Exclusive Interview with DJ Havana Brown
How do you get your career started?
Well I originally went to the UK to work with the guys of dance group Supafly, who are responsible for the recent hits ‘Lets get down’ and ‘Moving too Fast’. Along with another guy we formed the group Fishbowl. We did quite well, we finished an amazing album and got signed to major record label Polydor but unfortunately not long after, the group came to an end before the release of our first single. This was a pretty disappointing time for me but I knew I definitely wanted to continue a career in the music industry. It was a blessing in disguise because I started DJing and loved it. One of the guys from Supafly who is international DJ and constantly touring taught me some of the basics and I just ran with it and haven’t looked back since.
What genre do you spin?
My sound is always evolving. When I started DJing it was just RnB all the way. I grew up with RnB so it was only natural but the older I get the more I appreciate other types of music. I love incorporating different genres because good music is good music and I don’t like to discriminate. So you may hear a little house or rock in amongst the RnB and Hip Hop tracks. If the crowd is open to it I can go wild if they let me.
It is better to know you, as a DJ or producer at heart?
I would say that I’m a performer at heart and DJing allows me to fulfill that. Maybe in the future I might go behind the scenes and become more involved with producing but at the moment it would have to be DJ at heart.
What do you see in your latest album ‘Crave’?
‘Crave’ to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly: The idea was to compile the best rnb and hip hop tracks that people craved for. My next volume will be out in Australia in June.
Disc one has all the hottest party tunes with tracks by Flo Rida, Rihanna, Pussycat Dolls, Lil Wayne and Disc 2 I call the ‘Love CD’. I wanted it to be slightly different from the first to suit different moods. So I slowed it right down including songs by Neyo, Chris Brown, Boyz 2 Men. On this volume I decided to include a third disc because there are so many great classic Old School songs that I wanted to include.
As i know you performed in Malaysia before, how is it?
Yes I came to Malaysia last year. I had so much fun. I was able to come with my dancers and while I was DJing I would come out and dance with them. I love being able to put on a bit of a show.
Where can our readers get to listen to your track?
A mini mix is available on my wedsite; www.djhavanabrown.com.au
What do you enjoy most about your career or anything that inspired you?
I love the fact that I love what I do. I live and breathe music so I never feel like I am working. I also get to travel all over the world and experience different cultures. I am very lucky.
What is your plan to achieve this year?
I have just recently signed to Universal Music Australia as a recording artist. I have been writing and working with producers developing my own music. I hope to have my first single out later this year. It would be amazing to be able to play my own music in the club.
Do you have a website your official website where our readers can get to know you better?
Yes definitely. Become my friend on facebook or check me out at www.myspace.com/havanabrown
Thank you so much for having this interview with us, is there anything you would like to shout out?
Thank you, it was my pleasure.
Interviewed by : Ivan