Gawvi, the Miami-based producer/DJ/songwriter has been in the music industry for almost a decade now. After working for massive names such as Rodney Jerkins and Pharrell in 2011 and after producing for an array of artists, he finally got his big shot when he signed to Reach Records in 2012 as an in-house producer and engineer. Now, a few years later, Gawvi has managed to make a name for himself, as he’s produced chart-topping singles for the likes of Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and Trip Lee and he’s had his music heard on various successful news outlets.
This year, he is going to venture as a solo artist, so that is why you should definitely keep an eye on him. You won’t regret it! If you want to find out more about what’s coming next for Gawvi, make sure to check out our exclusive interview below!
I’m currently based out of Atlanta, GA and I’m just excited about releasing my new music.
2) Growing up, who were the producers you looked up to? Who were your musical icons?
Some of the producers I looked up to were Timbaland, Kanye West, Will.i.am. and Pharrell. They all came in a very important time when music was shifting in sound and culture. They were pioneers of that time and always had these unique sounds that no one had ever heard. It was game changing and intriguing to the ear. I wanted to be like them. I wanted to be able to shift culture like they did.
One of my musical icons is Jay-Z because of what he did for hip-hop. Juan Luis Guerra is another one of my musical icons. What he did sonically in the Latin market was so unbelievable. His numbers, his Grammy’s, his talent was and still is amazing.
3) For those of our readers who are not familiar with your work, can you tell us what the most important moments of your career were?
Some of the most important moments for me started out with being an intern. I had the opportunity to intern under Pharrell and see him in his element all while I picked up his food. Ha. I also got to work under Rodney Jerkins in LA. That opportunity allowed me to connect with artists and it was an amazing experience to get to witness his work. But one of the most important moments of my career has been signing to Reach Records; the label I’ve produced for about 10 years now. It was a huge moment to be able to sign to a label that I looked at as family. They’ve given me great opportunities such as executive producing Trip Lee’s RISE album, which won a Dove Award, to working on Lecrae’s Anomaly, which won him a Grammy.
4) We know that you collaborated with Lecrae and that collaboration lead to a Grammy winning hip-hop album. How was that experience for you?
The whole season working on Lecrae’s Anomaly album was great. The single I produced, ‘Nothing’ was featured on Jimmy Fallon and then the Anomaly album landed on the Billboard charts and later went on to win a Grammy.
5) Can you give us more details about your latest release “Late Nights”? What inspired you in creating the track?
‘Late Nights’ started off one night when I was in the studio at about 1 or 2 in the morning. I was doubting myself with a lot of things and had fears and emotions at that moment. One thing led to another, and I began playing different keys on the piano and singing out my emotions. Wanting to attack whatever was trying to hold me back from being successful in every area of my life. As far as being a husband, a music producer, a friend. Etc. I didn’t want to listen to that lie of fear and doubt. So ‘Late Nights’ was created within that moment. Little did I know it would become one of my favorite songs I’ve ever created. Sonically it’s huge and epic with house music mixed in with somewhat of a ballad feel to it. At the end it of it it takes you to different world when the Trap part comes in. The song really is a musical experience the whole time. It’s an art piece. I think that’s what we are as humans. We’re all going through a whole experience, growing in a lot of areas, which makes for a great piece of art.
6) We would also want to know some details about your first solo album!
I’m excited about my solo album. I’m having fun figuring out my sound as an artist, and knowing who GAWVI is. I’m excited about the first EP because I’m able to give you a taste of what’s soon to come.
7) Now, more on a general note: what do you think an artist should do to keep evolving?
I think anyone who loves what they do should work on their craft every day. Eating, breathing and living it. Since I was 12 I’ve always pressured myself to make about 3-5 beats a day even if they weren’t good. It didn’t matter what I had to go through to achieve what I wanted. I sacrificed a lot in order to do what I wanted. I remember living in LA off of a few bucks to eat. Some days I went without eating but it was worth it to me. I got good at music production because I lived it. It should be a huge part of your life.
8) Name for us 3 of your favorite songs.
Three of my favorite songs on my EP’s that are releasing soon, are ‘Late Nights’, ‘Desires’ & ‘Don’t Have to Feel Sorry’. Other music I’ve been listening to is Skrillex’s ‘Stranger Remix’. I’ve also connected with a few of the tracks on J. Balvin’s new album Energia.
9) What’s coming next for you? What are your plans for the following months?
What’s next for GAWVI is to continue pumping out new music, non-stop. It will be hard to not see or hear of my name. It may get annoying. Ha. I want to get more involved with my Latin side as well. I’m looking forward to hitting the international market and making world music. I’m going to be touring in the fall, promoting my new EP’s and getting ready for the solo album. I’ve worked long and hard for this moment so I am ready and willing to do whatever it takes to embrace it, enjoy it, and live it out the best I can.