Hardwell – Kicking It Hard

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Those who know Hardwell already know he’s well capable of “Kicking It Hard;” however, his latest and fittingly-titled track really cements this fact. The three-minute stomper kicks into high gear with high-pitched big room synths and monstrous kicks, opening into a drop meant for maximum chaos. Housed  Hardwell’s own Revealed Recordings, we have a feeling quite a few of his colleagues will pick it up to add a bit of rowdiness into their fall season sets.

“Kicking It Hard” might conjure some bittersweet feelings among fans, however. The producer announced his retirement from DJing over summer, with his last performance set to be live streamed from ADE. Hearing tracks like this live will certainly be missed, but his legacy will remain.



Hardwell’s final DJ performance will be live-streamed

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All good things come to an end… for now. For Hardwell fans, they will have one final chance to see the Dutch producer perform live at Amsterdam Dance Event on October 18. For those who are unable to make it overseas, the all-ages show will be live-streamed across numerous social and digital channels from ADE.

Just last month, Hardwell detailed in a Facebook post his decision to focus on himself. He writes, “I have grown from an ambitious kid with everything to gain into the 30-year old I am today whilst evolving as an artist with triple the speed of my aging process. Over the past few years I’ve come to know myself better and better and over time I realized that there’s still so much I want to share with my family and friends, so many roads I’d like to explore, but being Hardwell 24/7 leaves too little energy, love, creativity and attention for my life as a normal person to do so.”

Tune in with Hardwell and the Metropole Orkest’s Symphony: The Global Revolution of Dance at 8 p.m. CEST on October 18 at the Ziggo Dome Amsterdam.

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Hardwell releases first original track since announcing his departure from touring

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Hardwell has been gracing the music headlines lately after announcing that he is stepping away from touring indefinitely. In a Sept. 7 Facebook post, the artist stated that he’s neglected to work on the person behind his Hardwell moniker and will be taking some time to do so with family and friends. Despite stepping away from an insane touring schedule, his music production hasn’t slowed.

The producer has just released a brand new original track with Suyano less than two weeks after the announcement. The high-energy release is another main stage anthem that would have been the perfect addition to his live performances, but fans will have to wait to hear it come from Hardwell himself. With stuttered vocals and a pounding bass kick, these two producers have created a reggae-infused big room heater. Its laid-back Caribbean-inspired verses contrast greatly from its powerful drop and chorus, making it accessible for fans of a variety of genres.

The track is out on the producer’s own Revealed Recordings, and an accompanying music video is out here.

Hardwell adds a big house filter to U2’s ‘Summer Of Love’

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U2 releases a slew of remixes of their single, “Summer Of Love,” from their 2017 Songs Of Experience album. Hardwell, who recently announced he’s planning to taking a break from touring, took a shot at a remake. Although the Revealed Recordings helmer is taking time off from his famously unending itinerary, he’s still releasing singles, and added studio time should be a direct result of a touring hiatus. Adding a big room ambiance with hard hitting drums and a strong lead synth atop rumbling sub bass, the Dutch DJ builds anticipation through lush synth plucks underneath Bono’s inspiring vocals.

The Irish rock band also enlisted talents of Robin Schulz, Tilt, Danny Stubbs, Howie B, Rusty Egan, and HP Hoeger for remix work. They’re currently in the middle of their U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE world tour. Listen to Hardwell’s big room take on “Summer of Love” below.

Hardwell announces indefinite break from touring

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Hardwell fans will not find the powerhouse producer among 2018 bookings in the club circuit, given the producer’s recent announcement that he’s taking a temporary but indefinite reprieve from touring.

“I have decided to clear my schedule indefinitely to be completely liberated from targets, interviews, deadlines, release dates, etc.,” Hardwell wrote in a Facebook post that notified fans of his retreat from the heavily scheduled lifestyle of a world-renowned DJ. “I’ve always dealt with all the pressure that comes with the heavy touring schedule, but for now, it felt too much, like a never ending rollercoaster ride,” Hardwell continued, “I always try to give myself 200% and in order to keep doing that, and feeding my creativity, I need some time off to be me, the person behind the artist and reflect on everything that happened the last few years.”

Hardwell will host his All Ages show at the Ziggo Dome of Amsterdam Dance Event in October, but will otherwise halt his touring schedule. The producer notes that he will continue to “keep making music” in the future and will “never let go of it” and “always aim to….connect with [his] fans through it.”

Hardwell’s step back from the demanding nature of his own touring schedule further exemplifies the growing candor among DJs, as more artists within the electronic scene continue to speak openly about the mental and physical challenges that touring imposes.

Hardwell delivers a lesson in big room romantics with ‘This Is Love’

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This new music Friday, Hardwell is here to show the world a thing or two about everyone’s favorite — or least favorite — four-letter word. “This Is Love” is now out via his own Revealed Recordings, and it’s ready to endear the masses.

In crafting “This Is Love,” Hardwell had a little help from his friends: Swedish producer and repeat Revealed talent, Kaaze, and Ne-Yo-championed, Island/Def Jam songstress and contestant on The Voice, Loren Allridge. Allridge’s cascading vocals entrench the track in romantic yearning; that is, until the momentous production and ever-rising rhythms flood the listener’s ears entirely as the song relents into a thrusting avalanche of the melodic big room. These are the sounds he has carefully perfected over the years, creating a surefire piece of entertainment to hold until his next big single.

