vulnerable and let it speak for itself without being self-conscious or self-aware. That’s what draws people to it, the honesty and the rawness of if. I try to bring that into any story I tell 100%, especially my own through my music.
You’re a multi-instrumentalist from what I hear. Which instruments do you play and which one do you always go back to when you just want to play to relax?
I love guitar and ukulele, they go hand in hand. But guitar is totally at my roots. I started writing songs when I got a purple guitar in middle school. The first song I learned was “Hey Jude.” It feels so good to sing and play together,
and there are just so many different moods and levels you can hit. There was a time I only played electric. It felt so powerful and sleek.
Today is actually the debut of your EP, Diamonds in the Dirt. First of all…congratulations! We are very honored to be a part of the debut, tell us a bit about the making of this EP.
Ahhh! Muchas gracias. This EP feels like every part of me. It’s a complete journey, and every song and lyric touches on my moments living in LA. Every song is very specific. I feel like when you listen to it you just nod knowingly because you can so easily get what I’m talking about, it just clicks. And it feels good to sing. It’s empowering in a way that you just feel cool when you’re belting it. That’s the best feeling. I worked with a lot of different people on it. I love being collaborative because whoever I’m working with will take you in directions you didn’t know existed. It’s mind-blowing. Like boom. I’m so excited for people to hear it and vibe to it…
Your sound definitely has a hip-hop influence. Does that pose an extra challenge when writing songs?
The thing about hip-hop is it feels good, it will take you exactly where you want to go. So when writing, once I thought of the idea for the song it would just bloom from there. If anything makes it challenging, it’s that there are so many possibilities and you just have to catch one in a net and run with it.
Who out there inspires you the most as an artist right now?
I always loved Lily Allen. She has been one of my biggest inspirations because she will say anything. I’m all for no filter. I love when people are brutally honest in a smart way. Right now I’m also loving Sia because she makes her own rules and DNCE because they are funky and let’s be real, Joe Jonas’s ever-changing hair color. I love how people are merging genres and influences recently. I’m such a melting pot and I love to see how other people use different ingredients to make something really special.
Now that Diamonds in the Dirt has been released, what’s next on your schedule for 2016?
This year is going to be fun and there are going to be a lot of new adventures. I’m putting together some shows in California right now. Taking these songs live is going to pump it with a whole new energy. I’m really excited about that. I’m also going to do a music video which will be a party because I’ll get to incorporate my love for film making. New ways to tell stories…I’m always down.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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