I caught up with Dutch sensation Hardwell at the H2O party on the 2nd of October in Johannesburg. Moments before on the main stage, his playlisted track on 5FM ‘Alright 2010 feat. Hardwell’ was blaring across the giant wave pool to girls in bikinis and topless men basking in the sun. On the Funky Floor Hardwell serviced the main slot, playing after Fresh & Euphonic (5FM). The crowd was full of adrenaline and excited, so was I.
Hardwell’s opening track spelled out a warning message – Lets Go! The crowd responded with a loud cheer, and arms and legs began gyrating in an uncontrollable fashion that lasted the duration of this 2 hour set into the night. Fans were treated to a journey into upbeat music from house, progressive and electro tunes including some of Hardwell’s own epic releases and remixes including Molotov (newest Hardwell produced song) and his remix of ‘Show me Love’ Robin S.
Arriving strait from the airport from Zimbabwe, Hardwell had a very busy week. He remixed a song a few days prior, and then played at a gig in the same day. Shortly afterwards 3 flights from Amsterdam to Harare for the ‘I’m In Harare B!*ch’ event at club Axion. A flight home following the H2O Party, with 3 further gigs planned for the week in Holland. This includes a residency at Escape nightclub in Amsterdam.
Can you now understand what hard work goes into being a celebrity DJ?
I asked him where his career started, and he told me it all began with Cloud 9 Music, and Armada. In only a few years he has reached a level that most DJ’s only dream of. Remixing for the greats such as Armin Van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, Roger Sanchez, Tiesto and Bob Sinclair is not something to take lightly. Totally fitting, major artists who play at clubs such as Priveledge in Ibiza for thousands, always use a Harwell anthem.
Released today the 4th of October, are the remixes of ‘Afrika’ with Franky Rizardo, of which Hardwell also remixed in July this year. A merge of talents with R3hab (Blue Magic) and Funkadelic (Get down girl), has also extended the yellow brick lane to a place that Hardwell can now call home. His talent in the DJ booth, as a producer and recently record label manager of new Revealed Recordings, will forever mark his place in history. All of this at the beginning of his 20s, honestly what next?
Dutch musicians have made their mark in the world of dance, and not any other nation has given birth to as much talent currently flooding out of speakers worldwide. Log onto the iTunes store and choose The Netherlands as your country. A dose of weekly podcasts is just what the doctor ordered such as: dancetunes.com, Marco V, Tiesto, Sander Van Doorn, Dennis Ryer’s Radio 538 Dance Department, Fedde Le Grand, Armin Van Buuren State of Trance and live sets from global Sensation parties to name only a few. I flock to Holland every year and attend major festivals such as Dance Valley where Hardwell and South African band Goldfish played on the main stage this year.
The following new Hardwell tracks should certainly be in you Beatport shopping basket:
‘Molotov’, ‘Smoke’, ‘Storage’, ‘Display’, ‘Voyage’, ‘Blue Magic’
Old classics like ‘Cre Sabe Hardwell remix’ will not be disappointing either.
Eclectic Beatz Vol 10 mixed by Hardwell released this year, you can find on the iTunes store (http://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/eclectic-beatz-vol-10-mixed/id363724868)