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: Fathers of Sound ft Majuri – “One Kiss”

With the ’90s house revival, underground classics are popping up again for a new generation to treasure.  The Fathers of Sound mix of Pacha’s “One Kiss” is a true classic, with a full-on deep bass and groove workout for six minutes before the vocals of Debbie French/Majuri come in to heat it up even further.  A longtime Vasquez staple and still being played around the world by DJs in the know, this new mix by Federico Scavo keeps the original vibe firmly intact and adds a sprinkling of modern flavor (and a bit of Federico’s trademark bouncy groove). Also included in the package is the Classic mix by Fulvio Perniola (half of Fathers of Sound with Gianni Bini), which is a long-awaited digital version of the vinyl classic.  While the length is different (the original is 10:19 and the new one is 11:17), even the most devoted house heads would be hard pressed to hear the difference.

Image Courtesy of OceanTrax.