When an artist redefines a musical genre and becomes the standard that artists look to for direction, it truly is something special. At just 26 years old, Robbert van de Corput has built a spectacular career around doing just that. From headlining the world’s biggest stages to launching his own record label, Hardwell has solidified himself as the top act in EDM. Last year Hardwell made the jump from #6 to #1 in DJ MAG’s illustrious poll of the top 100 DJs. Some believe Hardwell separates himself from the pack with his unmatched studio hours, others think it’s his unique sound. The combination of many aspects has earned him the title of worlds best DJ, but anyone who’s seen Dutch sensation would know it’s his live sets that distinguish him as the best.
Hardwell has an unmatched ability to leave crowds in an absolute frenzy, wanting nothing more than a few more pulses from the speakers connected to his CDJs. The energy and precision he places in his sets are a thing of beauty and ever changing as he tours. Of course, there are the Hardwell favorites everyone expects to hear, but it’s the unreleased mashups coupled with a plethora of tracks, new and old that make seeing Hardwell more than just a show. Seeing Hardwell is an experience, and I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the Hardwell experience four times now. Robbert van de Corput has laid down countless unbelievable performances through the years and below are a few of our favorites.
#1 Hardwell at Ultra Music Festival 2013
Having met Hardwell earlier in the day, it’s safe to say I was ecstatic to see what he had in store for everyone that packed into Bayfront Park. Robert said he had been working on his set for almost 3 months and it was the perfect time to test out all his new material.
#2 Hardwell at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2012
Hardwell really began to showcase his abilities as an emerging talent in 2012 when he destroyed the desert at EDC LV 2012.
#3 Hardwell at Tomorrowland 2012
As Hardwell continued his breakout year in 2012, he changed a majority of his set from EDC and delivered a set that is still racking up the views on YouTube.
#4 Hardwell at Tomorrowland 2014
As a little bonus here’s the set Hardwell put together in Belgium this summer.
Make sure to get your tickets for the North American leg of the I AM Hardwell Tour to experience a show for yourself!