Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings slated for Ultra’s second UMF Radio stage takeover

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Since its foundation dating back to April of 2010, Revealed Recordings has been the indisputable dance music trailblazer when the conversation turns to the champion bigroom housings. In celebration of an entire decade as a pristine powerhouse imprint, Hardwell is officially set to play host during the 2020 iteration of Ultra Music Festival. He’s formally announced that the Revealed Recordings family will find a home within the UMF Radio stage for the label’s third overall touch down at the hallowed festival following appearances in both 2016 and 2018.

While it remains to be seen which specific Revealed Recording artists will be in attendance when Ultra makes its highly anticipated return home to Bayfront Park this March, fan assumptions based on recent label releases and the label’s ADE night would render a handful of prime suspects such as KAAZE, Dannic, Sick Individuals, SaberZ and Maddix.

The conversation can’t end there, though, as the most mouth-watering piece of this puzzle rests in the hands of Hardwell, who still remains in the midst of his DJ hiatus. The label boss himself has notoriously conjured up some of his most historic moments as an Ultra mainstage resident throughout the festival’s existence and with his entire Dutch family by his side. It could present itself as an opportune moment for a reclamation of the bigroom DJ throne.

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Hardwell frees his final known ID with ‘Go To War’ alongside Suyano

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Although the Revealed Recordings head honcho may not be touring the globe at the moment, Hardwell has assuredly spent his well-deserved vacation cultivating a ceaseless inventory of productions. Included as a mix cut in Hardwell’s 10th anniversary label compilation from this past August, “Go To War” featuring Suyano had remained the sole known ID from Hardwell in 2019 that had yet to be officially released. In timely fashion as the holidays arrive, Hardwell has given “Go To War” its long-awaited shining moment as his concluding single for the year.

The collaboration marks just the second time that both Hardwell and fellow Holland native, Suyano have joined forces following “Light It Up” featuring Richie Loop, which was released late last year. “Go To War” exudes a slightly contrasting nature in comparison to its counterpart as the duo adopts cataclysmic lyricism that goes hand-in-hand with a signature progressive-bigroom hybrid production effort.

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Watch Hardwell compete on Dutch YouTube series ‘Jachtseizoen’

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Although Hardwell has taken an indefinite hiatus from touring, the Dutch powerhouse has remained committed to putting work both inside and outside of the studio. With a relentless output of music including a massive 51-track Revealed Vol. 10 compilation album, triple-collaboration “Left Right” with Deorro and MAKJ, the internationally famed DJ continues to push forward with his label Revealed Recordings and miscellaneous activities—one of which proves to be as entertaining of a source as any.

He recently starred in a Dutch YouTube series, “Jachtseizoen.” Created by StukTV, the web series first aired in December 2016 and centers on a competition premise where they welcome a new guest opponent weekly. Uploaded Saturday, Oct. 26 on StukTV, the comedic episode finds Hardwell competing against the cast of StukTV in a prison break scenario where he must escape in order to win.

The rules of the competition detail that Hardwell has a 20-minute head start before his competitors are allowed to start finding him. He will also hold a GPS tracker that relays his location to the competitors every 10 minutes. If Hardwell manages to evade his opponents for four hours, he wins.

Watch Hardwell on the run below to see the results.

Hardwell, Deorro, and MAKJ prove a thunderous trio on the festival-primed ‘Left Right’

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A seasoned cast of collaborators stand behind “Left Right.” Hardwell, Deorro, and MAKJ convene on the festival-primed production, which sources its hype-inducing voiceover from the iconic vocal chords of none other than Fatboy Slim. The trio’s purpose is apparent from just one play: galvanize party rockers to put their hands in the air. Then, get them to follow the “left,” “right” directives of the thunderous cut.

“Left Right’s” anthemic framework, verbal commands, and resounding, bass-boosted drops channel classic festival sound. It’s by Hardwell, Deorro, and MAKJ’s deliberate high-octane design that “Left Right” materializes as a pounding stomper that lends itself almost too easily to live set inclusion.

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NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Hardwell turns back time for his fan-dubbed ‘Old School ID,’ now formally ‘Retrograde’

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While Hardwell may currently be revered for his spirited big-room tastings, the Revealed Recordings boss spent the beginning of this decade inventing more subdued, synth-doused house productions. Originals including the likes of “Encoded,” “Molotov,” and “Zero 76,” alongside his mentor Tiësto were three Hardwell releases that admirably epitomized this reflective approach before evolving towards his present-day direction.

In April of 2018 and once again in the midst of his Brooklyn Mirage performance that following June, fan recordings surfaced online that showcased an unreleased Hardwell production that he prefaced with “who’s ready for that old school Hardwell progressive house music?”

