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Robbert van de Corput (born 7 January 1988), better known by his stage name Hardwell, is a Dutch electro house[1] DJ, record producer and remixer from Breda. Robbert was voted the World's No. 1 DJ on DJ Mag in 2013,[2] and again in 2014. He is ranked at No. 4 on DJ Mag Top 100 DJs 2017 poll. Hardwell is best known for his sets at music festivals, including Ultra Music Festival, Sunburn and Tomorrowland.

Hardwell first gained recognition in 2009 for his bootleg of "Show Me Love vs. Be". He founded the record label Revealed Recordings in 2010 and a radio show and podcast Hardwell On Air in 2011. He has released eight compilation albums through his label, as well as a documentary film. His debut studio album, United We Are, was released in 2015.[3][4]


Hardwell at Summer Sound Festival 2012


Hardwell's pseudonym comes from an idea of his father, who translated his surname into Latin and English. "Cor" means "heart" and "Put" means "well". However, he changed the "heart" to "hard".[5]

Early life

Robbert Van de Corput was born in 1988 in Breda, to Anneke[6] and Cor van de Corput. At the age of four he began taking piano lessons and attended a music school.[7] At the age of twelve, he produced his first songs in the field of electro, while performing as a hip-hop-DJ.[8] At a young age, he was also active in various areas of Martial arts, including Judo.

Musical beginnings

Through his participation in various competitions, he became known in Breda's DJ-scene. He was influenced by the DJ and producer Tiësto, who also came from Breda.[9]

As hip-hop became an underground scene, Hardwell changed his genre to commercial electronic dance music. He started producing remixes and uploaded them on several platforms on the Internet. At the age of 14 he was offered a record deal with "Digidance" by Dutch producer duo Klubbheads. Three weeks later he made a first official release with the two-disc-record "Bubbling Beats 1",[10] whereupon he toured through the Netherlands and appeared in a number of dance clubs.[11] His first official single "Play It Around" came out in 2006, and was played in German clubs. The single featured a combination of popular musical genres, as well as his own style.

2007-2010: Musical breakthrough and "Revealed Recordings"

Logo of his record label

At the end of 2007 Hardwell released the song "Never Knew Love", which was produced as a collaboration with Greatski; the song placed on the official German single-charts.[12] Remixes for Gregor Salto's and Chuckie's "Toys Are" together with Dutch DJ and producer R3hab as well as a mix of "You Do not Love Me" Sidney Samson and Skitzofrenix in 2008 remained at the top of the dance charts for weeks. Also in 2008 he produced a mash up of the tracks "Be" by Steve Angello and Laidback Luke and "Show Me Love" by Robin S..

Hardwell's bootleg with the title "Show Be Love", was played by many DJs and was praised by Laidback Luke and Steve Angello.[13] In December 2008 the two producers released the track as an official cover version of "Show Me Love". A new remix by Hardwell was contained on the single.[14]

In 2009, Tiësto invited Hardwell to one of his performances. They performed together on the stage, and this exposure in the Netherlands led to gigs on media events, including the "Dancevalley Festival", who's official anthem was produced by him under the title of "Twilight Zone".

In 2010 Hardwell founded his own record label "Revealed Recordings", for the purpose of releasing electronic dance music by young talents.[15] He contracted with EDM-artists, including the duo W&W as well as his personal friends Dannic and Dyro. Each year Revealed Recordings releases a compilation called "Hardwell Presents Revealed", containing tracks released by the label together with Hardwell's own new songs. On the fifth anniversary, a sampler was released containing the 100 most popular tracks, chosen by a vote through Revealed's website.[16] The top three were Hardwell's "Spaceman", KSHMR and DallasK's "Burn", and "Left Behind" by Paris Blohm & Taylr Renee.[17]

2011-2012: "Hardwell on Air" & "Spaceman"

Logo of his radio show

In 2011, he signed a record deal with the German record label "Kontor Records", giving his releases wider distribution. In March 2011 Hardwell initiated his own podcast "Hardwell On Air", a one-hour selection of songs by various artists. The podcast is broadcast by a number of radio stations, including Slam! In the Netherlands as well as Sirius XM in the United States.[18]

In the same year, Hardwell collaborated with Tiësto to produce the track "Zero 76",[19] named for the telephone prefix "076" of their hometown Breda. The pair also appeared at the Tomorrowland festival in Belgium in 2014. On YouTube their "b2b"-set has been watched by millions of people. The successor single "Cobra" appeared on the Dutch single charts.[20] The track was used as a theme song for the festival "Trance Energy 2011" and reached position 1 of the Beatport charts. "Encoded" followed with a similar success and was used as the introsong for his podcast.[21]

Hardwell and Dannic during the MOX Revealed Bus Party 2013

In 2011, Hardwell was ranked in the "Top 100 DJs" category by DJ Mag for the first time and jumped on # 24 as the second-highest entry newcomer behind Skrillex.[22] At the International Dance Music Awards 2012, he won the Best Break-Through DJ award.[23]

On 31 July 2012, the track "Spaceman" was released. It sold over half a million times in the US.[24] It was played extensively in clubs and festivals in 2012. Also it gets titled as one of the songs, that created the Big room house genre. A vocal version with Mitch Crown could reach a chart position. In the following years, several remixes of the song were published, as well as a mash-up with a Hardwell-produced hardstyle remix of Blasterjaxx and W&W's "Rocket", which he often used for sets as an outro song. The Mash-Up received very positive criticism[] and was viewed several hundred thousand times on the internet.

