Sebastiaan Hooft (NL)
What if the first thing you see after you wake up is a white, sterile hospital room, and what resounds is nothing but the beep of your own pulse? Right, that’s when you know it’s time for a change. That’s exactly what Dutch entrepreneur Sebastiaan Hooft did: he redesigned his life. After fifteen years of working nearly 24/7, he chose to redesign and go for a healthy, balanced way of living. He returned to what he loved the most, aligning his heart, body and mind to his one true love: music. Big things ahead From recording videotapes and cassettes to selling his own mixtapes on the school 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 got a job at the local record store, helping customers that would one day be some of the world’s most popular DJs. These early steps of an impressive career were the first signs of Sebastiaan’s inner entrepreneur. His clever trades and determined mind formed the foundation of many big things ahead. A turning point Over the past fifteen years, Sebastiaan has founded more than twenty companies, becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Netherlands, and living a wealthy but stressful life. Slowly but steadily, music faded to the background as his career took over. Unaware that life had other plans in store for him, he lost himself in managing the empire he’d built. Inevitably, though, 2010 brought a turning point: Sebastiaan ended up in the hospital with serious health issues. That’s when he knew change was coming. And so, he sold his companies, gave his profits to charity and started travelling the globe talking to other inspiring and successful people and get to know their tactics. He talked to over five hundred of them, turned himself into a speaker and mentor for startups and managers, and created a canvas for living a healthy entrepreneurial life. One of the companies that was interested in using this canvas was a DJ school in Amsterdam. Right there, back behind the decks, Sebastiaan found what he’d lost so many years ago – and he didn’t hesitate a second. He took a deep dive and made a bold move by choosing to go for his passion: music. A different approach at life A first love stays with you forever, and for Dutch DJ and producer Sebastiaan Hooft, that love is electronic dance music. Driven to share this passion, he left behind a stressful life to approach things differently. He builds a strong community of like-minded music lovers, fortifying his online presence with a positive and inspiring approach. Combining his knowledge of healthy food and entrepreneurship with his background in all things music, he brings his followers a unique experience. His community is a go-to place online for all who want to enjoy music in their own personal ways. There’s no need to go clubbing, use drugs or drink alcohol to dive into the pleasures of the warm, euphoric sound of house music. Music woven into his DNA Working closely with a team of industry professionals taught Sebastiaan the ropes of DJing and producing. With electronic dance music woven into his DNA, for Sebastiaan it’s second nature to share his vision of what good music sounds like. His sound captures the full spectrum of house music, from deep bass matters and soulful, deep and funky ways to old-school needs, crafting well-balanced sets that invite the listener to think outside the box. His signature tracks move the crowd with a warm and euphoric twist. 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.
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