Extending through every performance that preceded his temporary retirement from behind the decks this past October, Hardwell rinsed the accordingly fan-designated “Old School ID” that emphatically contained the essence of the Dutchman’s music circa 2010. After nearly a year and a half of fine tuning and amounting an overwhelming degree of anticipation, Hardwell has officially assigned it a formal label under “Retrograde,” which will serve as the lead single from his forthcoming Revealed Volume 10 compilation album.

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex drops new EP, Knife Party return + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

With just a day’s notice, Skrillex has surprised-dropped a two-track EP on OWSLA, consisting of “Fuji Opener” and “Mumbai Power.” Knife Party came out of the woodwork, too, to reveal their first releases in four years in the form of the Lost Souls EP. Perhaps today’s biggest mega-collaboration comes in the form of Dillon Francis, Boombox Cartel and Desiigner’s “Drip,” and one of the biggest remixes is sure to be Gryffin’s remix of Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You.” Golf Clap have cooked up a spicy remix of Madi and Robokid’s “White Horse,” and Far Out takes Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy’s “Lift You Up” to new heights. Madeaux takes listeners deep into a late-night club with “I Want You,” and Goldroom continues his string of new releases with “Nothing Matters.” DESERT STAR returns to Monstercat with “Carissa,” and Alesso remixes his own tune with TINI, “Sad Song.” Andrew Rayel and HAILENE prove to be a match made in heaven on “Take All of Me,” and Hardwell and Quintino take things up a notch with “Reckless” on Spinnin’. Ray Volpe and Aviella join forces for “Our World,” and Mark Knight’s remixed David Guetta and Raye’s “Stay (Don’t Go Away).”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Relive our top five favorite moments thus far throughout Hardwell’s career

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Since his inaugural debut production dating back to 2008, Hardwell has unequivocally cemented himself among an extremely select class of industry A-listers. The Dutchman initially drew electronic dance music fans in via heart-pounding and dynamic live performances at some of the planet’s most renowned music festivals. He’s since been extensively credited as one of the forefront pioneers of the bigroom house genre with not only his own music, but his main stage appearances where he incorporates never-before-heard creations from a multitude of artists.

Hardwell stunned the dance music world in early Spetember 2018 with the announcement that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from touring life in order to focus on his health and personal endeavors. The message arrived as a bittersweet moment, but fans were more than understanding and respected his decision—especially following the passing of Avicii earlier in the year after he faced extensive mental health obstacles.

While Hardwell continues to spend his much-needed and well-deserved off period in his hometown of Breda, we endlessly reminisce about the historic occasions of his mind-numbing mainstage appearances throughout each and every festival season. During the final performance at his Symphony event at Amsterdam Dance Event alongside the Metropole Orkest, Hardwell addressed the Dutch crowd with a tear-jerking farewell speech that concluded with “I will be back!” To hold us over until that eventual day does arrive, we attempted reduce his illustrious DJ tenture into just five of his most distinguished moments.

Sunset Performance at Ultra Music Festival 2013

Hardwell’s performance at Ultra Music Festival in 2013, which Dancing Astronaut labeled as ‘the unanimous fan favorite set‘ immediately following, is widely regarded as the irrefutable starting point in the mainstream bigroom house movement. The nearly one-hour set held in the midst of downtown Miami, that ignited during a breathtaking spring break sunset, was only the DJ’s second appearance at the iconic dance music festival. Hardwell experimented with a 20-song tracklist that contained productions that would soon convert into an abundance of dance music’s most nostalgic anthems. Introducing the Miami audience to an orchestral rendition of his timeless single, “Spaceman“, Hardwell did let up in the slightest, unleashing Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso’s Calling“, his collaboration “Jumper” with W&W and even had Dyro join him on stage for the premiere of “Never Say Goodbye“.

Return to Tomorrowland in 2018

One of the summer’s most anticipated performances calendar after calendar has been Hardwell’s return to Boom, Belgium, where he stood atop Tomorrowland’s mainstage and delivered a full 60 minutes of fast-paced bigroom. After a two-year hiatus from the renowned international festival, Hardwell officially reappeared on the event’s headliner billing to close Tomorrowland’s preeminent structure during the first evening of weekend one. Commencing with an aptly-crafted introductory edit and bootleg of Eminem’s “Without Me”, Hardwell delivered fan-favorite after fan favorite with his still unreleased “Old School ID”, a flawless mashup of “One Kiss” vs. “Bigroom Never Dies” and an impassioned grand finale featuring Ran-D’s “Zombie”. The moment of the performance that caught everyone’s attention, however, was when Hardwell reached for the mic to unveil the official follow up to his 2012 smash hit “Apollo” with “Being Alive“.

