DJ spins in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - CAMERON ADAMS

MEL­BOURNE DJ Ha­vana Brown has a five- year plan. It in­volves an in­tense work­load, then a preg­nant pause – for moth­er­hood.

‘‘ That’ll be the time I’ll chill out,’’ Brown says. ‘‘ When I fall preg­nant.’’ Right now, there’s no gen­tle­man. ‘‘ I’ve got time,’’ she says. ‘‘ I don’t mind do­ing it on my own. There’s tech­nol­ogy for that now.’’

Brown added singing to her reper­toire with last year’s We Run The Night.

A triple- plat­inum Top 5 hit in Aus­tralia, it was rebooted for the US with a rap from Pit­bull and pro­duc­tion from Gaga hit­man Red One.

Re­leased in the US last Septem­ber, it broke into the Bill­board chart at No. 99 in April. The song peaked at No. 26 last month af­ter be­ing on Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent to an au­di­ence of more than seven mil­lion. It’s still No. 35.

‘‘ It re­ally was about the song be­ing liked by peo­ple,’’ Brown says. ‘‘ It slowly grew and grew. It has been on ra­dio there for 10 months. The peo­ple at ra­dio sta­tions can’t be­lieve it’s still pump­ing.’’ It is days away from hit­ting a mil­lion US sales. Brown ( pic­tured) is big in Ja­pan, with the UK and Europe her next fron­tier in Oc­to­ber and says she en­joys the hec­tic global sched­ule.

‘‘ I be­lieve you have to work harder than ev­ery other per­son in the in­dus­try to get there. I get edgy if I’m not work­ing,’’ she says.

The suc­cess hasn’t come with­out hic­cups, though. Af­ter the US re- pro­duc­tion, the song’s writ­ers – for­mer pop star Cassie Davis and pro­ducer Snob Scrilla – vented fears on Twit­ter that they’d lose credit for their ini­tial work.

‘‘ We don’t talk,’’ Brown says. ‘‘ I have noth­ing but best wishes for them but we’re not go­ing to be the best of mates!

‘‘ I don’t think they had any cause to be up­set. Some­one tak­ing a song in­ter­na­tion­ally is not some­thing to get up­set about.’’

Suc­cess also means haters. Brown’s vo­cals and her DJ skills have been ques­tioned.

‘‘ It’s a club record. I’m not go­ing out there say­ing I’m Mariah Carey. I sing live ev­ery sin­gle night. Some peo­ple will like it, some won’t.

‘‘ When I started DJing there weren’t many fe­males on the scene. Peo­ple would just as­sume it wasn’t real. They said I wouldn’t sur­vive a year. I’m six years in. I’ve DJ’d with the big­gest names around the world. I have my own ra­dio show. I’m not from a TV show.

‘‘ The more I keep go­ing up­wards in my ca­reer the more it will shut peo­ple up.’’

Brown is work­ing on her de­but al­bum, with in­put from Red One, up- and- comer R3hab as well as Pit­bull and Afro­jack.

New EP When The Lights Go Out fea­tures the ra­dio hit You’ll Be Mine as well as the fruity Big Ba­nana – a rib­ald ode to un­der­whelm­ing men.

‘‘ There hasn’t been a song about that for a long time. The guys get out there and talk about big- booty women, big boobs. There’s this un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tion on girls so I thought, hang on, do you have a big ba­nana?’’ WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT EP out now ( Univer­sal)

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