Hardwell appeared as a headliner at several festivals, including Creamfields, Electric Zoo Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival and Nature One.[25] He also performed at Tomorrowland 2012,[26] and released a related video which received tens of millions of clicks. In the fall of 2012 Hardwell reached the sixth place in the ranking list DJ Mag Top 100.

2013: Opening of the "I Am Hardwell Tour" & "Best DJ of the World"

On 29 January 2013, Hardwell started a bus tour through Canada, together with his DJ colleagues and best friends Dannic and Dyro. This was done in connection with "Revealed-Recordings" and gave the trio the name "Dutch-House-Mafia".[27] Dyro and Dannic also accompanied Hardwell on his North America tour in summer 2013.[28]

The single "Apollo", released on 1 February 2013, reached the charts of many European countries, including Austria, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The singer of the song is Amba Shepherd.[29] Shortly after, the song "Never Say Goodbye", displaying a similar style, was released. Hardwell recorded the song with his friend Dyro and the American singer Heather Bright a.k.a. Bright Lights.[30] In April 2013, he launched his first worldwide tour entitled "I Am Hardwell." That year he performed on the main stage at the Ultra Music Festival, toppling his Tomorrowland Liveset from the previous year from the first place of the most viewed live-DJ-sets with over 80,000 viewers.[31]

Hardwell is voted number one DJ

In the summer of 2013 he also appeared as headliner at Tomorrowland. Later in the summer, the single "Jumper" appeared in collaboration with the DJ duo W&W. It represents the biggest club-hit of the whole year together with Martin Garrix' "Animals" and DVBBS' "Tsunami".[32] Hardwell also adapted his style of the growing big-room house fan base with "Countdown", with which he reached the German single-charts once again.[33] With the American singer Matthew Koma, he released the track "Dare You" at the end of 2013, which followed the success of "Apollo".

In the fall of 2013, he became the youngest DJ to be voted as the #1 DJ by DJ Mag.

2014: Documentary & works on the debut album

In January 2014 Hardwell published the documentary "I Am Hardwell", which tells the story of his career. For this documentary he was accompanied by the director Robin Piree for two and a half years.[34] His life's motto is "If you can dream it, you can do it", because as a 16-year-old he dreamed of being the best DJ in the world.[35] The film documents his most successful moments; a soundtrack of the film was released separately.

Hardwell at Electric Love Festival 2013

As the first result of his work the track "Eclipse", which opened each of his Livesets since November 2013 came up. Among fans, the ID track received the unofficial title "Titan", with the demands for its publication a running gag among his fans.[36] In an interview with DJ Magazine, Hardwell promised to release his album in 2014.[37] Many tracks from the new album were introduced by Hardwell at the Ultra Music Festival 2014 as well as the Tomorrowland Festival.[38]

After a first collab came out, Hardwell the possibility to work with Tiësto again arose.

Hardwell and Tiësto performed a set, "Hardwell & Tiësto b2b", at Tomorrowland 2014, and announced their latest collaboration. One track featured Matthew Koma's vocals.[39] Hardwell then devoted himself to completing his album.

In September 2014 the release of his studio album was postponed to the beginning of 2015.[37] At the same time, the third official single release came out of the album. It is titled "Young Again" and contains vocals from British singer Chris Jones. The song was produced similar to "Dare You", not basing on big-room style, but basing on a melodious progressive house-drop.[40] As with "Dare You", the single missed the entry to the German single-charts, despite high downloads chart placements.[41]

In November 2014, Hardwell presented the single "Don't Stop the Madness" with W&W and American rapper Fatman Scoop as the third single release of his album.[42]

In December 2014 Hardwell announced the official tracklist and cover of the album.[43] Collaborations with DJs like Tiësto or Headhunterz as well as singers like Andreas Moe or Mr. Probz. Also, first previews of some of the songs, including the track "Follow Me", which was recorded in collaboration with R&B-singer Jason Derulo. At the same time, he announced his second world tour called "I Am Hardwell - United We Are"[44] At the end of the year 2014, a minimix of the album unintentionally succeeded in the Internet and was virally distributed within minutes. In January 2015 the instrumental song "Eclipse" was released as a download single.[43]

In the DJ-Mag placements, he held his number-one position for one more year.

2015: "United We Are"

Hardwell in San Lorenzo

Already prior to the release of the album, his Podcast "Hardwell On Air" celebrated the 200th episode which made new animations being introduced in the video releases.[45] Number 201 of the podcast had the subtitle "United We Are" on it and was a pure presentation of all the tracks of his album.

On 23 January 2015 "United We Are" has been published worldwide. The single "Sally" was released one week before on 16 January 2015. It is a combination of rock music, big-room and Melbourne bounce.[46] The track was recorded with the British singer-songwriter Harrison Shaw and is the first song of the Dutch DJ, which was able to enter the German single charts. As a "Thank you" for the massive support of his album and the celebration of two million followers on Twitter, Hardwell uploaded a video of the first two hours of the kick-off event to his new tour at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 24 January 2015.[47] End of April In 2015, the single "Echo", sung by singer-songwriter Jonathan Mendelsohn, followed. Both the trance-song and the complex music video received positive criticism.[48]

On the "Ultra Music Festival" 2015 Hardwell presented numerous other unpublished songs like "Mad World" with the singer Jake Reese, "Survivors" with Dannic & Haris, "Off the Hook" with Armin Van Buuren, as well as numerous tracks from artists who were signed to his label. In addition, there were performances on "Tomorrowland Brazil" and "Tomorrowland". Together with DJs like Dannic, Dyro, W&W, Kill the Buzz, Headhunterz and Newcomer Julian Calor, he hosted his own "Revealed" Stage, named after his label.[49] In September 2015, there was also a performance at the TomorrowWorld festival in the USA.

