Banana Interview with GOVAN: Inside the Artist’s Creative Sanctum

Banana Interview with GOVAN: Inside the Artist’s Creative Sanctum
10th April 2024 Elena
Banana Interview: Inside GOVAN's Creative Sanctum

In the vibrant world of GOVAN music becomes the medium for self-expression. With a passion for collaborative creation and a deep-rooted love for the craft, this indie artist illuminates the essence of the music-making process.

In this Banana Interview, we got front-row seats to GOVAN’s inspiration, collaborative magic, and future. From meditative rituals to journaling journeys, he’s opened his doors to his creative sanctuary, where every melody and lyric is crafted with intention and heart.

GOVAN: Inside the Artist’s Creative Sanctum

Custom Questions

What is your favorite part of the music-making process?

My favorite part is the collaborative nature of the music process. I loooove making music in general, but there’s something special about that moment when my producer builds and loops the beat, and we’re just in that zone vibing.

And then it’s like our creativity takes over, and that’s when the magic happens – putting pen to paper, crafting melodies, and pouring my heart into the lyrics. It’s like this rush and fire inside of me, and I live for that feeling.

🪄 Do you have any specific rituals or habits before writing music?

I need to be present to write music. Lately, I’ve started meditating a lot more before writing, and practicing mindfulness in general. Sometimes I’ll close my eyes, take a few deep breaths, and just vibe with the beat.

Other times, I’ll try to clear my mind and do a brain dump in my journal and let my thoughts spill out onto paper. But the most important habit for me is being in the moment and letting my creativity flow like water.

🎼 How do you find inspiration for your lyrics and melodies?

I like to journal a lot so I tend to look back on my thoughts and feelings so I can really infuse them into the music authentically. Sometimes they’re deep, sometimes they’re silly, sometimes they’re slick and fly, and sometimes they’re just random but it’s all me so I like to let that get the gears turning a bit when it comes to inspiration. I really love to let music I listen to inspire me.

I have so many musical inspirations so I like to channel their energy into my songs depending on the type of vibe I’m going for. When it comes to melodies, I like to just let my heart and soul kind of take the lead on that, but I’ll hum, or sing, or do some melody passes and see what sticks.

⭐If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?

There are literally SO many. First, I would have loved to collaborate with the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. I mean her pen, her lyrical fluidity, the BARS. Man… I would’ve loved to have sung a hook for her and just let her rip the verses apart. I like to rap too so I feel like it would’ve been fun to go back and forth with her on something. God rest her soul. Also, justice for her verse on “No Scrubs” because it is almost NOWHERE to be found and it’s everything.

Some of the living artists I would be honored to collaborate with would be Kehlani, Charlie Puth, Omar Apollo, Renee Rapp, Doja Cat, and so many more. It’ll happen and I’m manifesting it so hard. I’ve already got an idea for a Doja collab and it’s gonna be a Billboard #1 hit. Mark my words.

Now Choose

🐧 If you were a type of [Spotify playlist] you’d be…

A daylist, maybe call it “smooth, simp-y, and sexy Friday night.”

❤️‍🔥 What’s your favourite [alcoholic drink]? Short answer.

Wine (and you could literally catch me drinking wine at the club too).

Spicy Round

🥵Choose one question…

What is your first celebrity crush? Details please!

I had a huuuuuge crush on Hilary Duff when I was a kid. I used to get so mad when I’d watch the Lizzie McGuire (2001) episode when Aaron Carter kissed her or A Cinderella Story (2004) with Chad Michael Murray, it was insane. But that’s my day one right there. That’s wifey.

🤔Choose the last question…

How do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully in 10 years, I will be well into the music and entertainment industry at large, and my mark will have been made several times. I wanna be a star, and I’d like to be in the melting pot of musical influence and pop culture, and I want to be included in conversations about the biggest voices of my generation.

I want to perform on so many stages, connect with so many people, collaborate with the artists I’ve dreamed of, and continue to make some of the best music I’ve ever made. I want to keep sharing a part of my soul and living the artist life.

I also want to expand beyond music. I started as an actor (then musicals and my own music), so I would love to write and direct. I want to act in a couple of projects with some acclaimed filmmakers and actors because that is another part of my creativity that I’d like to share with the world (pstt, @Universal Pictures – hmu when you do that Little Shop of Horrors (1986) remake).

A Broadway moment would be sick too because I am a lil theater kid at heart, and I want my EGOT moment. But in 10 years, I just hope to be doing what I love and what I am passionate about, traveling the world, and continuing to live my dream life with the people I love by my side. I want to be a star, shining and sharing my light with the world.

GOVAN: It’s a Wrap

One thing becomes abundantly clear: music is not just a passion for Michael GOVAN Hackett, but a way of life. From the collaborative synergy of the music-making process to the profound introspection found in journaling and meditation, this artist embodies the essence of artistic authenticity and dedication.

Keep an eye on this complete artist on Instagram and TikTok: @govan.mh and @govan.mh. It’s going to be worth it. Mark our words.

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