Music maturity came swiftly for the now seasoned-veteran Robbert van de Corput, better known as Hardwell. At the age of 25, the young Dutch titan capped off a 10 year journey when he was crowned World’s #1 DJ in the 2013 DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll cementing his position as the electronic scenes newest superstar DJ and becoming the youngest ever winner of the coveted Top 100 DJs award. In 2014 the Dutch megastar did it again - being crowned World’s #1 DJ in the 2014 edition of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Poll for a second consecutive year. Despite relinquishing his crown in 2015, though still taking the highly respectable second-place spot, it’s clear that Hardwell has already created a legacy that would put most of his counterparts to shame. This award-winning DJ, producer, musician, label owner and lover of all things music has not only helped shape the current state of EDM, but has left an everlasting imprint on it.
Like his great mentor Tiësto, Hardwell proudly hails from Breda, a city tucked deep within the Netherlands. Having first established his name at the tender age of 14, Hardwell has since elevated his clubland standing to impressive, dizzying heights. His serving of big room bangers over the past year has seen a bundle of anthems sweep charts and dancefloors worldwide. Label boss of Revealed Recordings and collecting a plethora of Beatport #1’s (no less than 7 consecutive #1’s in 2013 alone), his studio output has never been more prolific or more on point. Records such as his anthemic hit ‘Spaceman’, ‘Three Triangles (Losing My Religion)’, ‘Jumper’, ‘Dare You’, alongside the hard-hitting track, ‘Apollo’, the scorching collaboration with Dyro and Bright Lights, titled ‘Never Say Goodbye’, and his more recent remixes like Coldplay’s ‘Sky Full of Stars’ and Calvin Harris Feat. Ellie Goulding – ‘Outside’ have become some of the biggest records over the past couple of years. In 2014 he saw his accumulation of Beatport #1’s rise scoring hit releases with his remix of Deorro & J-Trick’s ‘Rambo’, Armin van Buuren’s ‘Ping Pong’, alongside placing with his own singles ‘Dare You’ featuring Matthow Koma (which broke into the UK Top 20 singles chart, debuting at #18), ‘Everybody is in the place’ and the first single titled ‘Arcadia’ (featuring Joey Dale & Luciana), from his forthcoming debut artist album, straight to the top of the Beatport chart. Now with all eyes on his new artist album, which will include tracks such as his latest single ‘Young Again’ with Chris Young on vocals, Hardwell is building up to the most exciting musical period in his career so far.
Through his refreshing sound that is characterized by complex drum ensembles, daring synths, and emotive chords, Hardwell has created the ultimate recipe for “Big Room House”. His productions are received with such great praise and acclaim; it seems his shelf life is endless. As his reputation grows amongst the world’s partygoers, so does his status. First entering the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll at #24 in 2011, Hardwell rose to #6 in the 2012 edition of the poll, before being crowned World #1 DJ in the 2013 poll - seeing off fierce competition from the likes of Avicii and Armin van Buuren and following in the footsteps of electronic icons Tiësto and David Guetta. The imitating that success once again in the 2014 edition of the Top 100 DJs Poll when he held onto the #1 spot.
The “fresh and open-minded” approach he has taken with his label Revealed Recordings has led to the imprint gaining international momentum and having produced a cluster of hits since its inception back in 2013, as well as giving rise to a new generation of artists that include Dyro, Dannic, Julian Calor, Manse, Thomas Newson and Kill The Buzz. Another success in the labels armoury is its celebrated compilation series ‘Hardwell Presents Revealed’ which offers listeners a true box ready taste into the current trends at the heart of the labels musical output.
Moreover, his record label Revealed Recordings has also grown to become a dominant force as a globetrotting tour brand in its own right named ‘Hardwell presents Revealed’, having staged events in America, Canada, Greece, UK, Croatia, Switzerland, Austria and Netherlands, as well as fronted to North America Bus Tours to date. In 2014 Revealed stepped-up their event plans with the arrival of their own festival arena shows staging parties at the likes of Summerfestival and Creamfields in the UK. Then in 2015 the label locked in arena hosts at festival such as Creamfields, EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland Belgium and the debut Tomorrowland Brasil. Summer 2014 also saw Revealed undertake its first official residency holding down a regular run of shows at the iconic open-air daytime venue Ushuaïa Ibiza. Presenting a congregation of producers that admirably hold an array of top Beatport chart positions and rankings in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s in the world, Revealed’s handpicked bills for the Ibiza season at Ushuaïa Ibiza ignited the white isle in a truly memorable fashion.
