DJ spins in different direction
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)