In July 2015, the sixth episode of his Revealed-Presents compilation was released in parallel with "Survivors", which, similar to its predecessors, gained great success. In addition, the W&W remix of his song "Birds Fly" and his upcoming single "Chameleon" was presented for the first time.[50] "Chameleon", a Jungle Terror collaboration with producer Wiwek followed one week later as a single.[51] Two months later, the release of his Armin-van-Buuren-Collab "Off the Hook" followed. On the one hand, the old-school touch was praised; on the other hand, the song was also described as a very special.[52] Just some weeks later "Mad World", which has been expected since May 2015, was released and features vocals by Jake Reese. However, the melody of Leadsound contains a melody-sample of the song "Smile with Your Eyes" by the musician Yeck Mar.[53]

In October 2015 he lost his top position of the DJ Mags to the Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. In the course of this, a series of criticism followed. As a reason of that was mentioned, that they worked with disproportionate promos-actions.[54]

Hardwell live at the Mysteryland

During the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) in October 2015 Hardwell's second documentary "I Am Hardwell - Living The Dream", directed by Robin Piree, was premiered. Two days later, on 13 October 2015, the film went on in cinemas. On 7 November 2015 Hardwell presented the biggest DJ-solo show in Germany, held in collaboration with the "BigCityBeats World Club Dome". It took place in Arena AufSchalke in front of a record crowd of about 40,000 attendees. The normal tickets for this concert were sold out within three days.

A remix version of his studio album "United We Are" was released in December 2015.[55] It contained the original tracklist, but all songs were remixed by different artists, including W&W, Vicetone and Frontliner. The entire tracklist was presented in episode 244 of his Hardwell on Air podcast.[56] In parallel he and Armin van Buuren each presented an action figure; this caused moderate criticism, because of the high price.[57]

On 13 December 2015, Hardwell organized a free concert entitled "The Biggest Guestlist" in Mumbai. With this performance, he did a world record of the same name. In addition, he donated all the proceeds of the festival as well as the ones from the fans to the Magic Bus Charity Project, which enables children from poor backgrounds to achieve better education in cooperation with the "United We Are Foundation" and "Guestlistevents in".[58]

2016: Final "I Am Hardwell" performance & movement to the hardstyle

Hardwell at the "Biggest Guestlist" in India

On 8 January 2016, the song Perfect World by the Dutch singer Maan de Steenwinkel appeared. It was released as part of the casting show The Voice of Holland, whose sixth season she won. The title was produced by Hardwell. The song went up to 31th place in the Dutch single charts. He commented on the cooperation:

I've met Maan 3 weeks ago as I also followed her performances on 'The Voice Of Holland' from the beginning. I think she is a great talent and I know for sure that she will have a successful career in the music industry. She has my full support and I'm proud to be the producer of her first single 'Perfect World'

-- Hardwell[59]

"Hollywood" with Afrojack appeared on 25 January 2016 and jumped directly to # 1 on the Beatport charts. The second single of the year was the second collaboration with Jake Reese Run Wild . However, already in summer 2015 in was announced to be released in March 2016.[60] The final release found place on 29 February 2016.[61] Unlike "Mad World" "Run Wild" is much more electro-house-heavy, having Hardstyle-synthes on it as well. Just a month later, on 29 March 2016, Hardwell published his Kura-collaboration "Calavera". This one reached the first place on the Beatport charts again.[62]

At the Ultra Music Festival in 2016, he premiered the final version of his W&W collaboration. The instrumental version was already played in 2013. A first finished version was premiert in 2013 and contains vocals by Harrison. Anyway the three musicians haven't been satisfied with that version, which led to the productions of the version with Crunk-vocals of the US rapper Lil Jon. In addition, Hardwell played his next release, "8Fifty", in collaboration with his revealed colleague Thomas Newson.[63] However, the release was heavily criticized since Hardwell has a lot of alternative projects running, which accord to higher potential. These include "Live the Night", "MusicBox" or "What We Need". In addition, a collaboration with Craig David, who appeared live on stage, the second production with Blasterjaxx "Going Crazy" and a Kaaze-Collab produced with a progressive-house-style celebrated their premiere.

On 20 May 2016, his remix of The Chainsmokers' and Daya's "Don't Let Me Down", produced in collaboration with Sephyx, was released as a remix-single.[64] This can be classified without any doubt into the Hardstyle-genre and is, according to his "Rocket"/ "Spaceman"-mash-up and "Nothing Can Hold Us Down" his third production in that genre.

Hardwell on the Cover of the Revealed Volume 7

On 24 June 2016 Hardwell published the seventh part of his "Hardwell-presents-Revealed" compilations. In the course of this release appeared also the studio versions of his solo hardstyle debut "Wake Up Call" and the title "Going Crazy", which is also here as Mash-Up with "Apollo". "Wake Up Call" continued to be released on 3 August 2016 as a free download. On 29 August 2016, he finally released "Going Crazy", his second collaboration with Blasterjaxx on Beatport.[65]

The collaboration with Craig David, called No Holding Back, which was premiered at Ultra-Music Festival, was released on 19 August 2016. This single was particularly appreciated by critics, as it was the first time since his collaboration with Funkerman on United We Are, the he proves his skills in deeper sounds. Especially elements of the UK Garage and Deep House sound were used.[66] On the other hand, the criticism of the fans of his usual big-room style was rather low. In his final concert of his tour, just one week later the fans waited in vain for a guest appearance by Craig David and the title remained utterly unplayed. Not even the much more aggressive remix of Henry Fong took place in one of his sets, which caused a lot of confusion.

