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DJ Harry has disco lovers in a spin with pop music

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • DJ Harry Lavender

  • Young DJ Harry Lavender behind the decks.

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A TEN-YEAR-OLD has been making pocket money for himself by taking to the decks.

Young entrepreneur Harry Lavender is making quite a name for himself in the local disco world.

The St Edward's Academy student first took to the decks at a family party in the summer of 2012, when he took an interest in the work of local DJ James Molden, who was providing the tunes for the party.

Harry said: "I have always liked music – especially pop music.

"I took an interest in what James was playing at the party and he let me have a go on the decks."

Harry, who lives in Leekbrook, had his first DJ set-up for Christmas 2012 with a Numark twin deck player and mixer, after having a series of DJ lessons with James.

Harry said: "It's about making sure the songs flow and that the last song and the next song have the same beat as they merge.

"You can also change the tempo of a song to do this."

Harry's first solo DJ gig was at his grandma's surprise 70th birthday party in January last year.

Since then he has DJ'd at school events, as well as weddings and birthdays of family and friends.

Harry said: "This is something that I want to do when I am older. I would really like to be able to go out to Ibiza and DJ when I am an adult."

Harry likes to play a range of tunes and chooses particular sets depending on his audience.

He said: "I have got so many favourites acts, but some of my favourite to play include Swedish House Mafia, and Gangnam Style always goes down well.

"I enjoy playing music and also watching people enjoy the music that I play.

"I do competitions where by I throw sweets out to the best dancers."

When not at school or gigging Harry practices his DJing skills and also mixes tunes,at his family's home.

His sister, Meg, aged 12, said: "I am quite proud of Harry. He plays a set smoothly.

"It's great because now I have a DJ for my birthday parties."

Harry's mum, Gill Lavender, added: "Harry has always liked gadgets. I am happy that he has found a hobby that he enjoys.

"Yes the equipment can be expensive, but he can build it up over the years.

"I think it is quite unique really because, when he does children's parties, he is at the same level as them and understands what sort of music they want to listen and dance to.

"Also, I think it can often be intimidating for children having an adult as a DJ for their parties. With Harry being a child himself, he is at their level.

"He knows all the new tunes and what the latest fads are."

Harry, who has also been gaining tips of the trade from Red Lion DJ and Moorlands Radio presenter Gary Dunn, was invited to spend several hours at the local radio station recently.

Harry said: "I got a good insight into radio presenting which I quite enjoyed."

Now Harry is offering his DJing services to people in the local area, and even has his own business card which he has available at his gigs for potential customers.

Anyone interested in hiring Harry to DJ at a children's disco, wedding or party can call his mum on 07803 149080 or email djhaz03@hotmail.co.uk.

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