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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SONG OF THE DAY: Audien ft Michael S – “Leaving You”

Watching Audien’s sound develop with each release is definitely a journey. Fresh off the massive big room monster “Sup” is the straight-ahead dance pop “Leaving You.” Yes it’s pop, but its cool and club-friendly as well. Imagine if Zedd would have produced Ne-Yo’s last single – combining catchy emotional pop breakup lyrics from a male perspective with a dimensionally-layered electro track. This is the kind of song that, if recorded by a major pop or R&B male vocalist, would become a massive radio hit with next to no burn. If you are one of the DJs who packed floors with “These Are the Days” or are looking for a great male vocal track to add to your club sets, “Leaving You” should be at the top of your buy list on Beatport. Lovers of vocal dance pop should be on this one as well.

Image courtesy of Zouk.