2013 was the year that marked a change in landscape at the top tier of the electronic community, after a prolonged dominance from a pioneering few, last year saw the rise of an ambassador figure for a new generation. Crowning off a colossal 12-month period of hit records and global tours by claiming the World #1 DJ title in the 2013 edition of the Top 100 DJ Poll, beating the likes of Armin van Buuren and Tiësto, Hardwell also made history by becoming the ‘youngest ever DJ’ to win the prestigious award. Fast-forward a year and the leviathan Dutch star has done it again – cementing his place atop of the world’s elite.
Hardwell’s growth from a rising star amongst his peers to become one of the scenes most formidable musical titans is an exhaustive journey that was brilliant captured on film in his mesmerising documentary, I AM HARDWELL. Taking that voyage and raising the bar even further during this period leading up to this year’s victory has been one of truly global proportions. From his mainstage dominating Tomorrowland performances back in July – including a special B2B with Tiësto – to his epic closing set at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival in March, which to date has clocked up over 8.5 million views on YouTube, and least we forget his glowing headline performances at Ultra Europe, EDC Mexico City, Australia’s Future Music Festival, EDC NYC, EDC Las Vegas, the prestigious Indy 500 Race Event, Mysteryland Netherlands and Dance Valley, as well as playing both the mainstage and his own Revealed Recordings arena at Creamfields, it’s fair to say Hardwell has been a constant presence at every major event worldwide.
Locking in residencies at Las Vegas’s Hakkasan nightclub – that saw him return to the nightlife mecca – after blazing across Europe, Asia, South America and Africa with his I AM HARDWELL concept tour. Whilst a New York Times Square takeover saw him announce the final North American dates with a run of shows confirmed at premiere arenas in San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Miami before culminating at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden, in what is set to be a truly spectacular finale to one of the year’s biggest electronic touring events. Fast-forward to the summer months and his debut Ibiza residency at Ushuaia saw him demonstrate, across ten sun-drenched weeks, exactly why he has earned the accolade #1 DJ in the world from the legions of fans that voted over the course of the poll.
For much of his loyal following his ever-present radio show, Hardwell On Air, which is now broadcasting across 80 international stations weekly and holding a solid spot in the iTunes Top 10 podcasts in more than 45 countries, remains their regular dose of all things Hardwell. Giving fans across the globe, a chance to revel in the enthusiasm and energy of this young mans passion for electronic music.
His label Revealed Recordings, now regarded as one of the most forward thinking imprints in the scene, maintains an international presence with its releases, club takeovers and festival arena hosts worldwide, including Creamfields, Amsterdam Dance Event and Miami’s Music Week. Throughout, Hardwell has maintained prolific output of fresh music. Collecting a plethora of Beatport #1’s, including big-room smashes like, ‘Everybody Is In The Place’, his remix of Coldplays ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ and recent release ‘Arcadia’. As well as other tracks such as his remix of Armin van Buuren’s ‘Ping Pong’, his Hardwell edit of Deorro & J-Trick’s ‘Rambo,’ and not forgetting his debut entry into the UK chart ‘Dare You,’ that reached #18. His latest single from his forthcoming album is new single ‘Young Again’ with Chris Young on vocals, which is out now.
Never one to rest on his success, Hardwell’s dedication to his fans is unrivalled. Having amassed in excess of 6.9 million Facebook ‘likes’ and 1.7 million Twitter followers, Hardwell regularly engages directly with them, introducing his exclusive Q&A series ‘Behind The Decks’ series where the Dutch maestro offers a candid insight into his world as an international touring artist. It is this intrinsic bond between artist and audience, which has been fostered since Hardwell started out on this journey at just 14, that has cultivated his dedicated legions of fans to catapult Hardwell to the very top of the renowned Poll for a second year running.
Commenting on his sensational 2014 crowning, Hardwell said: “To achieve this accolade two years running is an incredible feeling. I’ve worked really hard this year to give back to the fans and commit to them all that I can and to know they’ve embraced my music and DJ sets with such open arms leaves me speechless. The passion and spirit I see from all the guys and girls on the dancefloor is so unbelievably magical, their love for this scene and the music is the biggest inspiration there is. This win is undoubtedly a huge milestone for me but more than anything else this win is also about them! They are what makes each and every Hardwell show so special and unique. So thank you, for your continued and unequivocal support.”
In the midst of this news, Hardwell is prepping for his I AM HARDWELL North American tour that is launching next week.
I AM HARDWELL North American Tour
Hardwell’s I AM HARDWELL North American Tour launches in Chicago on October 31st, and runs through five other dates across the U.S. and Canada before closing at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York on November 15th. Tickets for the I AM HARDWELL North American Tour are on sale here: http://bit.ly/1qmonpJ.
|31-Oct||UIC Pavilion||Chicago, IL|
|1-Nov||International Centre – Hall 5/Arrow Hall||Toronto, ON|
|7-Nov||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium||San Francisco, CA|
|8-Nov||The Forum||Los Angeles, CA|
|10-Nov||Pacific Coliseum||Vancouver, BC|
|14-Nov||Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park||Miami, FL|
|15-Nov||Madison Square Garden||New York, NY|