7 Minutes With John Hughes Heldt


Where do you see yourself in five years?

 Working! My goals include producing artists, collaborating with other producers and writers, hearing my work in major films and earning a Grammy of course! I chose an Indie path to my career where as many of my childhood friends have made it in national acts and own well known and highly successful production companies in Los Angeles. I  have a live act I put together too.

Describe your ideal “musical” lifestyle. 

 I have a passion for performance in a live show. Rehearsing is a blast and not only physically demanding, it can also be a musical challenge. I am always writing songs. Music is all around  me and my creativity is never turned off. Inspiration for a song can be a moment, a touch, a word with a stranger; it always amazes me. The energy of life and living each moment creatively is my choice for a musical lifestyle.

Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

 I get a rush. The same feeling I get when I am out surfing or extreme skiing; excited really. There is a calm rhythm that happens before I go on stage. It is like a light and I feel alive when I am with the audience. It is a rush like falling in love the first time.

 What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?

 Music is a gift. When I “unwrap” a finished production and  it comes together with all the instruments I have heard over and over in my head – string arrangements, different drum rhythms, guitar and funky rock baselines,  it’s like celebrating a young child’s birthday. I took my girlfriend to the La Jolla Symphony recently and talked with members of the orchestra about adding strings to one of my songs that I wrote for her. Music is a gift whether it is for me and the joy I get from the creative flow, or for the people I write about or my audience. 

 What are you up to right now, music-wise? 

Thinking about how I am going to produce the next three songs. I am working with a Bay Area producer who is doing a remix of my latest single On and On,  in an EDM dance music format. I am also working with my vocal engineer and gearing up for the next three songs. We might be incorporating a string section to my next project with members of the La Jolla Symphony.

Lately, what musical periods or styles do you find yourself most drawn to as a listener? 

A combination of 60’s 70’s and 80’s, hip hop, and real drum sound.

What’s one of your all-time favorite songs?

Simon and Garfunkel’s, Bridge over troubled Water.




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