From the beach to the sandwich shop, from the hotel to the pool, and all the way to the airport, everyone was talking about Hardwell during Miami Music Week. The acclaimed number six DJ in the world was fresh off his weekend one Ultra Music Festival set turned phenomenon and was the instant favorite of all three days. Fans didn’t even have to be at Bayfront Park to experience what the commotion was all about. His entire set was streamed live from UMFTV and 80,000 viewers tuned in to share Ultra’s highlight outing with those in attendance and those on Twitter who contributed to the hashtag trends of #Hardwell and #UltraLive.
After delivering music from 7pm to 8pm, a speechless and sweat-drenched Robbert van de Corput walked off stage and referred to his set as “the best gig [he's] done so far.” That’s exactly what he said last year on the same stage, but he didn’t hesitate for a second to acknowledge that he’s topped himself in 2013. The magic was felt on his side of the booth, but what made Hardwell’s set so illustrious for fans worldwide? Hint: It wasn’t Lil’ Jon.
When two of the biggest producers in electro join forces the resulting mayhem is nothing short of apocalyptic. On Laidback Luke and Hardwell‘s latest collaboration the combination of Luke‘s punchy Dutch percussion and Hardwell‘s blaring electro create a cacophony of raucous synthwork that thrashes and bounces with incredible ease. Set to be released on MixMash on April 22nd, “Dynamo” is dynamite, destined to explode onto the Beatport charts, propelled forward by Laidback Luke and Hardwell‘s impeccable talent for creating amphetamine-fueled electro outputs.
Not content with a simple residency, Hardwell has just announced his “Go Hardwell or Go Home” event series for Hakkasan Las Vegas. The exclusive brand will showcase the amphetamine-laced sets of the Revealed Recordings head honcho, including performances at WET REPUBLIC.
“Hakkasan Las Vegas is going to be an experience beyond anyone’s imagination and I am very excited to celebrate my new experience with my fans,” says Hardwell.
To create this experience, Hardwell will utilize state of the art visuals and his own productions to transport guests into a futuristic space travel experience complete with spacemen and an atmosphere that is truly intergalactic. The “Go Hardwell or Go Home” series promises to epitomize Hardwell’s music, representing the final frontier of electronic music experiences.
Where “Spaceman” dominated in 2012, its followup, “Apollo,” has taken 2013 by storm. Now Hardwell’s latest anthem is taking steps away from big room in separate directions with its remix package. Dash Berlin, Lucky Date, Noisecontrollers,and Psychic Type each take their hands at “Apollo,” giving the track facelifts of every sort. Dash’s trance rendition has been the most notable as it has gained airtime across the world in A State Of Trance sets and Lucky Date summons the bulky electro within, while Noisecontrollers and Pyschic Type provide an unexpected dubstep flare.
Beginning March 30th, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Hardwell, Nervo, Steve Aoki and Tommy Trash will descend upon Wet Republic at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in sunny Las Vegas to launch pool season in high gear. The star-studded DJ line up has been scheduled through till April 28th (so far) and will provide non-stop, action-filled entertainment at Sin City’s hottest pool party destination. The news comes by way of highly-anticipated club Hakkasan Las Vegas finally opening its doors next month at MGM, which will share the same exclusive residencies. Dates and tickets below.
Just in time for some serious Miami Music Week exposure, the remix package for Hardwell‘s “Apollo” receives its first Revealed Records sneak peak. As the label continues to dominate the release circuit, Hardwell‘s budding imprint delivers a 4-track package featuring Dash Berlin, Noisecontrollers, Lucky Date and Psychic Type. Each producer lends their own unique style to Hardwell’s anthemic original, using Amba Shepherd’s vocals as a creative springboard for their heavily remixed iterations. Dash Berlin’s 4am remix pulses with ethereal trance progressions before it’s thunderous drop, while electro-duo Noisecontrollers intertwine dub and electro into a twisted shell of frothy bass. Lucky Date arrives with his signature frantic bass lines in tow and reminds us why — when it comes to energy — electro house reigns king before Canadian newcomer Psychic Type subdues the tempo and develops his own swinging dub-trap hybrid.
Hear the remixes live at the Revealed Recordings showcase at Mansion Miami on March 21st.
Hardwell‘s Revealed Recordings imprint is gearing up for Miami and, in addition to slated performances around South Beach, has released an official compilation for the conference. Revealed Recordings Presents Miami 2013 features up-and-comers that are making a splash for the first time on Hardwell’s label. In the mix is new music from Paris & Simo, Henry Fong and Landis, along with Psychic Type with a remix of “The Code.” Listen to the compilation’s mini-mix, grab the free download and check the tracklist after the break.
Hundreds of DJs, seven stages, two weekends. Where do you start? Who do you see and who do you skip? Dancing Astronaut has you covered. We’ve filled you in on the acts you can’t ignore for Weekend One, spearheaded by dubstep and deep house-heavy rosters. The second weekend, however, sees another two genres at the forefront along with some of the biggest names in popular dance music. From the whopping trance offerings to the invigorating trap overture, to the best in progressive and electro, here are the stages you can’t ignore at Ultra Weekend Two.
We at Dancing Astronaut have realized that our readership is teeming with talent that has yet to be discovered. We’re also incredibly enthusiastic that so many of you have begun to contribute to the EDM community with your own tracks and musical styles — and the incredible amount of promos we get on a daily basis can attest to that. Stargazers is a column that will showcase members of the DA community and recognize their talents as original EDM producers! We encourage all of you to support your fellow DA fanatics- any of you could be headlining Ultra’s Main Stage someday.
The latest edition of Stargazers finds Dancing Astronaut sitting down with one of Holland’s hottest up-and-comers. Hardwell’s protégé, Dannic, is coming off a tremendous 2012 campaign that saw his tracks “Flare” and “Clobber” light up the Beatport charts and rock festivals across the world. Primetime releases on such divergent and marquee labels as Revealed Recordings and Toolroom Records have left little doubt that Dannic is going places in the near future. Will 2013 be the year he ascends to the level of his decorated mentor? Check out our interview on point after the break. (more…)