Seamus Haji Interview 2014

As a DJ/producer/label owner/A&R guy, Seamus Haji has worn many hats in the dance music world. He is also one of those rare producers that can make credible underground/progressive releases (like the buzz record “Inception” with Sheldon) and remix big commercial pop songs by artists like Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Girls Aloud, and The Saturdays. It was quite a fun interview especially since I got to ask so many questions I’ve wondered about for many years.

DJ Ron Slomowicz: I’ve always wondered – with a name like Seamus, are you Irish?
Seamus Haji: My mom is Irish and my father is Indian. I was born in the mix!

RS: Someone just told me that you used to do A&R for Strictly Rhythm.
Seamus Haji: Yes, it was back in 2010. I went to work for them for a year after they split from Defected. They asked me to come aboard and sign really good club records which is what I did, but after a year they wanted to move towards a commercial direction, so we were at two different head spaces. I was about signing good underground club music and getting into events and they really just wanted to concentrate on having commercial hits so we decided to part ways. During the time that I was working for them I put Big Love on hold and have now re-launched the label. I also have a label deal with a big company in the UK called New State. They do a lot of Cream and Pacha compilations and so I am really excited about a lot of new music that we have coming up.
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SONGS OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY):  Korr-A – “Deck the Halls” and Sariah – “Only One Wish”

The holiday season is all about celebrating with the ones you love – be it friends or family.  The only problem is that the traditional music gets tiresome year after year (just ask anyone working in retail). Leave it to some of our favorite dance pop artists to reinterpret and create dance floor friendly holiday songs we can all enjoy.  “Fiyacraka” vixen Korr-A updates the classic “Deck the Halls” using just a few lines and building a whole new song around it with talk-sung verses and a pretty anthemic chorus over a pumping electro beat. It feels very Kesha-esque, but in a good way – with the playful double entendres (“Let me see your deck”) and feisty back and forth.  The video shows the aftermath of the party of all parities and Korr-A brings it back to life.  The Queen of Hearts, aka Sariah, released her Holiday Heart EP featuring the new original song “Only One Wish.”  It’s one of those songs that on first listen feels so familiar that you instantly want to sing along with.  Singing about her wish to be with a lost loved one, it’s both somber and uplifting at the same time.  With many interpretations possible, the song is universal and the dance-pop production is top notch making it a perfect fit for any top 40 radio station for the holiday season.  If you are looking to update your holiday playlists, “Deck the Halls” and “Only One Wish” are both worthy additions.