Historic 2017 Sophomore Edition of Hardwell’s Biggest Guestlist Festival

In December of 2015, Hardwell brought an astounding 80,000 fans together for one special event in Mumbai, India for his inaugural ‘World’s Biggest Guestlist Festival’. After an immensely successful first edition alongside the non-profit company Magic Bus to benefit underprivileged children, Hardwell took aim at shattering the first-year’s fundraising mark with the help of W&W, Kill the Buzz and much more. Hardwell delivered a near two-hour performance in front of more than 75,000 fans, playing out some of his most revered edits and mashups and a handful of unreleased productions including his hardstyle collaboration with Wildstylez, “Shine A Light”. The event was able to secure enough donations for more than 100,000 Indian children, who were at the receiving end of the charity’s education initiatives.

First Major Festival Appearance As DJ Mag Top 100’s #1 DJ

Hardwell was awarded with what would be his first of two titles as the number one DJ according to DJ Mag’s fan-voted Top 100 poll in October 2013. Excluding his celebratory performance at Amsterdam Music Festival following the vote reveal, Hardwell’s presence at Ultra Music Festival in 2014 marked the Dutchman’s inaugural major festival performance as defending champion. Clocking in at just over an hour, the display in downtown Miami has been widely lauded as one of, if not, the lone greatest performance of Hardwell’s extensive tenure. Opening with an unreleased cinematic introduction, which would later be known as “Eclipse“, Hardwell unleashed ID after ID in tandem with the unveiling of his remix for Armin van Buuren’s “Ping Pong”, Audien’s remix of “Pompeii” along with a closing hardstyle edit of “Spaceman” and Blasterjaxx and W&W’s “Rocket“.

Final Performance With Metropole Orkest Before Hiatus

After disclosing his impending retirement plans from the DJ world, Hardwell noted that his all-ages event during Amsterdam Dance Event alongside the Grammy-nominated Metropole Orkest would mark his official concluding performance. Through the help of the 52-person orchestra, Hardwell navigated through 30 years of dance music, taking attendees on a nostalgic adventure with the most recognizable productions in mankind. Beginning with early 1980s classics such as Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Hardwell led the journey towards modern hits such as Avicii’s “Levels” and his collaboration with the Metropole Orkest known as “Conquerers“. The celebration of music finished with the aforementioned speech from the Revealed Recordings boss where he stood in front of a crowd chanting his name and thanked them for being there with him before teasing his inevitable comeback.

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Lunar Lunes: The Him shine on new single, AC Slater taps Kaleena Zanders for new Night Bass track + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The Him have teamed up with songstress Maria Hazell on their new single, “Found Me,” and AC Slater brings “Final Fantasy” to his own Night Bass with Kaleena Zanders. Hardwell brings the sounds of the season with “Summer Air,” and Vintage & Morelli deliver listeners to the heavens with “Ascension.” SNBRN brings a plethora of new tunes on his new album, Solé, and Henry Fong and Rawtek join force on “IRIE.” Kai Wachi’s new Kannibalen album brings with it enticing collaborations like “Strangers” with Grabbitz, and Alexander Lewis brings the brass with his new single, “Win the War.” Kramder takes to Uprise Music to release his new tune, “No Time To Be,” and Prince Fox keeps “Runnin” through new music. Friction drops his formidable new Disconnected EP, and TWO LANES, too, release a new body of work in their Drifting EP.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Hardwell and Trevor Guthrie prepare for the warm weather with crossover ballad ‘Summer Air’

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Last September, Hardwell broke the news to his fans that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from touring. But while he may not be getting behind the decks, his production output has been driven tenfold. The Dutchman is now securing his fourth release in the first five months of this calendar year by joining forces with vocalist Trevor Guthrie, who is most notably recognized for his features on Axwell Λ Ingrosso’sDreamer” and Armin van Buuren’sThis Is What It Feels Like“. Memorial Day weekend typically signifies the launch of the widespread summer aura so Hardwell and Guthrie are moving hastily on the first New Music Friday immediately following with their crossover, “Summer Air”.

Hardwell expeditiously designs a beachside backdrop on “Summer Air” that’s comprised of guitar-induced acoustics and inspiriting synths, which introduce itself behind Trevor Guthrie’s memorable lyrics. A horn-led progressive chorus enables the collaboration to become a flawless merger between the dance and pop cosmos as the pairing aims to infiltrate radio airwaves in the approaching season. “Summer Air” is another piece of indisputable evidence that whether it’s Hardwell’s quintessential bigroom approach or his more radio-friendly productions, the output has persistently remained world class.

Throughout the YouTube premiere of the music video for “Summer Air”, Hardwell appeared in the comments for a rare question and answer session with his fans. He gave some background on the single, stating that he asked Guthrie to assist on the final version after feeling “inspired” by the original demo and that he actually worked on it inside of his favorite bar in his hometown of Breda. He also confirmed that his long-awaited ‘Oldschool ID’ would arrive before the year’s conclusion alongside collaborations with Quintino, Deorro and MAKJ.

“Summer Air” is officially out now via Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings or via the vibrant visuals in the music video.

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