A lot of US fans recognize Robbert van de Corput, better known as Hardwell, by his major anthem with Tiesto last year, Zero 76, but there’s actually a lot more behind his present day success. He didn’t become the world-renowned DJ he is today overnight; his #24 placement on the DJMag Top 100 Poll came after only after many years of touring and producing quality tunes. In fact, he started his DJ career when he was just 13 years old and his first release was signed by a Dutch label when he was only 14!
The track that first put Hardwell on the map was his 2009 bootleg of the Robin S classic Show Me Love with Be by Steve Angello and Laidback Luke. This was the point when the world really began to take notice of his talents. Members of the Swedish House Mafia toured the world blasting his mashup in all the hottest nightclubs. His next major success came in 2010 when he teamed up with his friend Chuckie and made Move It 2 The Drum, which is still killing dancefloors today.
Continuing on to 2011, Hardwell paid tribute to his icons Tiesto and BT with a modern rework of the classic Love Comes Again. He also got with fellow rising star Nicky Romero to make a real electro banger named Beta. Fast forward to 2012, and we have his highly anticipated Spaceman, out now on his own imprint Revealed Recordings after a wildly popular teaser video built plenty of anticipation for the release. Spaceman really takes his signature big room sound to the next level, and is an excellent representation of his overall style with both dirty electro basslines and trancey breakdowns.
For more about Hardwell, look below for an interview he conducted with Energy 2012, a European festival that has named his track Cobra its official anthem.