Photo Credits: Joost Nuijten (2021)

Dutch DJ producer Sebastiaan Hooft has dedicated his life to music – following the only way a real musician knows: up. More than thirty years after gracing the decks at school parties in front of his friends, he has traded the school's gym for super clubs and festivals.

From recording videotapes and cassettes to selling his 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 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 DJs. Those were the early steps of an impressive career and the first signs of Sebastiaan's inner entrepreneur. His intelligent trades and determined mind would be the foundation for many big things ahead.

Fast forward twenty years, and Sebastiaan looks back on a career as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in The Netherlands, setting up more than twenty companies. He earned a Fast 50 listing and landed on Quotes magazine's self-made list. However, despite his success, he led a stressful and unhappy life. 2009 brought a turning point when he ended up in the hospital with serious health issues. At that very moment, he knew a change was coming. And found that music was still on his side. Besides selling his businesses and traveling the globe to share his story – building a foundation for his Redesign book - he took a deeper dive into music. He set his mind to it, rediscovered the decks, and locked himself up in the studio, coached by many industry pros - all to recapture the art of music.

In his home city, Amsterdam, Sebastiaan Hooft has held residencies at ClubNL and Escape. DJguide awarded his ClubNL residency the predicate: "Hottest club night in the city" in 2016. He builds an international fan base with performances from Berlin to Ibiza and Miami to Tel Aviv.

Eager to build an active community of like-minded music lovers, he launched his Redesign Records in 2015. It became home to many of the scene's rising talents and an outlet for his originals. Starting in 2022, he has released his originals on Tel-Aviv-based Joy Techno, Ibiza-based Shodan Records, and Berlin-based SPRINGSTOFF, supported by fellow artists like Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, and Don Diablo.

Following up his Redesign Radio shows and his residency at Mambo Radio with his weekly In Session - Ibiza, he started his The Midnight Project in 2022, sharing his love for electronic music with fans around the globe.

With electronic dance music woven into his DNA, it's second nature for Sebastiaan to share his vision of how good music sounds. With a sound that captures the full spectrum of house music and techno, deep bass matters, and melodic ways, his sets and originals are well-balanced and invite the listener to a fully-immersive experience.

Where perfection, passion, and persistence meet is where you'll find this inspiring DJ, producer, and author. Living his legacy, Sebastiaan Hooft is more eager than ever to hold on to his first love and share it with the rest of the world.