There is a distinct possibility that the name Seamus Haji may already be familiar to you. One of the most creative and technically gifted house DJ’s of our time and to say that he has many more strings to his bow is a complete understatement.
Seamus began his DJing career at the tender age of 16 with a London soundsystem playing a mixture of early House, Soul and Hip Hop. With a barrel-full of drive, enthusiasm and determination he went on to secure his first residency at The Satellite and later took on regular guest spots at MOS, Garage City, Release The Pressure, Hard Times and Back To Basics.
He then became a regular fixture at the likes of MOS, Code, Bed and Pacha, London. He has also enjoyed numerous residencies around the globe, including the last four years at Pacha, Ibiza where he’s gathered an army of fans, possibly something to do with his rather dashing looks as well as his DJing ability of course! Musically his strength is his diversity playing as comfortably alongside, for example, Kenny Dope as Murk. And his sets are now known for the wealth of his own productions and remixes as well as more than a smattering of trickery on the Pioneer CDJ1000’s ( for which he is an official ambassador)
The trainspotter in you may be aware that Seamus has multiple creative personalities that come in the form of the following monikers:
Big Bang Theory – His funked up house personality. A hit with the incredible ’God’s Child’, released on Defected Records, met with huge critical acclaim and became a commercial success. The follow-up s ‘Do U Got Funk?’ and “Haven’t Been Funked Enough” garnered similar worldwide support and dropped in 2003 and 2004 respectively! Fans include Xpress2, David Morales and Danny Rampling.
Mekkah – His soulful, more vocal orientated personality. ‘Race Of Survival’, the first release on his very own Soul Love label has already become a classic. The second outing ‘Found A Love’ built on the rep. And the most recent third, ‘Dimensions (I’m Happy)’, featuring the vocal skills of Stephen Granville once again, is the icing on the cake! Fans include Louie Vega, Jazz-n-Groove & CJ Mackintosh.
11th Dimension – his darker, tougher more futuristic side which sees him collaborate with Paul Emanuel (Club Asylum / Class A , Azuli). Releases so far have been “Beat Goes On”, “The Force” and most recently “The Rhythm” with fans such as Future Shock, Peace Division and Jo Mills.
Get This! – A cheeky Go-Go/House fusion which has won devotees from such diverse corners as Brandon Block to Layo!! The first Get This! Release, “Ya Underwear”, went down so well it was soon followed up with “Work That Sucka” and most recently “Party People” both causing just as much mayhem.
Heart & Soul – another moniker which reveals Seamus’ deeper side. The debut ‘Share Your Love’ features Tommy Blaize (Craig David’s No 1 backing singer) on vocal & remix from D Ramirez. Winning approval from Tom Stephan, King Unique & the Defmix posse.
“Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” is the latest single released by Seamus under his own name. He’s covered the original ’80’s club classic in an Electro-house style which has been championed by Djs as diverse as Deep Dish and Steve Lawler to Lucien Foort and the Dreem Team.
Seamus has also been getting back into some remixing, notching up great packages for most notably Hardsoul “Back Together”,"Artificial Funk “Together”, Tweet “Boogie 2 Nite” and Stonebridge “Put Em High” in addition to various indie projects.
As well as DJing, producing and remixing, the past 10 years have seen Seamus gather a wealth of musical experience and knowledge. Having spent many years working in record shops such as Red Records, Release The Groove and Uptown Records, taking on A&R management roles at Slip ‘N’ Slide and of course Defected Records, as well as putting on his journalist hat and writing for publications such as Blues & Soul, Echoes, Touch and Muzik, (he currently reviews for the weekly Update) he can’t have helped but build up a strong knowledge of all aspects of the industry.
Armed with this knowledge, Seamus decided to set up his own record label, Big Love, with Defected Records’ ex head honcho Janet Bell. “Big Love is an organic, lo-pressure imprint for quality, club-based international house whereas Soul Love is it’s fairly self-explanatory Soul Sister. Both are reflections of where our hearts lie musically and our intention to be INclusive rather than EXclusive. Dance music is way too up its arse and pigeonholed these days!”
As if all this wasn’t enough, Seamus is pleased to be back on the air with his ratings-grabbing Ministry of Sound radio show. And in light of guest mixes on Radio 1, Kiss 100, Galaxy and Ministry Of Sound , it’s about time too!
Seamus Haji has become synonymous with quality, his DJ sets are nearing legendary, he’s a technical wizard and his productions are phenomenal. His star is in the ascendant for 2005.