In his performance at the BigCityBeats World Club Dome, Hardwell announced that his last show of the "I Am Hardwell - United We Are" world tour would be taking place on 27 August, at Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Together with Big City Beats, the largest lighting installation in Germany was planned to be created. In this case a roof of light, above the Hockenheimring was supposed to be erected. In addition, the light show and the design of the Mainstage were described as breathtaking. As warm-up acts, Funkerman, Kill The Buzz and Dannic were playing from 5:00 to 08:30 pm. Hardwell played in contrast to his other shows, 3½, instead of 2 hours. As guests, he brought singer Haris on stage for his upcoming single "What We Need" as well as hardstyle DJ Atmozfears for their collaboration. In spite of temperatures of more than 35 °C, free water was renounced, which is one of the few criticisms.[67]

On 13 October 2016 the short-term single "Thinking About You" was released together with singer Jay Sean. This single also contained features of the Pop-music, as well as influences of Future and Commercial House. On the other hand, the song was high on the download charts and the radio program.[68] Hardwell finally produced a festival remix together with Revealed colleague Kaaze at the end of October 2016, with which he covered the Progressive House section.[69] Hardwell's "Get Down" together with W&W hit a few weeks later on Hardwell on Air. He was already playing that track since March 2016, where UMF was hold and was supposed to be the announced collaboration with Yellow Claw for a long time.[70]

Hardwell live with Atmozfears at the final concert of his tour at Hockenheimring 2016

In the DJ-Mag placements, Hardwell fell down the rankings again, this time ranking third. In addition, Martin Garrix reached the top, with which he got the rank as the youngest number one. While Hardwell was 25 years at the time of reaching place-one, Garrix was 20.[71] In the course of the controversy surrounding this year's DJ Mag awards, he held a statement at his ADE-performance on 21 October 2016. In this one he challenged the guidelines of the rankings. He explained with the example of Atmozfears that production talent would not matter, since Atmozfears would be way more talented in the studio without any placing on DJ-Mag. Dannic would have a better talent behind the DJ desk and dropped drown in the DJ Mag.[72]

After a collaboration with Atmozfears, Hardstyle's newcomer Dr. Phunk announced a remix EP, around his "Apollo"-remix. In addition to this he mixed the songs "Run Wild" and "Nothing Can Hold Us Down". The EP appeared on 9 December 2016.[73] With the release, he announced a collaboration and a second EP. For this he took "Young Again" among a few other tracks.[74]

On 12 December 2016 he released the song "Baldadig", which was produced in collaboration with the DJ Quintino.[75] This was received by the fans a far more positive than "Get Down". A mash-up with the song "Temperature" by Sean Paul was very popular. Shortly thereafter, a reworked version of the song "Crank" from Jewelz & Sparks appeared on "Revealed Recordings". There he first operated with the pseudonym "HWL".[76]

2017: Second studio album

Spring 2017: Reformation of the label & UMF-performance

In Laidback Luke's Mixmash podcast of 1 January 2017, the studio version of Hardwell's second collaboration with "Revealed" member Kura was premiered on 1 January 2017. Earlier in 2016, the track was called "You Ain't Ready", and was featured in Kura's radio show, consisted only of bridge and drop. By the end, the track was renamed to "Police".[77] The song represents a crossover of the genres reggae, big-room, hardstyle and trap.

Hardwell on the 300th episode of his Hardwell-on-Air podcast

On 2 January 2017, Hardwell released the song "Break the House Down", which he produced together with Kill The Buzz in December 2015. This is the first publication in the new "Revealed" design.[78] Due to his 29th birthday on 7 January 2017, he released the song "Party till the Daylight" as a birthday gift for free. He entered the bass house genre for the first time with that track. This was deceiving, as people were speculating if Hardwell was really the man behind the track since the premiere in June 2016.[79] He also announced that the 300th episode of his "Hardwell-on-Air" on 20 January 2017 would be a very special episode. Guest appearances were done by Blasterjaxx, Wiwek, Jay Hardway, Don Diablo, Suyano, and Kill The Buzz. In addition, Dr. Phunk was an interview partner.[80]

From 2 to 3 February 2017 Hardwell made a reworked version of the song "Spaceman" available for a free download. This was due to the 5 year anniversary. The new version included vocals by singer Heather Bright.[81] The common version already appeared as a free-track from Bright Light's site in 2015. Hardwell said that he organized a contest for the best vocal version of the song after the instrumental version was released back in 2012. Already at that time Heather Bright sent her version and Hardwell himself chose that one as a final vocal version. The management, however, decided for Mitch Crown's "Call Me A Spaceman".[82]

On 10 February 2017 the song "Go Down Low" by Badd Dimes was premiered in the 300th "Hardwell-on-Air" episode.[83] Title track of the single is a remixed form of the song, done by Hardwell. In parallel, Dr. Phunk announced that their announced collaboration had been finished.[84] In January 2017, his collaboration with producer Kaaze was finished. New vocals by Jonathan Mendelsohn were added but the release was delayed up to summer 2017. At the Ultra Music Festival 2017 on 25 March 2017 he premiered new productions with Austin Mahone, Maddix, Moksi and Henry Fong. Critics praised his set since he decided to play a strong variation of musical styles and presented many new songs, which made his appearance different from others.[85]

On 12 May 2017 Hardwell released his single "Creatures Of The Night" featuring Austin Mahone. This track did not represent his typical big-room style, but more of the future bass style, which was very popular in in 2017. In his home country, the song entered the official single charts. In other European countries, "Creatures of the Night" achieved high rankings in both streaming and download portals.

