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Hardwell
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Background information
Birth nameRobbert van de Corput
Also known asDJ Hardwell
Born(1988-01-07) January 7, 1988 (age 25)
Breda, Netherlands
GenresElectronic dance, big room house, progressive house, electro house, tech house
OccupationsMusician, DJ, producer, remixer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, mixer, synthesizer, Logic Pro
Years active2006–present
LabelsRevealed Recordings, Spinnin' Records, Cr2 Records, Dukalis Records, Armada Music, Toolroom Records
Associated actsChuckie, Tiësto, Amba Sheperd, Bright Lights, Nicky Romero, Showtek, Dyro, Dannic, Laidback Luke, Porter Robinson, MAKJ, R3hab, W&W
Websitedjhardwell.com
 
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Hardwell
Hardwell.jpg
Background information
Birth nameRobbert van de Corput
Also known asDJ Hardwell
Born(1988-01-07) January 7, 1988 (age 25)
Breda, Netherlands
GenresElectronic dance, big room house, progressive house, electro house, tech house
OccupationsMusician, DJ, producer, remixer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, mixer, synthesizer, Logic Pro
Years active2006–present
LabelsRevealed Recordings, Spinnin' Records, Cr2 Records, Dukalis Records, Armada Music, Toolroom Records
Associated actsChuckie, Tiësto, Amba Sheperd, Bright Lights, Nicky Romero, Showtek, Dyro, Dannic, Laidback Luke, Porter Robinson, MAKJ, R3hab, W&W
Websitedjhardwell.com

Robbert van de Corput (born 7 January 1988),[1] better known by his stage name Hardwell, is a Dutch progressive and electro house DJ and music producer. He is currently the world's #1 DJ based on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs poll.[2]

Early life[edit]

Robbert van de Corput was born on 7 January 1988 in Breda, Netherlands, where he also grew up. He started playing the piano when he was four years old. When he was 13, he signed his first major record label and by the age of 14, he had begun DJing at reputable clubs across the Netherlands.[3] He often cited DJ and fellow Breda native Tiësto as his biggest inspiration and mentor.

Musical career[edit]

Hardwell's remixing debut came in 2006 when his version of The Underdog Project's "Summer Jam" hit the clubs, then 2007 found him remixing the stadium techno act Scooter ("Lass Uns Tanzen") and collaborating with fellow DJ Greatski on the track "Never Knew Love" but it wasn't until two years later when Hardwell first gained recognition in 2009 for his bootleg of "Show Me Love vs. Be".[4] The song is a mashup of Robin S.'s "Show Me Love" and the instrumental track "Be" by Steve Angello & Laidback Luke.[5]

In 2010, Hardwell formed his own record label, Revealed Recordings. Soon after the launch, Hardwell started the release of Hardwell presents Revealed, a compilation album released anually which featured some of the label's biggest tracks of that year.

In March 2011, Hardwell launched his own radio show and podcast, Hardwell On Air. It is currently being broadcast on various international radio stations. Additionally, the podcast has a spot on iTunes' Top 10 Podcasts in several countries.[6] His collaboration single with Tiësto, "Zero 76," was one of the biggest club tracks of that year and his first single to chart at #1 on Beatport and on the American iTunes dance chart. In addition to multiple other hits released by Hardwell in 2011, including "Encoded" and "Cobra," Hardwell entered DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs annual poll at #24.[7]

In 2012, Hardwell's biggest track was the solo-original known as “Spaceman,” which has seen more sets, bootlegs, and remixes than any of his previous releases. In July of that same year, he went on to perform at the main stage of Tomorrowland and with over 19 million views, it is currently the most watched live set on YouTube. It was dubbed by many as a contender for the best set of the year. Alongside other artists such as Alesso, Nicky Romero, Deniz Koyu and R3hab, Hardwell was named an EDM artist to watch in 2012 by MTV.[8] He then placed at #6 on DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs annual poll for 2012.

