Who the Hell is Hardwell and Why Should We Care?

Hardwell PictureWho the hell is Hardwell and why should we care? I think it’s a fair enough question. We’ve been seeing Hardwell news for the last few weeks. We know he’s the number 1 DJ in the world but the DJ Mag Top 100 list has fallen under some skepticism since the South African lists weren’t felt to be too accurate. So who is Hardwell and why should I care that he’s coming to Cape Town?

I started the search on Wikipedia. I thought, “If he hasn’t achieved anything in history then it can’t feature on Wiki. He must have done something.” And he has. In his own right he’s a producer and well known DJ. Born on January 7th (my parent’s wedding anniversary) in 1988 (“I got love for you if you were born in the eighties-eighties…”) Robbert van de CorputΒ is just 25 years old and headlining festivals across the globe. He was born in Breda…my Mother’s name is Brenda. I was nearly tricked into sentimentality there! This kid is winning me over and I haven’t even heard his music!

Hardwell started playing the piano at 4. I started to play the recorder at 5. According to Wikipedia he used to watch parties on MTV and dreamt of being a DJ. As I mentioned before, when I got MTV Europe in 1996 I dreamt of being a TV presenter! That really resonated with me. Something you see in popular culture can really change the course of your life. Unlike me, Hardwell seems to have really made it though.

Hardwell Profile PicNext I decided to take in some of his music on YouTube. Since Ultra Music Festival is coming to South Africa in the near future, I figured Hardwell’s set from 2013 would be a good start. I was expecting harder electro, more along Haezer’s style, but it’s a mix of pop, house, Euro trance and electro. Most importantly, Hardwell looks like he’s working really hard AND having a great time. I’m not sure how one man connects with such a huge crowd, like Ultra Music Festival, but he’s singing along as is the audience. I was expecting some butch, petrol head and I have to say he looks like a genuine music lover and performer. (Long may it last.)

The advert for his documentary, “I am Hardwell” caught my eye and all those feelings of having a dream and hoping they would come through shone right through in this piece. Why one person’s ambitions work out and another’s doesn’t will remain a mystery never to be solved. But I’m ok with that. As long as the person is genuine and hardworking which, I have to say, Hardwell seems to be, then they’ll always have my support.

Now I’m 100% keen to check out the world’s number 1 DJ simply because I think he looks like a decent lad. There’ll be numerous number ones in the years to come, it’s the artists that really matters.

From Electric SA, the promoters who brought you Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex and Ultra Music Festival, make sure you catch the number 1 DJ in the world, Hardwell, at the Belville Velodrome on December 6th 2013 in Cape Town. Tickets are R450 for general admission and R600 for VIP fromΒ Computicket.

Here’s his documentary preview, his most well known song “Space Man” and his set from Tomorrowland below:

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  1. says: Moayed Honi

    good for him, he figured what he wanted to do early and made his dream come true, at the age of 27 now and a major success. with a supportive family that made his talent grow and prosper. only a few of us are dealt a good hand at life, while the rest of us are struggling with the bad hand we were dealt trying just to get by.

    1. True story! He is very blessed to be following his passion and to have support. But he’s not more important than us so our dreams can come true too πŸ™‚ Have faith, work hard, want it more.

  2. says: Lauren Kim Jullies

    We're already FB friends yaysies! If anything, need this to help a bff and I get over our recent broken hearts #sympathyvote #ftw !!

  3. says: Ireeza Moosa

    Would LOVE to experience the world's no. 1 DJ like in action with my crazy ass brother #IAmHardwellSATour β™₯

  4. Seeing Hardwell Live Would Be A Dream Come True!Knowing What He Is Capible Of On The Decks And In Studio Makes Me Want This Experience Even More!Before People Even Knew Who Hardwell Is I Was Dancing To His Music…True Talent!

  5. says: Naushaad Maharaj

    Wow, so much about my hero that I learnt from reading this, having not been to a IAMHARDWELL set yet, hopefully this wil be my first!!

  6. Yes, he is mainly being promoted as the #1 DJ but it's more than just that. Hardwell does more than DJ infront of a screaming crowd, he parties with them, really feels his own music as he plays it, connecting and becoming one with the crowd. I would really love to experience this live, and not through youtube videos! LOL. And as his catch phrase goes, "Go Hardwell or go home" – and I really don't want to be at home! xx

  7. says: Paul

    So keen to see Hardwell been frothing for months, but needed to wait until beginning of December for my 13th cheque only to be informed that payroll had made a mistake and I would no longer be receiving a 13th. I was reading your piece on Hardwell suffering from severe Fomo when I realised there was a competition element. Yay. Here is praying my luck turns and putting out the positive vibes to the universe J

  8. says: Eloise Botha

    I so badly want these tickets! Want to go party with my bestie! Hardwell is the best! @Bctcblog is the bestest! πŸ™‚

  9. says: Lebo Khotso Sean Notoane

    Let's not forget that he was also mentored by one of the best (Tiesto) so no doubt that Tiesto saw great potential in him and now get to live through Hardwell's amazing music!!!

  10. says: Lisa Bright

    Wow I didn't know a lot of that. Thanks for the facts and awesome video links. Totally amped me up to go. Take a friend and have the time of my life. Lots of awesome memories.