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Australian DJ and singer Havana Brown is constantly touring with major acts such as Britney Spears, Rihanna, Chris Brown and Enrique Iglesias. Her single “We Run the Night,” with a little help from Cuban rapper Pitbull, was not only a huge hit in her part of the world but reached number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart as well as number 26 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Here first EP When the Lights Go Out was released last year to strong sales. She is bringing those tunes headlining the 23rd anniversary of Club Skirt Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs, California in April.
We caught up to her on the road to learn more about the Aussie talented beauty.
Jerry Nunn: Hi, Havana. Where in the world are you calling in from?
Havana Brown: I’m in LA.
JN: Did you make the big move out there permanently?
HB: Yes, I actually got a place here, which is kind of nice. For a little while I was homeless and living out of suitcases. It was nice to hang the clothes up.
JN: Do you like traveling around so much?
HB: It can get really tiring but as far as traveling I like visiting all the cities that I thought I would never visit. Especially in the States everyone seems so different. It is like visiting a totally different country sometimes.
JN: What has been your favorite place to visit?
HB: That is hard to say. I love both LA and New York. I love the sun so that is why I chose to move here. There is dry heat, good weather, and the entertainment business is here.
JN: In Chicago I met you at the Fantabuloso show after you performed.
HB: Yes, I love Chicago as well. It is a cleaner, smaller nicer version of New York. [Laughs] The people are a bit nicer, too!
JN: You are very photogenic. Have you ever thought about modeling?
HB: Probably not. That is not really my kind of thing. For photo shoots I like getting dressed up and the makeup but I get extremely bored very quickly.
JN: You are from Australia but where did the stage name Havana Brown originate?
HB: That is actually a breed of cats. When I was looking for a DJ name. I was looking at breeds of cats because there was something about cats being bold, independent, and strong. They know what they want and they know how to get it. I like that personality for my career. It is a rare breed so it is very hard to find. At that time when I started DJing the female DJ was a rare breed. I instantly loved it. The name appealed to me being strong and feminine at the same time.
JN: Your song “We Run the Night” was first a hit in Australia then it took a while to come to America?
HB: Yes, it was a year and half later. It has been great though to come over the States and go double platinum. Having the great response is a dream come true.
JN: How did you hook up with Pitbull for the song?
HB: Basically I had released it in Australia then they decided to release it in America as well. RedOne had heard of me since I was out touring but didn’t know I could actually sing. He put me together with Pitbull who redid the song. It was one of those things that you can’t plan or expect to happen. It all fell together and it worked out.
JN: Now you are headlining at the Dinah Skirts event. This will be huge.
HB: I am pumped for it. One of my good friends Luciana performed there last year and she said it was nuts. She loved it. When I get the phone call to perform at the Dinah event then I already knew it is one of the best parties ever. I am looking forward to it.
JN: The girls will go crazy over you.
HB: [laugh] Yes, I love that!
JN: Do you know what you are wearing yet?
HB: I have no clue. I should think about that shouldn’t I?
JN: It is a white party so maybe a white bikini so you can work on your tan.
HB: Exactly. I love performing for girls, too. I love seeing them in the crowd. They can be harder to please but when they are happy you feel like you have achieved something. When they feel good then I feel good.
JN: When are coming to play for the gay boys in Chicago?
HB: I feel like I am always there. I will have to look on my schedule. It might be on my website www.djhavanabrown.com. All of my tour dates are there.
JN: You are always on the road.
HB: I am so I get excited about my time off then after a couple of days I am ready to get back into it! I have been in the studio but I do miss touring and performing.
JN: How do you deal with the late night hours of DJing?
HB: I’m an early riser too so it is a really bad combo. What helps me out if I can is to take a little nap. It doesn’t always happen when I am touring but I like an hour and it just revitalizes me. When I don’t get the nap I can be tired when I enter the club but after hearing the music I feel the energy all of my tiredness going away. My adrenaline gets going and then when I leave I have to wind down because I get so pumped up onstage.
JN: I love your song on Pitbull’s album “Last Night.”
HB: Oh cool. Personally I love that track as well. I tell people that I am not being biased but I think it’s the best track on the album Global Warming.
JN: I hope he releases it as a single.
HB: Me, too. We just shot a video for it actually in Vegas. I got the final cut just recently of a live video with a behind the scenes type thing. It just shows the party element. It’s full of energy.
JN: Have you met your idol Janet Jackson yet?
HB: No but it could happen very soon though. I need some positive energy with that, although maybe I don’t want to meet her. What if she doesn’t like me?
JN: I have a feeling she will like you.
HB: I have heard she will be really sweet and I’ve heard great things about her.
JN: Okay, it’s time for Nunn’s Name Game. I am going to mention people you have worked with and give me a one-word answer describing them. First one is Rihanna.
JN: Britney Spears.
JN: Chris Brown.
JN: Lady Gaga.
JN: Enrique Iglesias.
JN: Well on that note it was fun playing the game and talking to you today!
Hook up with hottie Havana at the White Party on Friday April 5 at Hotel Zoso.
Visit www.TheDinah.com for ticket information and more stellar artists that are performing.
If you are a fan of dance you know Afrojack. Everyone on the planet has heard the name a time or two… hitting star status looks good on this “Super DJ”. The Netherlands native is only 25, and has already achieved goals that one could only dream of. From working with Pitbull and Ne-Yo, to mentor David Guetta, he has some of the biggest names in the business on his side. He recently sat down with Billboard for a cover story interview, and we have the highlights for you.