Calvin Harris and friends celebrate Labor Day weekend with Hakkasan

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Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group is known for its worldwide hospitality, five-star restaurants and top-of-the-line night clubs which span from the eponymous Hakkasan, Omnia, and beyond. The brand’s organizers have been hard at work preparing their institutions for Labor Day festivities around the corner, and are finally ready to reveal the supremely-stacked bill of guest talent to headline throughout the weekend of August 30 to September 3.

Calvin Harris, Tïesto, and Martin Garrix are just a few names participating in the festivities, along with hip-hop phenomenon Lil’ Jon, who is no stranger to Hakkasan Group’s events. It’s hard to resist spending the holiday weekend among such legendary, chart-topping artists. Not to mention, no matter then venue, each performance is guaranteed to be accompanied by Hakkasan production standards, which include top class lighting and visuals, sound, and layout.

Omnia’s Vegas branch at Caesars Palace kicks off its Labor Day Weekend on Friday, August 31 with Calvin Harris, and Generic and DJ Dash as his opening acts. Zedd and DJ Lucky You take over on September 1. Finally, Martin Garrix closes out the weekend with DJ Bamboozle on September 2.

Jewel Nightclub, situated in the Aria Resort & Casino, has its share of talent as well. Playboi Carti opening festivities there on August 31. Tyga comes through on September 1, with the cake-throwing talent Steve Aoki closing out on Sunday, September 2.

Get ready to scream “HEY!” And “OKAY!” With Lil Jon at Hakkasan on Thursday, August 30. Hardwell swings by with Kill the Buzz on August 31. Tiesto headlines with Dzeko and DJ Five on Saturday, September 1, with an encore performance by Calvin Harris and Generik on Sunday, September 2. 1OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino celebrates the end of summer with the “Panda” singer, Desiigner on Friday, August 31st, along with O.T. Genasis on September 1st. 

Pool parties during the day time hours are set to bring an oasis from the heat in the funnest of fashions. Wet Republic will be starting off its afternoon festivities Tïesto and Dzeko at the helm, with Steve Aoki and Kaskade joining the fray on September 1. Martin Garrix makes plays a daytime cameo alongside Justin Mylo on September 2. Liquid Pool Lounge at will be hosting the likes of Scooter & Lavelle, DJ E-Rock, DJ Drama, BRKYLN, DJ Buza. Last, but not least, partiers can also enjoy Greg Lopez, G-Squared, Zsuzsanna, and DJ Que at the Bare Pool Lounge in The Mirage if none of the previous events mentioned don’t fit their fance. On that note the Barekini Contest with DJ Flow on Monday, September 3 is set to be a fun cap off for the weekend. All in all, Hakkasan is gearing up to close out festival season in style.


Cascada’s classic ‘Everytime We Touch’ gets a big room upgrade from Hardwell and Maurice West

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Your first rave favorite just got a big room upgrade.

Hardwell and Maurice West had the honor of remixing Cascada‘s classic euro rave sensation “Everytime We Touch” for  Zoo Digital. While maintaining most of the original song’s structure, the Dutch DJs added wider trance synths and updated electro-house grooves on the rhythm. The newly revamped classic does a great job of consistently building heart-racing anticipation from front to back. Pitched vocals run up on a fist pumping kick arrangement and that unforgettable melody.

Maurice West also added his big room spin to DeBarge’s “Rhythm of the Night,” continuing his trend of remixing classic dance hits. Hardwell recently performed the remix at Tomorrowland. Watch the track’s live debut below and listen to the new remix in full on Spotify.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike release Tomorrowland 2018 EP featuring Hardwell, Nicky Romero, KSHMR, and Bassjackers

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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have released their Tomorrowland 2018 EP, featuring collaborations with Hardwell, Nicky Romero, KSHMR, W&W, Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, and Bassjackers. Celebrating the two-weekend event, the Belgian DJ duo released seven tracks in 10 days.

The EP kicks off with “Unity,” a heavy collaboration with Hardwell. Festival synths and hardstyle rhythms take over, surprising listeners. Nicky Romero’s feature samples The Chemical Brothers‘ “Hey Boy, Hey Girl,” in another hardstyle heater.  “Opa” with KSHMR takes advantage of Greek influences using Bouzouki sounds and electro-house rhythms.

“Arcade Mammoth” is as big and wide as the title suggests. Plucking synths that lead into trance synth melodies is exactly what listeners would expect from this collaboration between Dutch duo, W&W, and the No. 2 DJs on DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs list.

There are two Bassjackers alliances on the EP, “All I Need” and “The Jungle.” Both combine elements of trap, electro, and bass music using trap rhythms and eclectic synth whomps.

The project culminates with a calmer verse than previous tracks. Around the two-minute mark, listeners are met with that signature hardstyle fans know and love from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Wiz Khalifa’s vocals add a cooling contrast from the bigger synth play.

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Relive weekend one of Tomorrowland 2018: sets by Above & Beyond, Hardwell, Tchami x Malaa, + more

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The first three days of Tomorrowland 2018 are officially in the books. While there may be another packed weekend of brilliant, Belgian-based mayhem still in store, we took a look back at high points from weekend one of EDM’s most storied celebration. Whether it’s a two-hour euphoria trip with Above & Beyond at the Anjunabeats stage or a crawl through the techno trenches with Charlotte de Witte at the main stage, weekend one implores a revisit. See our top highlights from Tomorrowland’s opening weekend below.

Charlotte de Witte

Don Diablo

Axwell ∧ Ingrosso

Tchami x Malaa


Steve Aoki

Carl Cox


Nicky Romero


Oliver Heldens

Above & Beyond

San Holo