An Interview with House Music Producer BTAV

BTAV has had some success since 2015 under an old stage name. However, he decided to take the whole year of 2020 off to refocus his vision and make new music under a different name. Under the new name, “BTAV,” he plans to release House music that is catchy, memorable, and most of all, fun.

Being an African-American House producer and DJ, he has always been proud of his culture, but has had times where he has felt unique. Growing up in Forest Hill, Maryland has also played a part in his outsider mentality. When tough times arrived, he used music as a way to cope. He not only hopes for his music to bring joy, but to also bring inspiration.

With his single, “Love Follows,” out now, we took some time to hear more from BTAV. Read below to learn more about BTAV, the story behind his single, and what’s to come.

Hi BTAV! Let’s start with how did you get your artist name?

It’s a nickname that was given to me because of the first letter of my name, Brandon, and the first three letter of my last name, Tavernier.

What city are you from and where are you based now?

I am from Forest Hill, Maryland and still am currently here.

At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music? How did you get started?

I started in 2015 after my friend introduced EDM to me. At first, I didn’t like it, but eventually it grew on me. I kind of followed him in high school, so when he said he was going to start producing, I said that I was too.

Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?

I wouldn’t say upbringing, but I think when depression hit me in college, it was more motivation to make positive and upbeat music.

How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?

Love centered Dance music that is super catchy.

Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?

Working out and staying fit helps me clear my head, which I think helps with my creativity since we all need breaks.

Who are some of your main musical influences?

Sigala, Dj Snake, Galantis, and Martin Garrix.

Who would be a dream to collaborate with?

Kendrick Lamar.

What are some of your future music career goals?

Just being able to support myself solely on music and being able to travel the world on tour.

Now onto your release, “Love Follows.” What inspired this song?

It was the start to a revamp of my music. I wasn’t happy with my productions, and this was the first song that I worked on after my break.

What is “Love Follows” about in your own words?

Struggles of love and how letting go of someone can be so difficult.

What message do you hope fans take away from your music and from “Love Follows?”

I just hope they enjoy the song, and in terms of my music, I hope they see that you can always turn a negative into a positive because that’s what my music has been doing for me the past years.

What’s one of your proudest moments of your music career so far?

DJing for a fraternity at West Virginia University, and just my overall progress in my production quality.

What would you say are the greatest lessons you’ve learned so far?

Things take time and you must embrace the losses because that’s the only way you become better and memorable.

What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects that we should be on the lookout for?

Every 6 weeks I will be releasing new music. My next release comes out on March 17th.

Where can we follow you on social media?

https://www.instagram.com/btav_music/

https://www.tiktok.com/@btavmusic

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