For summer 2015 Hardwell returns to Ibiza and Ushuaïa with a new event concept titled ‘Hardwell’s Carnival’, which will illuminate the island’s party calendar with stunning visuals, performers and some guest stars.
In March of 2011, Hardwell launched his very own radio show and podcast, Hardwell On Air, which is broadcasted on more than 115 international radio stations, including Holland’s top dance station, Radio 538, Sirius XM in the US, and NRJ in France and Germany. Additionally, the podcast has a solid spot in the iTunes Top 10 Podcasts in more than 45 countries and according to 1001tracklists.com is the hottest show in the scene right now.
As a producer his ratio of releases to hits is extraordinary. In 2011 his collaboration single with Tiësto - ‘Zero 76’ was one of the biggest club tracks of that year and to date the music video has received over 14 million views on YouTube. The single went #1 in the Beatport and #1 in the US iTunes chart. That same year his solo record ‘Cobra’ went to #1 in the dance charts in Holland and Top 10 on Beatport.
2012 saw even more success with his remixes of Rihanna’s track ‘Where Have You Been’ and The Wanted’s ‘Chasing the Sun’ both reaching #1 on Billboard’s Dance Chart. His collaboration remix with Dannic for UK pop star Example’s, ‘Say Nothing’, received a #1 spot in the Cool Cut Chart, while Tiësto and Hardwell’s remix for ‘Young Blood’, by the indie rock band The Naked And Famous, became the festival circuit’s summer anthem.
Hardwell also collaborated alongside Showtek to produce the track ‘How We Do’, with the music video premiering on MTV US. However, Hardwell’s biggest track of 2012 was the solo original known as ‘Spaceman’, which is regarded by media critics and peers alike as one of the EDM scenes biggest timeless anthems. ‘Spaceman’ was released in over 25 countries worldwide, scored a #1 place in the Beatport chart and to date has clocked in more than 15 million views on YouTube.
At the tail end of 2012 Hardwell released the hard-hitting organic track, ‘Apollo’, featuring Amba Shepherd. Much like its predecessor, ‘Apollo’ would propel Hardwell’s name into the spotlight and ignite a global phenomenon around his infectious releases and DJ sets. Such was the foray around his name at this time that dance music icon Pete Tong invited Hardwell to make his debut on the hallowed decks of BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix in November 2012, where Hardwell’s prowess was so distinctively displayed.
Having featured for the first time on the mainstage of Ultra Music Festival only one-year prior (2012), Hardwell’s position as a mainstage stealing DJ was affirmed in 2013 when he returned to the renowned Miami event. Armed with a body of fresh and unheard music, most notably is landmark hit single ‘Never Say Goodbye’, his performance at the 2013 Miami Ultra Music Festival would go on to become the stuff of legend. Clocking up a staggering 6 million views in just 8 weeks, Hardwell’s set broke all records for the most watched Ultra live broadcast during UMF with over 80,000 people watching his set via the feed. During his set, Hardwell’s Twitter account was using 20% of Twitter’s overall bandwidth with his name was trending worldwide with such intensity that it caused Twitter to temporarily shut down his account – yes, he broke Twitter! 2014 saw Hardwell back at Ultra Music Festival but this time to close the entire festival proceedings. Showcasing a plethora of new music and delivering every inch the grand finale show the fans and organisers had hotly anticipated, Hardwell’s dominance as a mainstage titan was once again set in stone. A feat that is further backed by the 9.5 million views his liveset has, to-date, clocked up on his official YouTube channel.
Hardwell returned to the Ultra Main stage at the event’s iconic cityscape Miami setting in 2015, adding even further impressive numbers to his viewer counts that already delve in their millions and make him the single most in demand liveset artist, in the electronic scene today. With over 170,000 fans tuning in to witness history be made as Hardwell teased exclusive new tracks, was joined by some familiar faces and commanded the stage as his own, Ultra 2015 has proven to be one of Hardwell’s most successful trips to the city yet. Impacted even further with the hosting of his own Hardwell Presents Revealed party, which descended upon Miami’s unparalleled Story nightclub.
Following on from his 2012 Tomorrowland set, which to date has received over 21 millions views on YouTube and was dubbed by many as a contender for the best set of the year, Hardwell returned to the mainstage of Tomorrowland in 2013 where he played yet another inimitable set that took a frenzied Tomorrowland audience on a ride of a lifetime. This time the liveset amassed in excess of 1 million views in just a few days and has currently been viewed over 22 million times on YouTube; the inexorable rate at which his DJ sets are vie
Music maturity came swiftly for the now seasoned-veteran Robbert van de Corput, better known as Hardwell. At the age of 25, the young Dutch titan capped off a 10 year journey when he was crowned World…More