Member Spotlight: Hapa Perdue
“Take time to soak it all in and challenge yourself to be the best dad you can possibly be.”
What do you do and what led you to this career?
I sit at the intersection of music, technology and education and have found ways to connect them together through my work in DJ education and pushing the creative boundaries of the role of the DJ. Currently, I am passionate about my tropical house project, Phil N Good, my role as the Executive Director of Scratch DJ Academy, the online educational platform I'm building to revolutionize DJ education and of course my most important career as Ellie and Irie's father.
What are the names and ages of your kids?
Ellie (5) and Irie (2) — both beautiful girls who take after my wife.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a father?
There's way too many to name but I absolutely make it a priority to have individual time with each of my girls. I feel like they have such different personalities and I know that my job as a father is to show them what a man should be. Watching them learn something that I taught them, no matter how big or small, is the most rewarding. Also, coming home to them at the end of a long day and having them run into my arms is easily the best feeling in the world.
And what is the most challenging?
Time management. Its important to have balance and there are times when my work doesn't allow me to be around for something significant. I also recognize that being an entrepreneur and creative does also allow me to BE around for other times but maintaining that balance is definitely the most challenging.
What has been your greatest career achievement thus far?
There's been quite a few milestones, but I still feel like I'm just getting started in a lot of ways. Looking back and seeing the 15 years of building the most successful DJ school in the world is a big one and seeing all of the people who have been able to build their own careers off of the foundation they received out of the Academy is incredible.
What is your best advice for someone new to your industry?
Always and never should be rarely used. Change is constant and be willing and able to adjust. Set your GPS on the destination, but trust all of the twists and turns.
What is your best advice for a new dad?
Probably the same as above! Cherish every moment because you wont get it back. Take time to soak it all in and challenge yourself to be the best dad you can possibly be.
What is your current favorite activity with your kids?
Taking Ellie to school every morning in an Uber. We read news, work on numbers and letters, share stories and I can be completely focused on her. With Irie, I love meals with her. She loves food and particularly loves dinner. Also love putting on Bob Marley and dancing around the house holding both of their hands.
Lyrics to live by:
“Don’t worry about a thing. Cus every little thing is gonna be alright.” — Bob Marley
Follow Hapa at @djhapa