Meet Surface fan Hapa Perdue   DJ, show host and executive director of Scratch  ...

Describing his sound as “#FeelGoodSound,” Hapa Perdue (“DJ Hapa”) is known for playing a multitude of genres and blending it all together to create a unique soundtrack. His list of clients includes top brands such as Ducati, Ferrari, Red Bull, Samsung and The Grammys, just to name a few. He’s shared the stage with artists as diverse as his musical selection: from Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind & Fire and Macy Gray to The Far East Movement, Diplo and Chromeo. In 2015, Hapa created a group called Phil N Good, where he is co-producing remixes and original tracks accompanied by live instruments ― he’s also the first resident DJ on the Emmy award-winning KTLA Morning Show in his home city of Los Angeles. Hapa has performed for Microsoft events and received his Surface Pro 3 from the company last year.

I first met Hapa last December when he graciously met me on the steps of my office in Redmond on his way to Seattle for a gig. Upon sitting down for coffee, he showed me a couple pro tips on a fun new DJ app, MeeDJ, that was intuitive with touch and easy to mix tracks on. He was a natural at teaching how to use the interface and make music with touch. Just as fun was the emblazoned sticker-like taping of his name across the back, which gave it a distinct and unique personal touch that characterizes so much of Hapa’s creative work.

Let’s hear more from DJ Hapa on his passion for taking people on a musical journey across platforms:

Can you give us a brief introduction about yourself?

In a nutshell, I sit at the intersection between DJ Culture, education and technology. I’m a serial entrepreneur and also definitely consider myself a true curator of music and culture.

Let’s talk a little bit more about what you do. What are the applications that you use toDJ and create music and content?

I’m at the forefront of several super-progressive applications including MeeDJ, a consumer app that gives the user pro-like features and tools and allows them to create and share their own mixes through OneDrive. The project was born through a Microsoft incubator program, App Campus, and to date has over 1 million installs. Beyond that, on the pro side, I am a huge fan and user of everything from Serato DJ, Traktor and Rekordbox to Ableton Live.


Meet Surface fan Hapa Perdue   DJ, show host and executive director of Scratch  ...

You’ve been using Surface for a couple years now. What was your first experience withSurface?

Funny enough, the first time I used the Surface Pro 3 was during my performances out in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. I was a bit skeptical at first with how the Surface would be able to replace the laptop, but after that trip became a huge fan.The portability of the Surface is amazing and the thing was a workhorse!

What do you like most about your Surface?

I love to see people’s reactions to me having it in the booth. Since it has the form factor of a tablet, people are surprised to see me using it and especially TOUCHING it! I use touch on a daily basis and don’t know how I would live without it. Sometimes when switching to other devices, it’s common for me to still try and touch the screen. I’ve been able to design a few different performance templates with it and use it with multiple devices to even give the audience a way to interact with me when I am performing. The best part is being able to switch between the keyboard and tablet mode. I also love the pen for taking notes as I’m big on physically writing notes down.


Meet Surface fan Hapa Perdue   DJ, show host and executive director of Scratch  ...
What’s a project you’ve done that you’re proudest of?

I’ve been blessed to have reached many milestones throughout my career, but the things that I am most proud of is being able to use the platform that I have to help other people. I help run the largest DJ school in the world, being able to give education and access to passionate music lovers who want to express themselves. I also am really proud of the work we’ve been able to do with the Epilepsy community to help spread awareness for the disease close to my heart.

Tell us about a recent or cool side project you’re working on that you’re really excitedabout?

It’s not exactly a side project, but I’ve started a DJ-led band with some of my producer friends and other talented musicians. The name of the group is Phil N Good and we’re definitely picking up momentum and traction with some of our recent releases and remixes this past year. We just finished up a record honoring the great Sergio Mendes in the spirit of the 50th anniversary of his hit, “Mas Que Nada” and the Summer Olympic Games.

Twitter: @djhapa / Instagram: @djhapa / Facebook: djhapa / djhapa.com

Updated October 13, 2016 10:02 am

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