This week Noiseporn was given the opportunity to get to know GAWVI, the award-winning hip hop producer turned dance mogul and artist, who’s newest EP Lost in Hue landed the #1 spot on iTunes top dance chart this Friday. GAWVI has worked with artists Rodney Jerkins and Pharell in the past and has also done work on the Grammy award-winning /Billboards #1 hip hop album Anomaly by Lecrae. Lost in Hue is GAWVI’s first EP with Reach Records, boasting four super-fly dance-floor-ready jams. The hailed producer and song writer once said “My passion is to motivate and inspire, to urge people to tap into the potential inside them”, and now we have the opportunity to learn a little more about what motivates him.

Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us. I’ve read that you always knew you were destined to be a music artist and producer. Can you explain to us what that calling felt like for you? How did you know, really know, that music was your purpose?

Music has been a part of my life since I could remember. As a kid I was fascinated with sounds and learning how to play different instruments by ear like the piano and guitar. I think growing up in a home surrounded by music played a big part with my love of music. It did something to me deep in my heart that I just knew I wanted to experience it for the rest of my life. It wasn’t until I was 12 years old that I knew about being a music producer and from that moment on I knew that’s what I wanted to do and no one could tell me anything different.

What kind of music did you listen to growing up? Did it have an impact on what kind of music you went on to create?

Yes! 100% it did! I grew up on Selena, Juan Luis Guerra, Hector Lavoe, Hip Hop, and iconic music like Michael Jackson.

How did/does family influence your career?

Family is important to me and I value it a lot. Most of the songs I create are about the experiences I have with my family.

What was it like when you first started out as a producer? Was it a quick ride to success or did it take a long hard time to make it to where you are today?

It was a lot of hard work with sleepless nights and a lot of sacrifices in order to get to where I am today as a producer.

What was it like transitioning from hip-hop to dance music? Was it a natural move forward, or a jarring change?

Most people don’t know that I’ve always produced every type of genre of music. I came to be known mainly with Hip Hop because of my relationship with Reach Records. Now, as an artist I’m beyond excited to show this other side of me and share the love that I have for POP and EDM with music I’ve been creating for years.

Was there ever a period of your life when you doubted yourself?

Of course! Who hasn’t? My song “Late Nights” actually started off one night in the studio when I was doubting myself with a lot things. You just can’t stay in that place mentally and got to stop listening to those doubts in your head.

What would you say to fans and aspiring artists who are struggling to reach their dreams?

It doesn’t happen overnight. You have to work hard on your craft every single day. Since I was 12 I pressured myself to make at least 3-5 beats a day even if they were really bad. Your dream has got to be a part of you and you have to live it.

What are you most excited for in your own future?

I’m very excited about doing huge festivals and one day having my name surrounded by names I’ve looked up to like Calvin Harris and Pharrell.

Thank you, sincerely, for taking the time to speak with us and for sharing your amazing music with our readers. We are so looking forward to your next 4 track EP in September! Check out Gawvi’s newest EP Lost in Hue below: