DJ Hardwell: A Musical Odyssey

DJ Hardwell
Artist name: Hardwell 
Real Name: Robbert van de Corput 
Location: Breda, Netherlands 
Style: Big room, energetic, progressive, mainstage, big room techno etc 
Associated label: Revealed Recordings (founder and owner) 
Albums: United We Are, Hardwell Presents Revealed, The Story of Hardwell, REBELS NEVER DIE 


Hardwell, a name synonymous with innovation, evolution, and electrifying performances, has firmly etched his name in the annals of electronic music history. A maverick DJ, producer, remixer, label head, and philanthropist, Hardwell‘s journey has transcended boundaries, creating a legacy that continues to captivate audiences worldwide. 

A Dutch Dynamo 

Hailing from Breda, Netherlands, Hardwell embarked on his musical voyage at the tender age of 14, swiftly becoming a coveted sensation in the Dutch dance scene. His magnetic presence and undeniable talent caught the world’s attention, propelling him onto the international stage. 

Rising to Global Prominence 

Aged 25, Hardwell’s meteoric rise culminated in a crowning achievement as World’s #1 DJ in 2013. This marked a pivotal moment, as he left an indelible mark on the burgeoning EDM landscape, emerging as a luminary of the modern electronic music era. 

A Producer Par Excellence 

Hardwell’s musical prowess extended beyond the decks, with a string of Beatport No. 1 hits including iconic tracks like “Spaceman,” “Apollo,” and “Run Wild.” Not content with conquering the dancefloor, he lent his remixing magic to industry giants such as Rihanna, Calvin Harris, and Coldplay, pushing sonic boundaries and redefining genres. 

Collaborative Genius 

As a collaborative catalyst, Hardwell seamlessly bridged genres, partnering with luminaries like Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, and Tiësto. He crafted electrifying soundscapes, epitomizing the unity of electronic music. 

Global Festival Force 

Hardwell’s presence resonated across the world’s most prestigious stages, from Coachella to Tomorrowland. His magnetic pull on crowds led to headline shows and iconic residencies at venues like Hakkasan Las Vegas, Ushuaïa Ibiza, and more, becoming the first Western artist to hold a residency in Macau. 

Philanthropy in Harmony 

United We Are Foundation, a testament to Hardwell’s altruistic spirit, achieved remarkable social change through its ‘World’s Biggest Guestlist’ aid concerts, educating over 122,000 slum children in Mumbai. 

A Symphony of Achievements 

Hardwell’s awards cabinet boasts an MTV European Music Award, multiple International Dance Music Awards, and a plethora of accolades, including his 2 x World #1 DJ titles. 

Reinvention and Return 

After a hiatus, Hardwell’s triumphant return to Miami’s Ultra Music Festival in 2022 marked the advent of a new era. His album ‘REBELS NEVER DIE’ showcased a reinvigorated sound, blending his roots with a fresh perspective. 

Continued Evolution 

In 2023, Hardwell continues to redefine the music landscape with electrifying singles, genre-defying performances, and a worldwide tour that transcends borders. His music is a symphony of innovation, fusing the essence of electronic music’s past and future. 


Hardwell’s journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment to musical exploration and innovation. His legacy remains an inspiring narrative, reminding us that music knows no bounds, and the spirit of rebellion can ignite a transformative revolution. 

Explore the Evolution: www.djhardwell.com  

Follow Hardwell’s journey: 

• Facebook: 8.5M followers 

• Twitter: 7M followers 

• Instagram: 5M followers 

• YouTube: 1.2B hits 

Tour Highlights: 

• Ultra Music Festival (Miami & Melbourne) 

• Thailand and Bali Shows 

• Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Baku) 

• North American Venues: TAO Nightclub (Chicago), The Harbour Convention Centre (Vancouver), The Brooklyn Mirage (New York) 

“I don’t consider myself a genre. I consider myself Hardwell, and this is what Hardwell is.” 

Charts and Stats 

Album Position Accolades 
‘United We Are’ #2 iTunes Chart 
‘REBELS NEVER DIE’ ‘Deluxe Edition’ released 


• “I AM Hardwell” – 2013 

• “I AM Hardwell: Living The Dream” – 2015 

• “Symphony – The Global Revolution of Dance Hardwell & Metropole Orkest” – 2020 

DJ Hardwell Discography 


“ACID” (2023) 
“Judgement Day” with Sub Zero Project (2023) 
“The Seduction EP” with Olly James (2023) 
“Sloopkogel” with Quintino (2023) 
“Twisted” with Will Sparks (2023) 
“Anybody Out There” with Azteck feat. Alex Hepburn (2023, unreleased) 
“Miracle” (Hardwell Remix) for Calvin Harris (2023) 
“OH GOSH” (2022) 
“GODD” (2022) 
“BLACK MAGIC” (2022) 
“I Want You” (Hardwell Extended Remix) for La Fuente (2022) 
“Chase the Sun” with Dannic feat. Kelli-Leigh (2019) 
“Being Alive” feat. JGUAR (2019) 
“Shine A Light” with Wildstylez (2018) 
“Make The World Ours” (2017) 
“Thinking About You” feat. Jay Sean (2016) 
“Mad World” feat. Jake Reese (2015) 
“Never Say Goodbye” with Dyro ft. Bright Lights (2013) 


“United We Are” (2015) 
“The Story of Hardwell” (2020) 
“REBELS NEVER DIE (Deluxe edition)” (2022) 


“I AM Hardwell – Documentary” (2013) 
“I AM Hardwell: Living The Dream – Documentary” (2015) 
“Symphony – The Global Revolution of Dance Hardwell & Metropole Orkest” (2020) 

Diverse Range of Artists’ Hardwell Has Had a Chance to Associate With:  

Hardwell has worked with artists as diverse as Rihanna, Example, The Naked and Famous, The Wanted, Fedde Le Grand, Armin van Buuren, Bob Sinclar, Laidback Luke, Steve Angello, Flo Rida ft. Akon, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Alex Gaudino ft. Kelly Rowland, Timmy Trumpet, R3HAB, Taio Cruz, DJ Fresh, Tiësto, Moby, Craig David, Jay Sean, Steve Aoki, etc. 

The Story of Hardwell album 

  • A collective contribution of his biggest hits past and present. 
  • 25-track double CD and a 12-track luxury double vinyl press. 
  • Released: January 31st, 2020  
  • Featuring tracks such as ‘Spaceman’, ‘Encoded’, ‘Retrograde’, as well as previous collaborations with Tiësto (‘Zero76’), Armin van Buuren (‘Off The Hook’), KSHMR (‘Power’), Wildstylez (‘Shine A Light’), Mike Williams (‘I’m Not Sorry’) and Amba Shepherd (‘Apollo’) 


  • 14-track album 
  • Released: September 9th, 2022  


  • I AM Hardwell – Documentary (2013) 
  • I AM Hardwell: Living The Dream – Documentary (2015) 
  • Symphony – The Global Revolution of Dance Hardwell& Metropole Orkest (2020) 


1. Jason Derulo  

“When Hardwell and I decided to work together, I knew the potential of what we would be able to create was incredible, but the ‘Follow Me’ song is a game changer” 

2. Vogue  

“The king of electronic music, Hardwell” 

3. Tiësto 

“He is one of the most talented and passionate producers out there and is adaptable and creative enough to be at the forefront of the scene for a long time to come”  

5. Pete Tong, BBC Radio1 

“Holland’s superstar of big room House”  

6. Terra Brazil 

“One of the world’s elite DJs and producers” 

7. Armin van Buuren 

“Hardwell is not only a great Producer & DJ but, more importantly, stands out as a great personality which is what you really need to be in order survive beyond the “one hit wonders. It’s hard to describe other than you can clearly hear his signature in each of his own productions and/or remixes. That’s class!” 

8. Mixmag 

“One of dance music’s biggest stars.” 

9. Zane Lowe, Apple Music 

“One of the world’s biggest DJs” 

DJ Magazine 

“Wherever there is a spectacle-filled mainstage, you will find Hardwell”. 

10. Billboard Magazine 

“The accolades are endless for this superstar artist”. 

11. Forbes 

“The Dutch artist better known as “Hardwell” has practically done it all”. 

12. MTV International 

“One of dance music’s biggest names over the past few years” 


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