Robbert van de Corput, who you may know better as the iconic EDM superstar, Hardwell, is a man in no need of an introduction. He does it all: from being a two-time #1 Top 100 DJ, a veteran producer, and even the CEO of one of the finest labels around, Revealed Recordings. We had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with him about what’s ahead for both him and his label for the rest of the year, which contains some extremely exciting news for all of us fans. Enjoy!
What's the genre you like most at the moment? And what do you think about the new pop trend we had with the "future bass" genre?
My live sets are such a mix of sounds and my productions take influence from a lot of genres like trance and hardstyle, but I would say I’m really into the power of dance and pop music together, although these collaborations have been going on forever, it’s great to see the Dutch and American producers collaborating with artists and DJs from different cultures and different scenes. I recently collaborated with Craig David which was something different, he’s from a UK garage and hip-hop background, so bringing his pop vocal and energy into our track was so much fun. I really like the future bass sound, Conro is a producer I think is cool making that sort of sound, he’s released on my label Revealed Recordings and done some big remixes for Martin Garrix…it’s fun to see how these sounds will evolve.
Any hot news you can share with us about your next releases?
I have a very exciting collaboration coming next week that I can’t say too much about yet – but I’m also working on some new releases with KSHMR, Mr. Vegas and Henry Fong. Some of the fans have been waiting a while for my collab with Henry but some of these tracks will come as surprises, I’ll also have some special remixes coming out soon, new versions of tracks just for my fans in certain regions, but again, I can’t say too much! A lot of new music coming your way!
We would like to talk about the future of your label "Revealed". What you have in store for the next months and how you choose the artists you work with? Any advice for the upcoming producers to get a record deal with you?
We have some huge releases from Kura, Row Rocka and Kill The Buzz coming up in the next month or so, we’re planning a lot of exciting things for the Summer months and some more Eps – all will be announced soon!
To get signed to Revealed Recordings can take a lot of different avenues, sometimes it’s demos’ that still need work, sometimes it’s a great remix that we know as a label can be pushed further, and it doesn’t matter what genre. We sign trance tracks, big-room tracks, electro tracks; as long as the track is genuine and the producer has taken the time to try and learn their techniques as well as they can, even as a producer starting out, I think that really shows. Learning to adapt but also having an idea of what you want to make, and how you want to make it, is important.
Please leave a message for your Malaysian fans!
"Thank you for all the support at my live shows and for following my career since the beginning! Malaysia always has a special place in my heart and I hope to visit again and play you all some new music very soon."
Discovering Revealed Recordings:
Hardwell presented his very own imprint Revealed Recordings in 2010. The young house sensation revealed a fresh and open-minded label. Next to Hardwell’s own tracks and collaborations, Revealed Recordings will also release tracks that fit the versatile sound of the label, whether that be progressive -, tech – or electro house influenced. Within a short period the label has built up a distinct label profile in today’s dance scene with a unique sound.
To name a few releases on Revealed Recordings: W&W and Ummet Ozcan's 'The Code', Dyro’s ‘Leprechauns & Unicorns’, 3LAU, Paris & Simo feat. Bright Lights’ ‘Escape’, Dannic’ and Shermanology’s ‘Wait For You’, Julian Calor ‘Space Dial’, Thomas Gold feat Kate Elsworth ‘Colourblind’ J-Trick & Deorro’s ‘Rambo’ plus countless more.
Revealed Recordings has also grown to become a dominant force as a globetrotting tour brand having staged events in America, Greece, Switzerland, UK and the Netherlands.
DISCOVERING HARDWELL ON AIR
Hardwell’s radio show and podcast, Hardwell On Air, is broadcasted on more than 150 international radio stations worldwide, including Holland’s top dance station, Radio 358, Sirius XM in the US, Capital FM in UK and NRJ in France and Germany, as well as stretching further around the global with slots from Taiwan to Hawaii and Argentina to Lebanon. Additionally, the podcast has proven to be one of the best radio shows in the world, occupying a solid spot in the iTunes Top 10 Podcasts and rapidly growing to more than 300,000 views on YouTube each week, which combined with its International syndication prowess makes Hardwell On Air the most listened to weekly station online.
A regular on the airwaves since 2011, ‘Harwell On Air’ celebrated its 300th episode on January 20th 2017 with its founder and host Hardwell holding a special live broadcast treating fans to a sizzling selection of named artists including Martin Garrix and Don Diablo plus a plethora of music that ensured this celebration was one of the biggest ‘On Air’ parties to date.
United We Are Foundation
Utilising his global appeal for social change, Hardwell, along with Anna Agency launched the United We Are Foundation. Created to “give something back’” to the children of the world, the United We Are Foundation is a charity project that has global ambitions to educate young children in different communities around the world.
World’s Biggest Guest list
The first project launched on Sunday December 13th in one of India’s largest stadiums, the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Mumbai, saw Hardwell joined by 70,000+ fans on his own personal guest list to unite for an occasion to “make a social difference” against the lack of education for underprivileged children living in the slums of Mumbai. With over 125,000 fans registering for the opportunity to attend this historic event and to be a part of creating a brighter future for thousands of children, the concert billed as the ‘World’s Biggest Guest List’ has sparked a revolution in live entertainment in India, that it now plans to extend to other countries around the globe.
After the event in Mumbai, Hardwell was invited to take part in a special event organised by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Johan Cruijff Foundation at the UN headquarters in New York. This event put the spotlight on sport as a medium for development and peace and invite famed sport stars from the world of football to discuss this topic in a global forum. Among them were ex-footballers as well as dignitaries from all the United Nations. Hardwell’s DJ appearance at this UN event presented him with the opportunity to talk about his own United We Are Foundation and highlight to UN delegates the work the foundation is doing to change the welfare of young children through education.