Bringing Music To The World, Hardwell Tells His Story - Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka
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Bringing Music To The World, Hardwell Tells His Story

The bass-dropping DJ, Robbert Van De Corput, spills on beats, bros and bashes.

Roberto Castano

What record would you use as the highlight of your career as a DJ?

That’s a tough question because so many of my records have been highlights for me. But if I had to pick, it would be Spaceman. It’s the one record that helped put me on the map, and has a strong connection with my fans.

Favourite bro moment with BFF Calvin Harris…

He’s a cool guy. Hanging with him at STORY [a nightclub] in Miami for Halloween last year was pretty cool. Americans know how to do Halloween right, and the party that night was insanely wild. I’ll keep quiet about the rest, but let’s just say it was a night to die for!

Insane fan story…

I always find it nuts when I see my name or face tattooed on a fan, but I really appreciate that crazy level of commitment. I share that passion with them and have so much respect for them. I love those guys!

How do you manage your personal life when you’re on tour so much of the time?

Life on the road can be tough, but I knew what I was getting myself into. I like to have friends and family at my shows when I can, although it’s not always possible. Smartphones and social media help me keep in touch with people until I get home, which is great!

You’re often called the ‘King of Progressive’. Tell us a little bit about your signature sound…

Haha, am I? That’s cool. I’ve always called my sound ‘Hardwell music’…in my head anyway. It’s a mix of many styles that is all about energy and pace. I like to make and play music that makes people party—I am a DJ, after all!

Craziest rumour…

That I was actually a Spaceman from Apollo looking for Sally to Follow Me and be Young Again so we could Run Wild and Never Say Goodbye. [Nice!]

Favourite tune by your mentor, Tiësto…

Zero 76—the first record I ever made with him. It was a huge moment for me because he was an artist I grew up listening to, and who inspired me to become a DJ and producer.

Making remixes or producing your own music?

Producing my own music. Remixes are fun, but I like to create original sounds and ideas.


This article was originally published as ‘The Cosmo Guy’ in the October 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. For information on more talented guys, grab a copy of our latest magazine.

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