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―Hardwell On Air's Introduction
Robbert van de Corput (born January 7, 1988) who performs under the stage name Hardwell, is a Dutch big room house and electro house DJ, record producer and remixer. He was voted the World's No. 1 DJ on DJ Mag in 2013, and again in 2014. Hardwell is known for his sets at major music festivals such as Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland.
Hardwell first gained recognition in 2009 for his bootleg of "Show Me Love vs. Be". He founded record label Revealed Recordings in 2010 and his own radio show and podcast, Hardwell On Air in 2011. He has since released seven compilation albums through his label, as well as his own documentary film. His debut studio album, United We Are, was released on 23 January 2015.
Robbert van de Corput was born on 7 January 1988 in Breda, Netherlands, where he grew up as well. He started learning classical piano and DJing. Van de Corput was first inspired to become a DJ after watching a documentary about DJs on the Dutch MTV. He was signed to his first record label and he began DJing at reputable clubs across the Netherlands. He enrolled at a music-oriented school and the Rock Academy. Three months into the Rock Academy, he was advised to quit and to pursue a career in music immediately, changing his name to Hardwell. He often cited fellow Breda native, Tiesto, as his biggest inspiration and mentor.
Hardwell gained recognition in 2009 for his bootleg of "Show Me Love vs. Be". The song is a mashup of Robin S.'s "Show Me Love" and the instrumental track "Be" by Steve Angello and Laidback Luke.
In 2010, Hardwell formed his own record label, Revealed Recordings. Soon after the launch, Hardwell started the release of Hardwell presents Revealed, a compilation album released annually which featured some of the label's biggest tracks of that year.
In March 2011, Hardwell launched his own radio show and podcast, Hardwell On Air. His collaboration single with Tiësto, "Zero 76", was a club hit that year and charted on the American iTunes dance chart. Then, Hardwell entered the DJ Mag at number 24.
In 2012, Hardwell's biggest track was the solo-original known as "Spaceman". In July he performed on the main stage at Tomorrowland. Hardwell was named an EDM artist to watch in 2012 by MTV. He then placed at number 6 on DJ Mag for 2012.
In March 2013, he performed for the first time on the mainstage at Ultra Music Festival. Hardwell’s set broke all records for the most watched Ultra Music Festival live broadcast with over 80,000 people watching his set online.
In April 2013, Hardwell launched his I Am Hardwell world tour. The first phase of the tour saw sold-out shows in Jakarta, Singapore, Bangalore, Mumbai, Lisbon, and London with further venues coming up. Following on from his 2012 Tomorrowland performance, he returned to the main stage of the music festival in 2013.
During Amsterdam dance event (ADE) in October 2013, Hardwell held the world premiere of his I Am Hardwell documentary at the Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam. The documentary, filmed by Robin Piree, provides an inside-look at Hardwell's rise and career over the past few years. Shortly after, Hardwell ranked at number one on DJ Mag, making him the youngest DJ ever to top the list at 25 years of age.
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