...AS SOON AS I PLAYED THE FIRST SONG, THE CROWD WENT NUTS.
MR: Who have been some of your favorite artists to collaborate with and/or tour with?
back to the US and doing some club shows in Atlantic City, Boston and Arizona.
HB: They’ve all been incredible. Every single one was an experience. I’ve had the most fun with the Latinos, Pit Bull and Enrique Iglesias. Pit Bull is everything people expect him to be. He lives in the moment, works extremely hard and he’s one of my favorite people. I keep in touch with him.
MR: Where are some of your favorite venues to perform?
MR: You’ve collaborated with Tove Lo and Bebe Rexha? HB: Actually I interviewed Tove Lo at the ARIA Awards. They’re the Australian version of the Grammys. I hosted the red carpet and I got to meet Tove Lo. I like her style of writing. It’s all about female empowerment and sexuality and I adore that. The way she writes her songs is incredible. I got to interview Robbie Williams as well. He’s so much fun. I’d love to hang out with him one day. Bebe Rexha was on my song, Battle Cry. I came across a song with DJ Savi and it was a song written by Bebe. It was very acoustic sounding and we did some simple production on it. The whole idea was to re-produce it. Savi and I worked on re-producing the track. There wasn’t too much work because it was already written. I don’t think anyone has heard the original. I think she’s an awesome artist. We’ve tried to meet up but we’re never in the same town at the same time.
MR: Are you performing at any EDM festivals this year? HB: I’m going back to Australia and I’m doing shows for five to six weeks. Then I’m going to Asia and doing some festivals there. After that, I’m coming
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HB: When I toured with Britney Spears, the very first performance I did with her was in Paris. It was the most nerve-racking thing I have ever been through. It was such a big opportunity to be on tour with her. Twenty-four hours prior to that day, I didn’t know I was going on tour with Britney Spears. I flew over, I was a nervous wreck and her father came into the dressing room before I went on stage. Mind you, I was already feeling pressure to entertain when he said, “Just so you know, the 50,000 people out there are very quiet. I mean, you can hear a pin drop. We really need you to get the energy up!” It was the Circus tour. I had to go under the stage and rise up on to it. I remember that moment in the Bercy Arena. I was that particular of mix of excited and scared as I rose up and thought, why did I do this to myself? But as soon as I played the first song, the crowd went nuts. It was a great crowd and atmosphere. They asked me to join them on their tour in Europe and Australia. I felt incredibly proud and satisfied. It couldn’t have gone any better. It’s one of my favorite moments in my life so far.
MR: What’s next for you? Are you releasing new music soon? HB: I’m making new music. I’m in the studio working on a new sound. I’m going to try something different. I’m playing less EDM. Right now, my set is fifty-fifty, hip-hop and EDM, but I want to try new sounds. I’m still in the early stages of working in the studio. I can’t say much more but I’m feeling good about it. ■