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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 26)
Breda, Netherlands
GenresProgressive house, electro house, tech house, big room house
OccupationsDJ, Record Producer, Remixer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, mixer, synthesizer, Logic Pro
Years active2005–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 26)
Breda, Netherlands
GenresProgressive house, electro house, tech house, big room house
OccupationsDJ, Record Producer, Remixer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, mixer, synthesizer, Logic Pro
Years active2005–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[2] DJ and music producer. He is the world's #1 DJ based on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs poll[3] and is widely known for his live sets at major music festivals such as Tomorrowland and Ultra. The video streams of his performances on his personal YouTube channel have collectively garnered more than 80 million views.

Hardwell first gained recognition in 2009 for his bootleg of "Show Me Love vs. Be". He founded record label Revealed Recordings in 2010 and his own radio show and podcast, Hardwell On Air in 2011. He has since released four compilation albums through his label, as well as his own documentary film. Hardwell has stated that he is working on his debut studio album, which is expected to be released sometime in 2014.[4]

Early life[edit]

Robbert van de Corput was born on 7 January 1988 in Breda, Netherlands, where he grew up as well. He started learning classical piano when he was four years old and DJing when he was 12. Corput was first inspired to become a DJ at the age of 11 after watching a documentary about DJs on the Dutch MTV. At the age of 13, he was signed to his first record label and by the age of 14, he began DJing at reputable clubs across the Netherlands.[5] However, his parents had to chaperone as he wasn't allowed into the clubs at such a young age. As a kid, he enrolled at a music oriented school and the Rock Academy. Three months into the Rock Academy, he was advised to quit and to pursue a career in music immediately. He often cited 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".[6] The song is a mashup of Robin S.'s "Show Me Love" and the instrumental track "Be" by Steve Angello & Laidback Luke.[7]

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 annually 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 being broadcast on various international radio stations. Additionally, the podcast has a spot on iTunes' Top 10 Podcasts in several countries.[8] 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.[9]

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 year, he went on to perform at the main stage of Tomorrowland. As of March 2014, the performance holds over 21 million views on YouTube and was the most watched live DJ set on the site for over a year. It was dubbed by many as a contender for the best set of the year. Alongside other artists such as Alesso, Nicky Romero and R3hab, Hardwell was named an EDM artist to watch in 2012 by MTV.[10] 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 and with over 22 million views, it is the most watched live DJ set on YouTube as of February 2014, surpassing Hardwell's 2012 Tomorrowland set. Hardwell’s set also broke all records for the most watched Ultra live broadcast with over 80,000 people watching his set online through the live stream.[11]

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 several days and has been viewed over 19 million as of April 2014.

During Amsterdam dance event (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. 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 at 25 years of age.[12][13] In an interview with DJ magazine, Hardwell stated that he is working on his debut studio album, which is expected to be released sometime in 2014.[14]

DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs Rankings[edit]

Discography[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

YearSongPeak chart positionsAlbum
NLAUSAUTBELCANFRAGERIREUKUS
2010"Get Down Girl"
(with Funkadelic)
N/A
"Molotov"Hardwell Presents Revealed, Vol. 1
"Asteroid"
(with Franky Rizardo)
"Move It 2 The Drum"
(with Chuckie featuring Ambush)
The Best of Chuckie
2011"Zero 76"
(with Tiësto)
1949N/A
"Encoded"58Hardwell Presents Revealed, Vol. 2
"Beta"
(with Nicky Romero)
N/A
"The World"Hardwell Presents Revealed, Vol. 2
"Cobra"51N/A
2012"Munster"
(with Joey Suki)
"Spaceman"5579Hardwell Presents Revealed, Vol. 3
"Kontiki"
(with Dannic)
"Call Me a Spaceman"
(featuring Mitch Crown)
34
"How We Do"
(with Showtek)
91N/A
"Three Triangles"
"Apollo"
(featuring Amba Sheperd)
463271687056
2013"Dynamo"
(with Laidback Luke)
"Three Triangles (Losing My Religion)"
"Never Say Goodbye"
(with Dyro featuring Bright Lights)
5470Hardwell Presents Revealed, Vol. 4
"Jumper"
(with W&W)
141N/A
"Countdown"
(with MAKJ)
4128
"Dare You"
(featuring Matthew Koma)
40135718
2014"Everybody Is In The Place"
907859
"Written In Reverse"
(with Tiësto featuring Matthew Koma)
A Town Called Paradise
"—" denotes a title that the single did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Remixes[edit]

2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hardwell Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  2. ^ http://www.djhardwell.com/biography
  3. ^ "HARDWELL WINS 2013 TOP 100 DJS POLL". Djmag.com. 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Hardwell on new album". 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  5. ^ http://www.iamhardwell.nl/biography/
  6. ^ http://www.mtv.com/artists/hardwell/biography/
  7. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Steve-Angello-Laidback-Luke-Ft-Robin-S-Show-Me-Love/release/1769235
  8. ^ "Hardwell on Air Bio". Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  9. ^ "Hardwell Biography & History". Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  10. ^ Stewart, Adam (2012-01-11). "EDM Great To Watch In 2012 - Music, Celebrity, Artist News.". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  11. ^ "Hardwell Is The World's #1 DJ". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  12. ^ "Biography | HARDWELL". Djhardwell.com. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  13. ^ "Hardwell WINS TOP 100 DJS 2013". DJ Magazine. 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  14. ^ "Hardwell on new album". 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 

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