DJ Havana Brown is Australia’s no. 1 female ranking DJ.
In only a few short months, Havana Brown’s career has taken off big time and seen Australia’s diva on the decks explode into the spotlight both locally and abroad. With a recent record deal under her belt and an out-of-control buz on the streets, Havana was booked for some of the biggest concerts of 08 including: National support for Chris Brown and Rhianna and support for The Pussycat Dolls not to mention her booking at the very exclusive Hennessy series in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai, China where Havana played alongside Wyclef Jean. With performance offers piling up for 2009, Ms Brown is taking it all in her stride.
Known for up-tempo R&B and hip-hop sets, tinged with a touch of electro-house, Havana Brown has raised eyebrows, pulses and hands across club floors around the world in her four years as a DJ.
Born in Melbourne, Australia DJ Havana Brown is blessed with exotic good looks and an air of confidence. Added to this is a determination to succeed which has seen her accomplish a high standard of DJing and a solid rep to go with it, despite the obvious hurdles facing a female DJ in a male dominated scene.
Havana Brown grew up with a love of music but the journey that eventually lead her into DJing was almost accidental. As a singer, Havana joined the group Fishbowl, along with two members of the group Supafly, and relocated to London to pursue opportunities with the band. Unfortunately, soon after being signed to Polydor, infighting saw Fishbowl disband before ever releasing an album and Havana Brown found herself in musical limbo but determined to continue working in the music world. While partying in a London club one night she found herself drawn to the DJ’s ability to rock the floor. Despite having never previously considered the decks as a means of expression, Havana was sold on the idea of becoming a DJ that night. With early mentoring from DJ Panos (Supafly) Havana Brown began learning the basics and saved every penny to buy her first set of CDJs.
Havana then began approaching skeptical club promoters, who were less than enthusiastic about hiring a female DJ. Havana hustled her first series of DJ gigs by offering to spin free of charge, a strategy that eventually paid off and lead to regular appearances at some of the biggest parties in London. In addition to playing at many of London’s most exclusive nightclubs, Havana has also played many of the biggest VIP parties, catering to the entertainment and fashion industry. Havana has toured nationally across Australia as well as several tours to Asia including: Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and China.
After returning home to Aus for what was intended to be a three month holiday new opportunities have come thick and fast. Havana Brown was nominated for Best DJ at the Urban Music Awards in 2007 and won Best DJ in Pop Republic Magazine’s It List in 2007.
Since signing to Universal Music Australia, her first project with the label, compilation CD series Crave reached the National top 10 on the ARIA Compilation chart and top 5 on the ARIA Urban charts. Crave is a double CD of the hottest R&B and hip-hop mixed by Havana Brown. The first disk is dedicated to party rocking joints, the second disk is described by Havana as “a love CD” featuring the best ballads and slow jams. Havana recently completed a Crave national tour that saw her rocking club floors at every major city across Australia. Following the success of Crave Vol. 1, Havana is releasing Crave - Love Edition on Valentines Day, February 14th 2009.
In between DJ gigs and work on the Crave compilation, Havana is constantly writing music and looking forward to performing her own songs in the not too distant future. With a drive for success, but more importantly, an unyielding passion for music, Havana Brown is set for a lengthy career as a DJ and an entertainer.
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