Summer 2017 "Make the World Ours" & "Hardwell & Friends EP'S"

Hardwell live at Airbeat One Festival 2017

On 20 June 2017 Hardwell released the first version of the song "We Are One" on Taiwanese record label Eternal Music. This version was done for the Asian market and features vocals of Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai.[86] As an instrumental version, the song got its premiere at the Ultra Music Festival of the previous year and was suspected to be a collaboration with Julian Calor or Armin Van Buuren. In fact, the track was just solo.

At the end of June 2017 a track by Hardwell could be heard during the so-called "Endshow" of the Saturday of the Defqon.1-Festival. The footage that was used in the video revealed the official name as "Make The World Ours". This song can be classified into the genre hardstyle and received very positive feedback. Two days later, on 20 June 2017, Hardwell published it officially on his own record label. It was speculated beforehand that the track would be released on "Q-Dance".[87]

For summer 2017 the publication of two EPs was announced. At Ultra Europe, Hardwell premiered a collaboration with the Dutch dj duo Sick Individuals, that had been working on his record label for years. He also played the second collaboration with Afrojack, which had previously been rumored to be an Afrojack & KIIDA production. The song was completed after Hardwell's private jet had to make an emergency landing and Afrojack took him to his plane.[88]

In the 326th episode of his "Hardwell-on-Air" podcast, published on 21 July 2017, he announced that the first part of his "Hardwell & Friends EP" would be released on upcoming Friday. Until then, he wanted to release the songs as singles day by day. The song "We Are Legends", which developed in collaboration with Kaaze and Jonathan Mendelsohn, represented the beginning of that project on 24 July 2017.[89] On 25 July there appeared the official "Revealed" version of his track "We Are One". This version did not include Jolin Tsai's vocals, but instead of that the voice of Alexander Tidebrink. "Police (You Ain't Ready)" with Kura followed the next day. Also named on the single, was reggae artist Anthony B, whose vocals were part of a sampled, that was used in the break. The tracks roots reach back to January 2016, where Kura already presented the first drop of the song in his podcast "Ambush Radioshow". The releasing series continued on the following day by the track "All That We Are Living For". This song developed in cooperation with Dutch hardstyle dj Atmozfears and singer M.Bronx and was already premiered a year earlier at the final "I Am Hardwell Show" at "Hockenheimring" in Germany. "Smash This Beat" ended the week. The track represents the latest production, due to its first play at Ultra Music Festival 2017 and was recorded together with newcomer dj Maddix.

In the 330th episode of his radio show, he teased the tracklist of the second part of the second volume of his "Hardwell & Friends EP". Already several days before, the cover was released and due to that every collaboration partner as well as the associated ids. "Badam", that was recorded together dj Henry Fong and vocalist Mr. Vegas, was already announced to be a part of the EP in early June 2017 in an interview at Ultra Singapore. Hardwell and Mr. Vegas came in contact by a festival promoter, while Fong and him were already in contact for years. Secondly there is a first official collaboration with Kill the Buzz, after they were already working together on the tracks "Don't Give Up" and "Break the House Down", more or less uncredited. Titled as "Still the One" the song was played earlier this year by Kill the Buzz for the first time. At that time, it was not prognosticated to be a collaboration-track, among other things, because it was never played by Hardwell. A reason for that is, that the track consist of an instrumental track, which was produced by Kill the Buzz alone and some vocals Hardwell originally recorded for a collaboration track with Max Collins. They decided to combine the tracks after noticing, they fit together. The oldest track is represented by the song "What We Need", due to its premiere at Queens Domain in early 2015. After the track was not released in summer 2016, although Hardwell and Haris confirmed it as their upcoming single when they performed it together at Hockenheimring in Germany, they didn't mention the song in a proper context and didn't perform it longer.- Haris then replied a tweet on twitter on August, 1st, in which he confirmed, that they plan "something special" with it. Beside a bass house track with Moksi, that was premiered at Ulra Music Festival 2017, called "Powermove", also the collaboration track with Dr. Phunk is part of the ep. The song is called "Here Once Again" and was already confirmed to be released in early July 2017, but due to the releases of the eps, the release was postponed.

Autumn 2017: "Power" with KSHMR

In the end of August 2017 Hardwell confirmed that he is working on the third "Hardwell & Friends EP". In an interview he also announced the third part of his "Hardwell & Friends EPs". He also announced the completion of the ninth collaboration with W&W.

On September 22, 2017, Hardwell and KSHMR released their collaboration track "Power", premiered in April 2017, was published on KSHMR's "Spinnin' Records" imprint "Dharma Worldwide". This track represets Hardwell's first release on "Spinnin' Records" since "Zero 76" with Tiësto came out on that label back in 2011. As a co-writer Shermanology-member Andy Sherman as well as Jarrad Kritzstein worked together with them. After the release was announced in late August 2017, Hardwell premiered the studio version on September 2, 2017 in his "Hardwell On Air" podcast. In the course of their collaboration, they hosted one episode of the "Spinnin' Sessions" and on the other an episode of "Revealed Radio".

On 6 October 2017 Hardwell published his third collaboration with Afrojack, titled "Hands Up". Like the predecessor "Hollywood", the track is based on a classic Dirty Dutch style. Another part of the track is Afrojack's live show supporter MC Ambush. In contrast to the two previous collaborations, Afrojack's record label "Wall Recordings" acted as the main label.

After the official announcement of the eighth volume of his "Hardwell presents Revealed" series via Instagram-Story at the beginning of September 2017, the release was announced to happen on 13 October 2017. In addition to the songs of his two Hardwell & Friends EPs, it also contains the intro of his 2017 live shows, "Who's in the House", as well as the unpublished track "The Universe", which in the meantime was thought to be a collaboration with Pitchback, Headhunterz or W&W.