What makes the Netherlands such a dance-music hotbed?
Our music has a lot of balls. Most music that comes out of Holland is basically the harder part of dance music-hip-hop, drum’n'bass.
How involved are you in the day-to-day of Wall Recordings?
The label is my baby. Every song that gets released, every artist that gets signed, I decide. I try to do everything from picking the cover image to helping [Shermanology DJ Andy] Sherman know what songs to play in a solo performance.
How are festivals different from solo gigs for you?
For a solo gig, the crowd knows your shit. At a festival, a lot of people came to see other artists, so you have to put on a signature set and performance: This is what I do, this is why I’m here. At solo gigs, I’m a DJ — I’ll play two-and-a-half hours, and not just my own music, also my favorite songs by other artists.
So, solo gigs are more traditional DJ sets? No “pressing play”?
You’re never just pressing play. If you’re a guy in a cube with a mask on, you can press play. Deadmau5 also said himself he’s not a DJ — don’t talk about stuff you don’t know about. I don’t know shit about LED walls and giant mouse heads; I can’t judge it. But if you put four CD players in front of me or [Sebastian Ingrosso] or even Skrillex, we’ve been DJ’ing for so long, we can do a lot of things with those CD players.
Your full-length studio debut, slated for a summer 2013 release, might be a double-album. Why?
One album would be accessible dance music, crossover tracks, maybe some hip-hop, and one more underground stuff. Pitbull and a lot of other artists are using the opportunity to get new people into dance music. That’s what I’m trying to do right now. People are always scared of things crossing over, that it won’t be cool anymore, but we don’t do it because it’s cool. Eighty thousand people in a crowd, and they all love each other because they love dance music-that’s why I do this.
On one of your tracks for Pitbull, “I’m Off That,” he sings: “Label execs, I’m off that/But DJs, I love that.” What do you think that means?
I think it shows that these days artists are doing more of what they want themselves. It sounds really dumb to wait for a label to say yes to something. I’m following my heart, basically. A lot of people are scared to.
Cuban rapper and pop star Pitbull arrived in Chicago on July 27 at the Chicago Loop Walgreens on State Street to promote Voli Light Vodka. He chatted and took pictures with fans before heading over to the Charter One Pavilion on the edge of Lakeshore to perform to a packed crowd.
Havana Brown was the opener, which was a good match with her recent mega hit “We Run the Night” a team up with Pitbull himself. She warmed up the audience by DJing and dancing around. Having recent met her myself. This Australian is not only beautiful but nice and knows how to dress.
DJ Chino then spun some tunes to hype people up even more. They were mainly top ten hits with an interesting mix of fun.’s “We Are Young.”
Finally Mr. Worldwide arrived with a big announcement and the general admission arm banded fans went crazy against the barricade. Confidence is not the word for the moves this man possesses. He grinned, gyrated, and stuck out his tongue through songs such as “Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor) and “Gimme a Bottle I Like.”
He posed and danced around the stage sideways to “Gimme Dat Ass.” Of course people went loco for “International Love” and “Move Shake Drop.”
If you can’t dance to such songs like “Shake” or “Hotel Room Service” then there must be something wrong with your “Culo” (butt)!
He brought the goods filling the open air stadium almost to the top of the rafters. This really has been Planet Pit (the name of his album) and most of us are just living in it.
Here’s his latest with Shakira…
The World has never met a DJ and singer like Havana Brown! Little miss Havana Brown, (who, for clarification, originates from Australia, not Cuba), is having a hell of a year!
With her latest smash hit “We Run the Night” featuring Cuban born rapper Pitbull, there is no question that the demand for Havana’s music is rising faster then we can say “Run ‘em, like, run ‘em, run ‘em-Whoop!”
As a DJ she spins old school, electric, R&B, and pop! Her credits come from mastering the skill of mixing these musical styles together so smoothly by adjusting the speeds of a song, then blending them so that the transition is seamless and the effort looks minimal when she does so.The craft is difficult to master, but Havana gets it done just as well as any of her male counterparts in this male dominated arena. She has the look of a Victoria Secret model, a voice that can collaborate with any singer, and the skill to make the beats with such varying artists, this makes the Aussie a triple threat in the music industry!
She is one of the most sought after DJ’s in the land having worked with artists such as Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias, Rihanna, the Pussycat Dolls, and many more! Havana has toured all around the world and under the wings of Island Records has released 6 volumes of her Crave compilation albums since 2008! Miss Brown acquired a 12 month residency at the Las Vegas, Paris nightclub, Chateau after her North American tour gave her much deserved success in the states, and holds three hugely successful radio spots in Australia and France! Two of the latest singles Havana has released are collaborations with Enrique Iglesias called “Heartbeat”, and of course “We Run the Night” featuring Pitbull! Look out for Havana Browns debut album to come out this year and for my review of the album here at Fusion so you can get the skinny on what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s hot!
Check out the “We Run the Night” music video below!
(Dave Tripper/USA Today) Two of the biggest Latin artists of all-time are teaming for a brand new single. The new music will be part of a re-release of one of the artists’ most successful albums.
Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez are heading to the studio to record the single “Mouth2Mouth.” The new music will be included on the November re-release of Iglesias 2010 hit bilingual album “Euphoria.” Other new music will include a new pairing with Pitbull along with several other hits including “Tonight.”