At only 27 years old, House Producer and DJ Hardwell has won DJ Mag’s top DJ award 2 years running (2013/2014), runs his own record label, has an ongoing radio show broadcast on over 105 stations worldwide, started recently a charity dedicated to educating children and still finds the time to tour around the world.
JETSS caught up with the Dutch megastar just before he was set to play in Salvador, Bahia, for brazilian carnival.
JETSS: Looking back on eventful and equally successful years, what were the best and the worst gigs you ever played?
Hardwell: Playing shows is something that always throws up some crazy experiences. I’ve had the great pleasure of playing shows like my sold out event at Madison Square Garden for the end of my I Am Hardwell world tour, which was a dream come true show. Playing in Mumbai back in December 2015 for the launch of my United We Are Foundation charity was another incredible moment. We made history with the ‘world’s biggest guestlist’ in dance music and helped put 18,000+ children into education for a brighter future. I’ve never really had the ‘worst gig of my life’ happen, bad equipment etc makes the show situation bad but we always try to fix that and move on.
JETSS: Is it your first time in Brazil? Why touring in the middle of Brazil’s Carnival?
Hardwell: No, I’ve played several times before and always love to visit the country its definitely one of the most amazing countries in the world to perform in as a DJ. The crowd know so much about dance music and the scene is one that is really vibrant right now. Who doesn’t want to come and experience Carnival Brazilian style?
JETSS: Are there any plans of mixing Carnival tunes with your music?
Hardwell: I’m not going to reveal anything just yet. I want to keep it all a secret but you never know. I’ve some very special edits and tracks to play so come check out my set to fully know the answer to this question.
JETSS: Could you please name a hit for 2016?
Hardwell: My collaboration ‘Hollywood’ with Afrojack 😉
JETSS: What type of quality sound is currently missing on the music scene?
Hardwell: I think we’re missing more soul in the music right now. I’d love to see euphoria come back to the dancefloor, it was a big part of those trance classics years ago and musically we all loved the sweeping melodies and big arrangement you found within those kind of records. 2016 is looking exciting for new music so I think we can all be very happy with what the year holds.
JETSS: Whom do you still want to partner with in a sound production?
Hardwell: I’d love to get into the studio with Dr Dre or Pharrell Williams or Timbaland, any of which, or all of them, would be amazing! I’ve a huge amount of respect for the music they’ve made and know getting in the studio would great something mindblowing.
Favourite all-time dance track: The Prodigy ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ is one of them for sure!
Favourite DJ: Kill the Buzz is someone really exciting to watch right now!
Who/what is your inspiration to produce music: Tiesto, Ferry Corsten and Armin van Buuren
Best artists from Brazil: Gui Boratto