Rising EDM star Hardwell didn’t just magically appear in a Vegas DJ booth. The 24-year-old Dutch DJ/producer, born Robbert van de Corput, has technically been in the game since age 13 and played the three biggest clubs in Holland by 15.
And he actually discovered electronic dance music long before that, at the age of 10. “It started with a documentary on the Dutch NBC about Tiësto,” Hardwell says. “I just fell in love with the way they played on the turntables. Electronic music was something new and refreshing to me. I was like, ‘Mom and Dad, I want to become a DJ, too!’”
Fast-forward to 2012. His track “Spaceman” is blowing up, and he’s collaborating with Tiësto. He’s No. 24 on the DJ Mag Top 100 (among other accolades), has his own label (Revealed Recordings) and his “Hardwell on Air” podcast. Now a resident at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub (with a guest appearance at Lavo on June 7), Hardwell plays the main stage at the Electric Daisy Carnival for the first time on June 8, when he’ll debut a few new tunes.
Even with the success, he remains focused on the thing that got him into the biz in the first place. “I think as an artist that everything I do comes from the heart,” Hardwell says. “I would like to say to guys in the whole business for making money or getting fame or whatever, it all starts with the love of music. And still, every production that I do and everything I play comes from the heart.”
Other noteworthy acts
Above & Beyond: Who doesn’t love a good sing-along? The #TranceFamily will be there hanging onto every word and playing the notes via air piano hands.
Blue Man Group and Steve Aoki: No telling what the heck is gonna happen with this collaboration. Probably don’t want to miss the unintentional comedy—or the innovative instrumentation.
Chase & Status: If “funky melodic dubstep” isn’t a genre yet, we’re coining it now.
Cosmic Gate: “Fire! Wire!” And then, of course, the newer stuff with Emma Hewitt like “Be Your Sound” rocks our world as well.
Datsik: Have you heard his new album, Vitamin D? Go listen and then, well, you’ll understand.
DieselBoy vs. Bare: Drum and bass in your face! That and we like DieselBoy’s Tweets about food.
Fedde le Grand: Before you check out this awesome talent at EDC 2012, read our recent interview with him.
Gabriel & Dresden: It’s always great to hear the emotionally beautiful classics from this recently reunited act, such as “Tracking Treasure Down” and the gritty cool new “No Reservations” with Secret Panda Society.
Joachim Garraud: His sets are always such a blast, complete with alien masks for all the little space invaders and epic keytar skills.
Kristina Sky: Yes, a few great she-jays are on this year’s EDC bill; you just have to look hard to find ’em!
Pretty Lights: Since DJ Shadow isn’t at EDC, here’s the next best thing.
Richie Hawtin: Time to chill with some minimal from the master.
Tommy Trash: Prediction: This guy’s gonna be the next big thing. Catch him now, brag about it later. Read the interview »