We had the good fortune of connecting with Haløver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Haløver, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I feel like it depends on what your ultimate goal or dream is but for me – I just can’t imagine giving up. I’ve always known my life would somehow be connected with music and nothing else. Whenever I tried walking away from my dream and work in other industries it made me extremely upset and unsatisfied with my life. The music would always find me no matter where I was and how I felt about it. I might not be 100% happy with where I am right now but I know it’s a process and eventually I’ll be able to achieve what I’ve always wanted.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a singer and songwriter. Before the pandemic, my plan was to release more original songs and promote them but when the pandemic started it pushed me back and I decided to get more into writing music for others. I got to co-write so many cool songs with other writers and it’s been a great experience for me! Right now I feel way better about my artistry and I’m ready to get back to releasing my own music. You can check my latest single “Let Me Out” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OclGH9-sbY and my latest music video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFXeZzlNu2o
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I feel like a lot of times DTLA and Silver Lake/ Echo Park areas get overlooked by people. But there is so much to see and to do! Also, I’m vegan so I love discovering cool spots that offer vegan food and drinks. Keep in mind that there is no live music scene right now in LA due to Pandemic so I won’t be mentioning any :(.
Let’s start with the Echo Park/ Silver Lake area – there are so many cool things to do and see!
First of all, if you have never been to Echo park – you should definitely go and explore it!
Then, you can walk to a very cool spot called “Cosmic Vinyl” and grab coffee/matcha with vegan bagels or any other pastries and check out their selection of vinyls (they even have cassettes in there!).
Then, you can explore a really cool area near Echo Park with old Victorian houses. It’s located at 1329 Carroll Ave. Whenever I go there, it doesn’t feel like I’m in LA but in some old horror movie, it’s really magical! Also, one of the houses was in the TV Series called “Charmed” that I was obsessed with when I was a kid.
Afterwards, you can have lunch or dinner at Sage Bistro (amazing healthy bowls), Mohawk Bend (amazing vegan pizza with cashew cheese) or Flore Vegan (yummy vegan sandwiches and desserts).
After dining, you can drive (or even walk) to Silver Lake Reservoir and watch the sunset at Silver Lake Meadows. If you don’t want to spend too much on dining – you can always just go to 365 by Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s nearby to buy cheaper snacks and have them in the park!
Also, there are way more coffee shops and bars to explore that I didn’t mention – you can just walk on Sunset Blvd starting with “Intelligentsia Coffee” and walk until Echo Park. You will see some cool graffiti, vintage stores, painted stairs, street art and more. You won’t regret it!
Next, would be DTLA – it’s way too big but I’d try to include all of my favorite places:
You can start with Farmers Market in the morning, then visit The Last BookStore, take amazing pictures and read books there.
Go shopping/dining in Figat7th and The Bloc.
Walk around Pershing Square. Have a bite or drinks at the roof bar “Perch” with a beautiful view.
Walk to Walt Disney Concert Hall and explore Grand Park, visit The Broad(it’s free) or the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Walk to The Grand Central Market – it’s a big market with tons of food stands offering food from all over the world. It’s really worth it!
If you want to learn more about the history of Los Angeles you should visit the place where it all started – Olvera Street. It’s a historic district with mexican market, restaurants, museums, churches and many more.
Don’t forget Little Tokyo because it has lots of anime shops, gift shops, ramen spots, bars, restaurants and coffee shops. You can start at Japanese Village, then visit Japanese American National Museum, Anime Station and have the best vegan ramen at “Daikokuya Little Tokyo”.
The Art District has lots of breweries and street art! My favorite places for drinks – “Angel City Brewery”, “Pali Wine Co”, “Art District Brewing Company” and “Wurstkuche” that serves amazing vegan sausages and european beers! There is lots of street art in the area that you can explore as well! You can visit “Hauser and Wirth” for contemporary art galleries, then have ice-cream in “Salt and Straw” and have an amazing vegan dining experience at “Cafe Gratitude”.
If you are in LA you have to explore beaches! Some of my favorite ones – Santa Monica, Venice Beach, El Matador Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Torrance Beach and Laguna Beach. There are way too many amazing beaches in California!
If you are visiting California, you absolutely need to visit Joshua Tree, Red Rock Canyon, Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. They are unbelievably beautiful and breathtaking!
There are still so many places and areas that I didn’t mention! It’s really hard to choose because California has so much to offer!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents, friends and my boyfriend are my biggest strength. Whenever I start doubting my choices and feel like I’m not as good as I thought I am, I have these amazing people around me that always encourage me and believe in me. I’m sure I wouldn’t be where I am right now without their constant support.