A world-renowned DJ and former pupil returned to inspire students at Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Voluntary Academy.
Nathan Dawe, who still lives in Stretton, left the Burton school 10 years ago and this was the first time that he has revisited Blessed Robert Sutton CVA.
As well as hosting a question and answer session with students he also greeted some of his former teachers and was given a tour.
He said: “It’s been 10 years since I came to this school and this is the first time I’ve come back. I’m really eager to see if it’s changed; it’s surreal. It was a nice community and everyone helped and encouraged me. I enjoyed my time here and I’ve still got the friendship group that I had when I was here. It’s just nice to come back and see teachers who were here when I was and to meet the kids.”
Nathan has already completed a sell-out 16-date tour, which even included the 02 Academy in Birmingham, where he performed to a crowd of more than 3,000 – something he said was his proudest moment so far.
He said there was lots of new music on the horizon but a song that had been due for release imminently has had to be delayed due to the massive popularity of ‘Flowers’ which was played on this year’s Love Island show.
The 25-year-old, who has 751,655 monthly listeners on Spotify, urged students to follow their dreams and not to be deterred by other people’s opinions.
He said: “I started DJ-ing at school discos and parties when I was 11. When I was older I knew that I wanted to turn my hobby into a full-time job. I actually didn’t choose music at school, I chose IT and German. I think some of the IT helps me now because I work with computers.
“I think if you say you want to do something in music people sometimes look down on you. I think saying you want to be a DJ is quite a brave thing to say when you are young. When people are negative about it you should use that as fuel. You have to be careful who you have around you and if people say to you that you won’t be able to do it then just prove them wrong. You are going to have lots of setbacks. I wanted to be a DJ who travelled the world but to do that I had to forfeit a lot of my own time to put into my craft.
“I knew there were lots of DJs out there so I had to work out what my USP was and it was to play lots of different types of music, there was no-one else really doing that. I was getting booked for gigs on the back of that and it just snowballed from there. In the summer I was a resident DJ in Zante and the rest of the time I would be in this country. I just started being asked for photos and then I posted some music online and it went viral; it had something like one million hits in a week.”
Acting headteacher Laura O’Leary thanked Nathan for coming back and helping to inspire students currently in Year 9 and 10. She said: “We would like to thank Nathan for taking the time to come and speak to our students. Hopefully they took on board his message about the hard work and dedication that is needed to achieve your dreams – Nathan is a great example of that and we are sure he will go on to achieve even more success in the future. We are extremely proud to say that he is a former student at Blessed Robert Sutton CVA.”