Also on Instagram, Hardwell announced on 2 October 2017, to publish his first own perfume called "Hardwell Eclipse". The fragrance is available as of 20 October 2017 with the motto "The New Sound in Fragrance".

During the Amsterdam Music Festival on October 21, 2017, which included the release of this year's DJ-Mag Top 100 list, he first played a "back2back" live set with Armin van Buuren, which was previously announced as "Two is One". They gave a foretaste of their collab appearance in August 2017 with their 15-minute surprise performance at Dam Square in Amsterdam. As in the previous year, Hardwell lost a place in the DJ-Mag ranking and slipped to fourth place; third place went to Armin van Buuren.

On 3 November 2017, Hardwell & Quintino released a remix of "Mi Gente" by J Balvin and Willy William. The track features elements from his previous track with Quintino, "Baldadig".

Winter 2017: "Hardwell On Air: Off The Record"

Hardwell On Air: Off The Record

After the first episode was published on Sirius XM on May 26, 2017, Hardwell officially announced a second hour of "Hardwell On Air" on November 16, 2017. This is called "Off The Record" and consists of a selection of songs that are stylistically very different from his normal style. The genre is based on a mix of futures bass, deep and tech house. The fact that Hardwell broadcast the series like this after it was already played on Sirius XM for half a year, the series was started with the 27th episode.


Spring 2018: "Hardwell and Friends EP Vol 3"

On January 18th 2018, Hardwell announced that the third volume of his Hardwell and Friends EP would be releasing soon, with a new track coming out everyday as of 19 January.[] The next day, Hardwell premiered the EP in the 350th episode of "Hardwell On Air". On 19 January 2018, he released "The Underground"[90], a collaboration with Timmy Trumpet. The track was first premiered at Ultra Europe 2017.

Musical style

Hardwell's style can be classified in different sub genres of the electro-house music. He describes his starting style as influenced by the hip-hop underground scene. Between 2005 and 2006, he developed his style more commercially and over time his productions were increasingly based on a mix of Tech House and Dirty Dutch. Around the year 2008 his songs became slower and more commercial. In parallel, he experimented with elements from other genres. During that time, he came up already with build-ups, which were very similar to the big-room genre that had emerged years later. With the release of the Single "Feel So High" in 2009, he published a tech-house song that corresponded to the classical progressive house, which was dying out, especially at the time.[91]

At the beginning of 2010 he joined the growing EDM genre and increased his talent in the area of production with singles like "Move It 2 The Drum" or "Asteroid". 2011 there appeared his first successful singles in the field of electro house with "Zero 76" and "Encoded". With "Spaceman", he co-founded the big-room scene in 2012 and established himself permanently in this subgenre.[92] One year later his singles "Apollo" and "Never Say Goodbye", which gave him a place in the modern progressive house style. By 2015 his singles could only be classified in these two areas.

Hardwell (2013)

On his studio album "United We Are", he used a trance-characteristics of trance music for the first time for his track "Echo" as well as Deep House sounds for "Birds Fly". All in all he received very positive feedback for those productions. In addition, Chameleon followed a song in the Jungle-Terror style, which he continued with the W&W number "Get Down". For the first time since "Don't Stop the Madness", "Hollywood" embodies a track corresponded to the Dirty-German-music in the spring of 2016 in parallel with a previously unpublished production with KURA from the section of the Trap music.

Starting from 2015, his syntheses were increasingly oriented on hardstyle samples. Already his Headhunterz collaboration "Nothing Can Hold Us Down" was created solely on hardstyle-based sounds. Also his solo productions "Run Wild" and "What We Need" contain countless features of this genre. He also presented the song "Wake Up Call" at the Biggest Guestlist Festival in Mumbai, which was initially suspected as the collaboration with Hardstyler Atmozfears, but later was confirmed by Hardwell as a solo production.[93]

Since 2016 he has not only played a hardstyle-drop as a final of his sets, but in the last "I-Am-Hardwell" show at the Hockenheimring in Germany even eight individual titles. At that show he premiered his collaboration with Atmozfears as well and it has almost not even one characteristic of his big-room style. It was also a collaboration with Hardstyle-newcomer Dr. Phunk, which was presented at the end of 2016. He drifted into the raw-style with that track. His single "No Holding Back ", represents his first movement into the UK garage. The track represents elements of the Deep and Tech House scene as well for the first time since he released his Funkerman-Collab "Where Is Here Now".

On 7 January 2017, he released the song "Party till the Daylight", a production in the Bass House style, with which Hardwell made his debut in this genre.[94] At the Ultra Music Festival, he premiered his "Future Bass" debut with the song "Creatures of the Night".[95]


SSL Xlogic G Series Compressor - Studio accessory by Hardwell
Pioneer CDJ-2000 - mixing console with its live performances

By the year 2015 Hardwell still produced in his parents' house in Breda.[96][97] On 20 January 2015, Hardwell first presented his current studio.[98] It was designed by studio designer Jan Morel.[96]

In the studio he works with a Roland A-49 MIDI Keyboard Controller White, Crane Song Avocet Remote II, and a Solid State Logic XLogic G Series Compressor.[99] "reFX Nexus 2" is one of his favourite plugins. On 11 March 2015 he published a soundset for the synthesizer software "Sylenth1".[100]

On his performances, Hardwell is mostly seen with Sennheiser HD 25 II headphones. According to his Technical Rider, he works with a Pioneer DJM-800 Nexus or a DJM-900 Nexus mixer. In addition, his set-up contains four interconnected Pioneer CDJ 2000s.[101]

Personal Information

Hardwell in Bangkok

Hardwell's parents are active in a foundation for DJs that helps young artists deal with contracts, managers and record labels.