Hardwell kicked off 2013 with a nationwide "Hardwell presents Revealed: Canadian Bus Tour," joined by fellow DJs Dyro and Dannic. This was then followed with a nationwide "Go Hardwell Or Go Home" tour that took place in venues across the United States. In March 2013, having featured for the first time on the main stage of Ultra Music Festival only one year prior in 2012, he returned to the Miami event. Hardwell’s set broke all records for the most watched Ultra live broadcast with over 80,000 people watching his set online through the live stream.[9] The performance currently holds over 18 million views on YouTube.

In April 2013, Hardwell launched his "I Am Hardwell" world tour. The first phase of the tour saw sold-out shows in Jakarta, Singapore, Bangalore, Mumbai, Lisbon, and London with further venues coming up. Following on from his 2012 Tomorrowland performance, he returned to the main stage of the music festival in 2013. This time the live set gained a million views on YouTube in just several days and has been viewed over 16 million times to date.

During ADE in October 2013, Hardwell held the world premiere of his I Am Hardwell documentary at the Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam. The documentary, filmed by Robin Piree, provides an inside-look at Hardwell’s rise and career over the past few years. The premiere was attended by several other famous DJs, including Armin van Buuren and Tiësto. The film is now being shown in selected cinemas. Shortly after, Hardwell ranked at #1 on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs poll, making him the youngest DJ ever to top the list.[10][11]

DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs Rankings[edit]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

YearSongPeak chart positionsAlbum
NLAUSAUTBEL
(Vl)
CANFRAGERIREUKUS
2010"Get Down Girl"
(with Funkadelic)
Non-Album Single
"Molotov"Revealed Recordings presents 'The Collection Vol. 1'
"Asteroid"
(with Franky Rizardo)
2011"Zero 76"
(with Tiësto)
4282*Non-Album Single
"Encoded"58Hardwell presents 'Revealed Volume 2'
"Beta"
(with Nicky Romero)
Non-Album Single
"The World"Hardwell presents 'Revealed Volume 2'
"Cobra"35Non-Album Single
2012"Munster"
(with Joey Suki)
"Spaceman"45*79Hardwell presents 'Revealed Volume 3'
"Kontiki"
(with Dannic)
"Call Me a Spaceman"
(feat. Mitch Crown)
33
"How We Do"
(with Showtek)
47The Sound of Revealed 2012
"Three Triangles"Non-album single
"Apollo"
(feat. Amba Sheperd)
26327578*7056The Sound of Revealed 2012
2013"Dynamo"
(with Laidback Luke)
Non-Album Single
"Three Triangles (Losing My Religion)"
"Never Say Goodbye"
(with Dyro feat. Bright Lights)
54Hardwell presents 'Revealed Volume 4'
"Jumper"
(with W&W)
141Revealed Collection Part 1: ADE edition
"Countdown"
(with MAKJ)
3128Non-album single
"Dare You"
(feat. Matthew Koma)
3113
"Apollo (Acoustic Version)"
(feat. Amba Sheperd)
I Am Hardwell (Original Soundtrack)
"—" denotes a title that the single did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts. Added 50 positions to actual peak in Ultratip chart

Remixes[edit]

2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hardwell Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  2. ^ "HARDWELL WINS 2013 TOP 100 DJS POLL". Djmag.com. 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  3. ^ http://www.iamhardwell.nl/biography/
  4. ^ http://www.mtv.com/artists/hardwell/biography/
  5. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Steve-Angello-Laidback-Luke-Ft-Robin-S-Show-Me-Love/release/1769235
  6. ^ "Hardwell on Air Bio". Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Hardwell Biography & History". Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  8. ^ Stewart, Adam (2012-01-11). "EDM Great To Watch In 2012 - Music, Celebrity, Artist News.". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  9. ^ "Hardwell Is The World's #1 DJ". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  10. ^ "Biography | HARDWELL". Djhardwell.com. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  11. ^ "Hardwell WINS TOP 100 DJS 2013". DJ Magazine. 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 

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