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Interview With Rapper and Producer Ethan Havis

Interview With Rapper and Producer Ethan Havis


Ethan Havis is a creative rapper and producer living in Texas. From Southington, Connecticut originally, he remains determined and genuine with his endeavors. Ethan Havis has maintained all his commitment to excellence and the motivations of those around him. Ethan Havis discusses his future plans and the driving forces behind his perseverance. 

“I’m working on too many things. I couldn’t even tell you what my main project is, only which one(s) I’m currently fixated on. Before anything else I’m re-recording and re-releasing refined and remixed versions of songs I’ve previously put out (semi-intentional tongue twister). On top of that there’s a few small projects I’ve been sitting on that I intend to check off my list this year before really honing in on my many grander conceptual works. It’s only right I build my repertoire by letting them see the light of day.”

Known as creative, sporadic and inspiring, Ethan Havis is now focusing on keeping up his motivating grind so that he may expand upon his present success and continue to serve as an inspiration to others. He offers guidance about some important aspects of his grind and his inspiration. 

“Putting myself out there to network and perform. Living in ‘the Heart of Texas’ as we call it here in Waco has its pros and cons: the scene here is relatively small which allows mostly everyone to know mostly everyone. On the one hand it’s awesome to get thrown right into the mix, but that limits reachability on the other. We’re also located right in between Dallas and Austin, making it relatively easy to venture out in either direction. Driving there and back, however, takes up at least three hours of your day and a decent chunk out of your gas tank. But I digress, as any job is a job and I’ve been making the most of my connections both close and far. Witnessing the capabilities of others is truly awe-inspiring, seeing where their influences lie and how they’re making a name for themselves only makes me want to expand upon my own; whether that be independently or in the collaboration. There’s also no better feeling than reciprocation of that same energy, knowing your efforts have an impact on those who give you the time of day really drives home (pun intended, see above) the purpose of it all. As someone who’s never been fond of athletics, I’ve found the love of the sport in entertainment. No teams, no rules, no winning or losing; just a community of players.” Ethan Havis constantly retains his focus on the end result, which he is aware is crucial if he wants to succeed. Ethan Havis has made the correct decision and remains steadfast.

What piece of advice do you want others to take back from the work you display?

That anything is possible as long as you apply and stay true to yourself. While you can’t expect to start out at your best or most original, you actively chip away at the stone of your truest form with each and every endeavor you take on. Success is not linear, but it does snowball as no one or thing can take away what’s already been accomplished. All you have to do is begin.

As a business owner, what are some obstacles you have had to overcome to get where you are at?

Letting go of idealization. Whether that be a creative concept or relation to someone in life, not everything is all it’s cracked up to be. “The bigger picture” only has room for so much, and more than you realize has to be weighed by its value. As time moves forward, one has to find out what all has their back, is behind their back, and is on their back. These combined factors have pushed me to places I have and haven’t wanted to go, for better or worse. It’s mortifying in concept, but ultimately creates new and better experiences necessary to independent artistry.

What do you have coming up right now that you want others to know about?

You’d think I would use this space to talk about the smaller projects I mentioned earlier on, but I’m not; I’d much rather speak on my first big conceptual work. I’m currently writing and structuring a double-album, one called lovely and the other called lonely. I’ll let the titles speak for themselves in terms of subject matter, but the idea is to tackle the “I” versus “me” conflict: who I really am as opposed to who I perceive myself/want to be. In one aspect they’re total opposites, and in another they’re parallels. The product is Ethan Havis, simultaneously the easiest and hardest thing that I can comprehend. It’s been quite the challenge taking on this project and is far from finished, in a metaphorical (and physical) sense I worry that it may not ever be, but my introspection expands with every brushstroke to the canvas.

The diverse creative, Ethan Havis , explains more on the struggles he has overcome to be where he is at. Ethan Havis keeps going because he knows that his hardships have made him stronger. “By using those struggles as fuel to my fire. Cliché, I know, but it’s integral to the creative process. I can get on a mic and talk mess all day long, but there’s no figurative mess without literal mess. My lyrics serve as a journal to my internal conflicts, and I use production (be it mine or from others) as mood-conveyors to them. Without any sort of conceptualization, my battles only fester inside of me. In this process I’ve grown to not be ashamed or regretful of any aspect of my past, every moment has served as validation to who I am now and who I’m going to be. Again, cliché, I know; but that’s just the beauty of humanity.” 

Motive is not an issue for Ethan Havis. Ethan Havis's family, friends, support, and even his fellow artist associates help inspire and drive him on a daily basis. During the ups, downs, and everything in between. He explains that his mother has been one of the most influential people in his life. “As a fellow creative and the only parent to raise me, I have her to thank for a lot of what’s made me who I am today. I had a really hard time telling her about my music aspirations, believe it or not, in fear of her not liking what I have to say or how I say it. When I first started writing raps in seventh grade, I wore my influences on my sleeve and talked about rather mature topics without knowing what they really meant. My individuality was little to none at the time, so artist-to-artist I’ve grown to understand the disapproval I was met with as a child. But since revisiting the art form with myself first and foremost, she’s now my biggest supporter; always wanting to know what I’m working on and where I’m going to perform next. I’d quite literally be nothing without her, so if you’re reading this (I know you are), I love you, Ma.”

Ethan Havis born and raised in Southington, Connecticut before moving to Waco, Texas when he was fifteen and has resided there ever since. Being in Waco over a decade, he plans on expanding to the Austin, Texas area soon.

Press release published by Public Relations Agency, #Focuseddd.



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