Dutch DJ/producer and label-owner Sebastiaan Hooft has ever dedicated his life to music – following the only way a true musician knows: up. More than twenty years after gracing the decks at school parties in front of his friends, he’s traded the school’s gym for Amsterdam’s super clubs, performances in Tel Aviv, Reykjavik, Ibiza, Prague and Berlin and the launch of his very own Warmth Music label and Redesign radio show. With years of experience in entrepreneurship, he knows exactly how to fuel his one, relentless passion in life: music.
From recording video tapes and cassettes to selling his own mixtapes on the school’s playground. Sebastiaan grew up an ambitious teenager with a taste for the eclectic and a talent for mixing. As the local go-to guy for music, he became his own record label and found a creative way to expand his record collection and fund his first turntables. In the meantime, he took on a job at the local record store, helping customers that would one day be some of the world’s most popular DJ’s. Those were the early steps of an impressive career and the first signs of Sebastiaan’s inner entrepreneur. His clever trades and determined mind would be the foundation to many big things ahead.
Fast forward twenty years and Sebastiaan looks back on a career as one of the most successful business persons in The Netherlands, having set up more than twenty companies. But despite his success, he led a stressful and unhappy life. 2010 brought a turning point, when he ended up in the hospital with serious health issues. That very moment, he knew change was coming. And found that music was still on his side. Besides selling his companies, giving the profit to charity and travelling the globe to share his story with start-ups & managers – building a foundation to his upcoming book – he took a deep dive back into music. He set his mind to it, rediscovered the decks and locked himself up in the studio, coached by many industry pro’s – all to recapture the art of music. With persistence, determination and a new-found spark, Sebastiaan climbed back in business – music business.
Eager to build a strong community of like-minded music lovers, he launched his very own Warmth Music in 2015. It became the home to many of the scene’s rising talents and underground heroes, as well as being an outlet for his own originals. Clocking up more than 250K plays on Soundcloud in just 2016, ‘Super Me’, ‘Miami’ and ‘Pink Beach’ were given a warm welcome by the next generation of music lovers – carrying a sound that belongs nowhere else but on today’s dance floors. Working closely with a team of industry professionals, such as Chocolate Puma and Oliver Heldens, Sebastiaan recently kicked off his monthly Redesign Radio show, broadcasted on DI.FM every third Wednesday of the month. With electronic dance music woven into his DNA, it’s a second nature for Sebastiaan to share his vision on what good music sounds like. With a sound that captures the full spectrum of house music, from deep bass matters and melodic ways to oldskool needs, his sets and originals are well-balanced and invite the listener to think outside the box.
Where perfection, passion and persistency meet, is exactly where you’ll find this inspiring DJ, producer and entrepreneur. Living his legacy, Sebastiaan Hooft is more eager than ever before to hold on to his first love and share it with the rest of the world.