In 2016 he was heard as a voice actor in the animated film "The Secret Life of Pets". There he gave his voice to the little pug Mel; he himself is the owner of a pug named Jäger.[102] Since 2014 he is in a relationship with the Dutch event manager Yanicke Agnes. They met in a bar in his hometown of Breda in 2013.[103] His annual salary is estimated at 9.5 million euros.[6]


Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref
2012 IDMA Best Break-Through DJ Hardwell Won [104]
DJ Awards Best European DJ Nominated [105]
2013 IDMA Best Global DJ Won [106]
Best Radio Mix Show DJ Nominated
Best Remixer Won
Best Electro/Progressive House Track Hardwell - Spaceman Nominated
Best Electro/Tech House Track Nominated
Best Podcast Hardwell - Hardwell On Air Nominated
DJ Awards Best Electro-House Hardwell Won [107]
2014 Won
MTV European Music Awards Best Dutch Act Won [108]
Best Electronic Act Nominated
Best World Performance Nominated
IDMA Best Global DJ Won [109]
Best Progressive House/Electro DJ Won
Best Producer Nominated
Best Electro/Progressive House Track Hardwell feat. Amba Shepherd - Apollo Nominated
Best Featured Vocalist Performance Hardwell feat. Amba Shepherd - Apollo Won
Best Podcast or Radio Mixshow DJ Hardwell - Hardwell On Air Nominated
2015 Best Global DJ Hardwell Won [110]
Best Progressive House/Electro DJ Won
Best Artist Nominated
Best Producer Nominated
Best Remixer Nominated
Best Electro/Progressive House Track Hardwell & Joey Dale feat. Luciana - Arcadia Won
Best Compilation or Full Length DJ Mix Hardwell Presents Revealed Volume 5 Won
Best Podcast or Radio Mixshow DJ Hardwell - Hardwell On Air Won
Best Global Music Label Revealed Recordings Nominated
DJ Awards Best International DJ Hardwell Won [111]
Best Electro/Progressive House Won [112]
2016 IDMA Best Global DJ Won [113]
Best European DJ Nominated
Best Progressive House/Electro DJ Won
Best Artist Won
Best Producer Nominated
Best Remixer Nominated
Best R&B/Urban Dance Track Hardwell feat. Jason Derulo - Follow Me Nominated
Best Electro/Progressive House Track Hardwell feat. Jake Reese - Mad World Nominated
Best Compilation or Full Length DJ Mix Hardwell Presents Revealed Volume 6 Won
Best Podcast or Radio Mixshow DJ Hardwell - Hardwell On Air Won
Best Featured Vocalist Performance Hardwell feat. Jake Reese - Mad World Won
Best Global Music Label Revealed Recordings Nominated
NRJ Music Awards Best International DJ Hardwell Nominated [114]
DJ Awards Best International DJ Nominated
Best Big Room House DJ Won [115]
2017 DJ Awards Best International DJ Won [116]
Best Big Room House Won


