We had the good fortune of connecting with Heaven Luna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heaven, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think I speak for everyone when I say that risk always comes with fear. When I was 18 years old I chose to make a real life crazy adult decision to move from Washington State to none other than Los Angeles itself. I felt absolutely crazy for moving at such a young age with no solid plan of what my life would be like. If it wasn’t for that life choice, I wouldn’t have had this very opportunity. I took a risk going over to someone’s home to “try” to form a song (this person is Omar Walrus, who is now someone I trust with my life). Then an even bigger risk by putting the song on all platforms for the whole world to listen to. Risk is in our everyday lives, the key is not to run from it, but to embrace it. The jumps I’ve made have brought both victory and defeat. Taking risks is what has allowed my career to evolve into what it is now. I wouldn’t change any of the choices i’ve made.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is still very much a work in progress. Although I am still just starting my career, I know that for the rest of my life I will not have “one sound”. I grew up in choir and found all sorts of genres that I love. Ive never been able to define my sound in one word, and that’s something i’ve grown to love. It’s R&B, but also latin, but also a little bluesy. I’m most proud of my latest single “Azul” because of the hard work me and my team put into it. I really had to dig through some of my hardest memories, and because of that the song is so raw and real. It most definitely was not easy getting to where I am today. It took lot’s of grit and humility. I had to learn to love the process of it all, most importantly the failure. Once I changed my perspective to half full instead of half empty, it became easier to push through. I had family and friends allowing me to mourn my defeat but never letting me stay there. I can’t stress enough how important it is to surround yourself with the right people.
One of the biggest lessons i’ve learned so far is not everyone will like my music, and that is okay. When I was younger I tried so hard to make people like my sound or music. It wasn’t till recently that I realized that will never happen. Art is personal. Not everyone loved Picasso, and that doesn’t mean his art didn’t consist of beauty. I make music for the people that will relate to it, for the people that will love it, and for the people that will heal from it.
One thing I want the world to know about my art is that it’s honest. Honesty hurts to hear most times, but it’s with honesty that we find the most healing. You have to pull the knife out of your back in order to get it stitched up. That’s what I want my art to be. Painful but filled with beauty. Sometimes beautiful first and then filled with pain after. Life is not linear, and neither is my music. It’s constantly changing, just like the rest of us. My music is for the people who need to scream cry in the car, or jump in the living room with the sound on full blast until the pain hurts a little less. I want my music to be a safe space. A place people can dance weird, cry loudly, or scream at the top of their lungs. My music is meant to make you feel alive. Being human comes with so much emotion, so let’s feel all of them and not feel wrong for doing so.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would for sure take my best friend to The Win~Dow at American Beauty. Hands down one of the best local burger joints i’ve ever been to. Then i’d take them to The Proper Hotel simply because it is so aesthetically beautiful. Plus the rooftop bar there at night has some of the best views. For coffee I would take them to my favorite coffee shop in LA, which is Maru. Specifically the one in Arts District. Id take them thrifting in east LA because those are the best thrift stores I have ever been to. And if we had enough time, i’d drive down to Orange County and take them to Laguna Beach for the day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A huge Shoutout goes to everyone in my family for constantly supporting me, even when they are physically far way. They’ve always pushed me to reach for the stars. I’d also like to shout out Omar Walrus, Alizabeth Bean, and Jordan Nicholson. These people have pushed me to not quit even when I wanted to. Not only have they appreciated my work since day one, they’ve also used their talents to support my career. Omar is one of the best producers I know, who has produced both of my singles. “Dont want U” and “Azul”. Alizabeth and Jordan are both geniuses when it comes to a camera. All of my photographs are from them two.
Alizabeth Bean Jordan Nicholson