Born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, raised in Montreal, Canada, and Newark, New Jersey, DJ Hard Hittin Harry, is a 41 year veteran making it happen all over the clubs, mixtapes, internet, and television.
This year marks 41 years since Harry started deejaying back in 1979.
Back on October 3, 2009 (Harry’s actual birthday), he was presented with a plaque by The Father of Hip-hop Culture DJ Kool Herc in honor of 30 years keeping the music playing and people dancing through the decades.
On November 9, 2019, The Haitian Roundtable Organization inducted Harry as one of the Haitian-American Changemakers of the United States. He was presented this award by entertainment mogul Mona Scott-Young and America’s psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere.
Currently residing in Brooklyn, DJ Hard Hittin Harry entertains his audience blending unique styles of the latest and classic Hip-hop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Soca, Afrobeat, Haitian Kompas, Zouk, House, Techno, and much more. He is a MASTER at his craft and all those that experience his vibe at a party or special event will testify to this fact.
The landmark of Harry’s DJ career was his involvement with The Fugees. In 1993, Harry was introduced to Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Pras at New Jersey’s Booga Basement studio through a friend after which he became their official DJ. Harry briefly toured with The Fugees for their debut Sony/Ruffhouse/Columbia album project, “Blunted on Reality.”
Shortly after Harry’s one-year stint with the Fugees, he began publicity work at the Manhattan-based Double XXposure PR Firm. He began as an intern and quickly graduated to the ranks of Senior Publicist within one month, where he remained for three years (1994-1997). “During my years at Double XXPosure I worked publicity campaigns and image consulting for Dru Hill, Patra, Shabba Ranks, Soul 4 Real, Uncle Luke, The Isley Brothers, and many more.
In 1997, Harry established his very own boutique PR company Meridian Entertainment along with his longtime friend and business partner, Lisa “Chase” Patterson. Meridian Entertainment has represented numerous record labels, recording artists, producers, actors, special events, and clothing brands.
As a professional DJ, Hard Hittin Harry held residencies at numerous venues & spun for corporate events all over the NYC area including Hotel Gansevoort, Fashion Forty, Santos Partyhouse, 230 Fifth Penthouse, Highline Ballroom, Negril Village, Soco Bklyn, Diesel stores, Adidas, Niketown, Details Magazine, ASPCA, and many more.
Harry has appeared spinning three times on PIX-11 Morning News, FOX 5 Good Day New York 3 times (more than any other DJ), and received a multitude of press including the cover of Metro New York, Details, GQ, and New York Post to name a few.
Recently Harry and his cousin Jimmy “DJ Super JB” Brea formed a music and film production company called 305-718 Music spawning several music releases including an award-winning documentary short film titled, “Dear Father”, an exploration of Fatherhood. (VIDEO CLIP)
As a philanthropist & humanitarian, Harry has also helped raise money for the following Haitian organizations: Helping Hands Bring Sunshine, Community 2 Community (C2C Haiti), Rural Haiti Project, Life For The World, Yele Haiti, and Fund of Restoration of The Parish of St. John The Baptist (Children of the Valley of Jacmel). Harry is an active member in his community working with numerous non-profits including Haiti Cultural Exchange and The Haitian Roundtable promoting the cultural expressions of Haitian people.
As an educator, Harry has taught at the Manhattan-based DUBSPOT NYC. He has mentored and taught at various NYC schools and Summer intensive programs. He is currently one of the resident instructors and partners for EM-Studio, an arts, wellness, and virtual community oasis.
In an effort to leave a long-lasting legacy, Harry teaches a weekly course on the history and inception of DJ CULTURE. The course features guest DJ Pioneers speaking about their contribution to DJ science & culture, as well as a weekly study of the performance and technical aspects of deejaying.
Harry and his team Haitian All-StarZ can be heard on the airwaves of WBAI 99.5 FM (Pacifica Radio) late Monday evenings/early Tuesday morning 2:00AM – 4:00AM. The show is called HAITIAN ALL-STARZ RADIO on WBAI 99.5 FM also streaming online WBAI.ORG.
Harry recently rocked the Capital Jazz SuperCruise 2020 spinning opening sets for Fantasia, SWV, Deborah Cox, Morris Day & The Time, Comedians Sinbad, Michael Colyar and many more!
Harry has spun longtime residencies at Red Rooster (Harlem), Bed-Vyne Brew, Soco Lounge, and the world famous Apollo Theater for it’s monthly Apollo Music Café Music Series.
DJ Hard Hittin Harry is definitely one to watch. Keep your eyes and ears wide open…and pay close attention.