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  28. ^ Hardwell presents Revealed Canadian Bus Tour on "DJHarwell"
  29. ^ SONG OF THE DAY: Hardwell ft Amba Shepherd - "Apollo" on "NotableDance"
  30. ^ Releases >> Hardwell & Dyro feat. Bright Lights - Never Say Goodbye on "Revealed Recordings"
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  32. ^ Dylan Farella: Hardwell and W&W unleash their long-awaited 'Jumper' collaboration on "Dancing-Astronaut"
  33. ^ YourEDM-Stuff: Hardwell & MAKJ Unleash Their Newest Big-Room-Anthem on "YourEDM"
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  37. ^ a b ITM HQ: Hardwell gives away 'Private Edit' of "Apollo" on "In the Mix"
  38. ^ YourEDM-Stuff: Hardwell Has 40 New Tracks in the Works, Plans to Show Them Off at Ultra on "YourEDM"
  39. ^ Sara Tariq: Tomorrowland 2015 Day 1 Highlights: Avicii, David Guetta, Steve Aoki & More on "Billboard"
  40. ^ Alex: Harwell & Chris Jones - Young Again on "Houseblogger"
  41. ^ Hardwell - 'Dare You' - International iTunes Chart Performance on "iTunes-Charts"
  42. ^ Aaron Berecz: Hardwell collaborates with W&W and Fatman Scoop for 'Don't Stop The Madness' on "Dancing-Astronaut"
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  44. ^ Chris Caruso: Hardwell Announces 2015 United We Are World Tour via Facebook ADE Q&A on "DJ Times"
  45. ^ Patrick Butz: Die Jubiläumsausgabe: Podcast: Hardwell On Air 200 on "Dance-Charts"
  46. ^ Matthew Meadow: How Hardwell Ruined a Track by Adding Vocals on "YourEDM"
  47. ^ Hardwell's 2015 Kick-Off: United We Are OUT NOW on "Samet Özcelik"
  48. ^ Ryan Middleton: Hardwell Releases Somber "Echo" Music Video From 'United We Are' Album [WATCH] on "MusicTimes"
  49. ^ Hardwell Presents Revealed Stage at Tomorrowland This Year on "Revealed Recordings"
  50. ^ Austin Evenson: Hardwell Presents Revealed Volume 6 on "Dancing Astronaut"
  51. ^ Hardwell & Wiwek - Chameleon (June 29) - Revealed Recordings on "Dance-Rebels"
  52. ^ Garret: Hardwell Teams Up With Armin Van Buuren For "Off The Hook" on "This Song Slaps
  53. ^ Did Hardwell Just Copy An Amateur Artist For His Next Big Single? [Update] on "EDM Chicago"
  54. ^ Peter Robinstein: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike's Team Finally Responds To DJ Mag Top 100 Outrage on "YourEDM"
  55. ^ Hans: "Hardwell - remix album to 'United We Are' out now" on "Real people"
  56. ^ MIX: Hardwell - On Air Radio Show 244 ('United We Are' Remixed Special) 20-11-2015 on "Houseplanet"
  57. ^ Armin van Buuren and Hardwell Receive Their Own Action Figures on "Magnetic Mag"
  58. ^ Hardwell: A Personal Letter From Me on "DJHardwell"
  59. ^ Cloud 9 Dance: Perfect World (Prod. By Hardwell)' (Official Music Video) on "YouTube'
  60. ^ Jake Reese: Announcement on Facebook
  61. ^ Hardwell feat. Jake Reese - Run Wild at "We Rave You"
  62. ^ Kura: Statement on "Facebook"
  63. ^ Connor Jones: Hardwell And Thomas Newson Prepare Fans For "8Fifty" on "WeGetDiscovered"
  64. ^ Justin DeRoy: The Chainsmokers - Don't Let Me Down (Hardwell & Sephyx Remix) on "EDM Tunes"
  65. ^ Idris Jones: Hardwell & Blasterjaxx - Going Crazy on "We Rave You"
  66. ^ Nick Jarvis: Craig David and Hardwell have made a garage anthem on "In the Mix"
  67. ^ Timo Büschleb: Die letzte Show, live am Hockenheimring ft. Dannic: Hardwell - "I AM Hardwell" Show am Hockenheimring » [Review] on "Dance-Charts"
  68. ^ Timo Büschleb: Poppige Gute-Laune-Nummer: Hardwell feat. Jay Sean - Thinking About You on "Dance-Charts"
  69. ^ Hardwell feat. Jay Sean - Thinking About You (Hardwell & KAAZE Festival Mix) on "We Rave You"
  70. ^ Timo Büschleb: Aggressive Beats im neuen Stil: Hardwell & W&W - Get Down on "Dance-Charts"
  71. ^ Martin Garrix is DJ Mag's No.1 DJ 2016 on "Ministry of Sound"
  72. ^ Matthew Meadow: Hardwell Says "Fuck The DJ Mag" and Goes on Epic Rant About the Top 100 on "YourEDM"
  73. ^ Dr. Phunk - Remix-EP on "We Rave You"
  74. ^ Dr. Phunk: Young Again (Dr. Phunk Remix) on Instagram
  75. ^ Connor Jones: Hardwell Debuts New Quintino Collaboration "Baldadig" on "We Get Discovered"
  76. ^ Joseph Hadley: Jewelz & Sparks - Crank (HWL Edit) [Revealed Recordings] on "Dance-Rebels"
  77. ^ Mixmash Radio 188 on "Beatrequ"
  78. ^ Sebastien Lintz: "Post zum neuen "Revealed"-Design" on Twitter
  79. ^ Markos Papadatos: Hardwell celebrates birthday with new Party till the Daylight on "Digital Journal"
  80. ^ Rob McCallum: Hardwell on Air Celebrates 300th Episode with Live Stream of Blasterjaxx, Jay Hardway, more on "DJ-Mag"
  82. ^ Maximilian Wild: Doch noch veröffentlicht!: Hardwell feat. Bright Lights - Mr. Spaceman [Free Download] on "Dance-Charts"
  83. ^ Badd Dimes: GO DOWN LOW! It's out now! Stream/Download here on "Twitter"
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  93. ^ Chameleon on "iaatm.de"
  94. ^ Jens Ophälders: Geschenk an seine Fans: Hardwell - Party Till The Daylight » [Free Download] on "Dance-Charts"
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  98. ^ Hardwell World: Hardwell Studio on "Facebook"
  99. ^ Equipment on "Equipboard"
  100. ^ Hardwell Releases Soundset for Sylenth1 on "DJHardwell"
  101. ^ Auflegen wie DJ Hardwell on "Bonedo"
  102. ^ Sebastian Werncke-Schmiesing: Hardwell wird Synchronstimme in Animationsfilm für einen Mops on Dance-Charts"
  103. ^ Top 10 Hottest Couples in EDM on "Turn Up the Bass"
  104. ^ IDMA Winners for the year 2011 presented in 2012 on "Winter Music Conference"
  105. ^ DJ Awards 2012 on "DJ Awards"
  106. ^ IDMA Winners for the year 2012 presented in 2013 on "Winter Music Conference"
  107. ^ Hardwell Claims Best Electro-House-DJ in the Ibiza-DJ-Awards on "DJHardwell"
  108. ^ Nick Ward: Hardwell Can't Stop Winning Awards on "YourEDM"
  109. ^ IDMA Winners for the year 2013 presented in 2014 on "Winter Music Conference"
  110. ^ IDMA Winners for the year 2014 presented in 2015 on "Winter Music Conference"
  111. ^ Hardwell wint Best International DJ Award on "Haagsebeemden"
  112. ^ Daisy Heyer: Hardwell wint Best International DJ Award on "Metronieuws"
  113. ^ Hardwell Scores 12 Nominations in This Year International Dance Music Awards on "We Rave You"
  114. ^ NRJ DJ Awards 2016 - Meilleurs DJs on "NRJ.fr"
  115. ^ Olivia Ebeling: Carl Cox Clears Up At The DJ Awards 2016 on "Essential Ibiza"
  116. ^ Hardwell Wins Big At The Annual DJ Awards on "Your EDM"

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