I get to talk with HEAVN…
about her single, High, and what the story behind it is. She speaks with me about changing her artist name and how her music has developed since the start; the sort of sounds she is inspired by – HEAVN recommends some rising artists to look out for.
I ask her if there are any albums that inspire her and whether we can see any gigs; what she hopes to achieve before the end of this year; how she spends her time away from music – HEAVN selects a cool song to end things with.
Hi, HEAVN. How are you? How has your week been?
Hi, Sam. It’s been great! I’m just getting everything ready for my release and I’ve just shot my music video which will be coming out soon!
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
I’m a Dark-Pop/Indie singer-songwriter. Originally from Milan; I moved to London four years ago to follow my passion for music. I’ve graduated from BIMM last year and I’ve just finished my Masters in Songwriting and Production at Tileyard Studios. I used to release music under CarryLyanne, but I’ve just rebranded and changed my artist name to HEAVN.
What promoted the artist name change from CarryLyanne to HEAVN? Does it signal a new creative and personal phase?
Since I’ve started writing, I feel my style has developed in a different direction so I wanted a fresh start to release my new music under a different name. Everyone says my voice is very warm, so I thought something soft like ‘HEAVN’ would suit well.
Can you reveal the inspiration behind your new track, High? Is there a story behind it?
The track is about learning to love yourself first before you give love to someone else: “I can’t teach you how to love if you don’t love yourself”. I originally written the track inspired by My Week with Marilyn. The film follows the relationship between Marilyn Monroe and her personal assistant, Colin Clark.
It also shows Marilyn’s complex personality. She is unable to love herself and, as a result, cannot give love to Colin or anyone around her. Indeed, the intro of the song features samples from Marilyn’s interviews.
Will there be more material coming next year do you think?
Definitely. I already have some new tracks which I can’t wait to share with the world!
How do you think you have evolved and changed as an artist since your earliest days? Do you feel you are more confident and assured than before?
To be honest with you, I don’t think I will ever feel assured! The more I get to know the music industry, the more I realise it’s just a big gamble! If anything, I feel I am more confident with what I want from my music and who I want to work with.
In terms of musicians; what sort of stuff are you into? Who were you raised on?
It’s funny cause I was raised on Hard-Rock and Metal and everyone laughs when I say that! One of my all-time favourite bands will always be Aerosmith. However, I listen to everything; some of my favourite acts include Lana Del Rey, Halsey; ZAYN and Highly Suspect.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
I am starting this new musical journey with HEAVN, so I’m hoping for my brand to become established and I want to start planning gigs for the New Year and get involved in as many songwriting camps as possible.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
Yes. In June, I went to a songwriting camp in Nashville. I had the best week of my life creating music with talented musicians and producers and exploring a new city. I love working with people so, for me, it was an unforgettable experience and it really helped me to grow as an artist.
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
Christina Aguilera – Stripped
Great, raw vocals and emotions
Lana Del Rey - Paradise
It felt like something authentic and unique when I first listened to it and it had a big impact on my writing.
Aerosmith - Nine Lives
Reminds me of my youth - and Tyler is probably one of the best singers of all time!
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
Lana Del Rey!
For the rider, I would probably ask for a personal chef as well as a permission to have my hotel room filled with cats.
Can we see you tour soon? Where are you playing?
I’m performing my new music live for the first time at Two Brewery on 9th October at 6 P.M.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Be true to yourself and always respect other people in the industry.
IN THIS PHOTO: Folly Rae
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I like to read books; work out (when I’m not being lazy!) and just chill with my friends.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Pink + White - Frank Ocean (smiles)