For Robbert van de Corput, better known to his tens of thousands of international dance fans as DJ Hardwell, October has been a month and a half. The 25-year-old Dutch DJ has won himself world’s No.1 DJ spot in the 2013 DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll when 750,000 votes from 170 countries were cast for him in the international music count.
So Hardwell is following well the footsteps of Dutch electronic DJ superstar Tiësto when he beat stiff competition from David Guetta, Avicii and Armin van Buuren to become the youngest DJ ever to wear the DJ Mag crown. Hardwell thanks his fans, who wave banners, flags and proudly wear T-shirts with his name on them, as they gyrate to his music on the dance floors of the world.
A young boy from Breda first made his name known already at the age of 14. Hardwell found that he could stream the right mixture of dance music together to compile CDs that sweep charts and throb dance floors worldwide.
His Revealed Recordings had produced six consecutive No. 1s on Beatport, with records such as Countdown, Spaceman, Jumper, Three Triangles (Losing My Religion) and Apollo. Never Say Goodbye, recorded with Dyro and Bright Lights, is played a lot this summer. His I Am Hardwell world tour has sold out in Amsterdam, Singapore, India and London.
His gig at the 2013 Miami Ultra Music Festival clocked up record-breaking six million views in eight weeks, his set at Tomorrowland attracted million views, while his YouTube clip has been viewed over 12 million times so far.