Over the summer Mr. Big Love himself Seamus Haji will be bringing his bespoke ‘pop up’ DJ school to Northbrook College in Worthing. Offering students an exclusive opportunity to fast track their DJ skills, his course will cover the fundamental know how needed for complete beginners to learn to beat match and make their own DJ Mix or for the slightly more experienced to learn how to build a professional DJ set using EQ, FX, loops and tricks.
Having unassumingly entered the DJ scene at 16 Seamus’ own mixing background originated from his love of Hip Hop. Performing with an eclectic mix of sound systems back in the 80’s his introduction to DJ equipment was somewhat ’rudimentary’ learning to play on a pitchless turntable.
Undoubtedly talented, his ability to command the decks led to his experience as a former Pioneer ambassador. As an instrumental soundboard in the development of CDJ100’s he is perfectly placed as an authority when it comes to understanding the history of tech and the expertise required to perform a memorable set. His flair for ‘mixing and blending’ and staying true to his vinyl roots is often called upon when he plays ‘strictly vinyl’ sets around the world, more recently playing with fellow house heavy weight Dennis Ferrer in Estonia.
With his enviable industry experience as a record label owner, international DJ, remixer and producer Seamus is able to incorporate past, present and future perspectives into his remixes and releases. This innate ability to make you want to ‘cut a rug’ unmistakable in his popular Saturday night radio show on Brighton’s Juice FM which is syndicated to over 30 stations around the world. Having worked in many a record store Seamus implicitly understands the meaning of ‘the journey’ and the role of the DJ to break new music, showcasing up and coming releases whilst selectively nodding to his love of neo soul and disco when he goes ‘in deep’.
Demonstrating his malleability, Seamus’ gift as a DJ and producer shines through on his world renowned remixes and his regular podcast ‘Re-Loved’, a labour of ‘Big Love’, it is bursting with clever reedits of dance music new and old where the grooves of 70’s disco and 80’s boogie have been lovingly extended with vocal chops and loops. Over the years he has created notable remixes working with Rihanna, Rita Ora, Mariah Carey and Roisin Murphy to name a few and more recently rising star Izzy Bizu.
As a member of the ‘BMC’ advisory board his panels at Brighton Music Conference are impressively crowded year on year validating that what he knows about the business can’t be replicated, with valuable knowledge to bestow, his unique understanding of the music industry and instinctive technical know-how make his decision to share the Haji magic and teach inevitable, with his transition to teaching seamless.
Highly acclaimed by his students, he currently teaches music business across the UK at widely held music institutions, nurturing the development and progression of promising musicians.
His ‘pop up’ school will be exclusively ‘powered’ by the latest Pioneer gadgetry and if his oversubscribed Brighton Music Conference panels are anything to go by this course will sell out fast!