Robbert van de Corput, world famous by his stage name of Hardwell, is best known for his sets at music festivals, including Ultra Music Festival, Sunburn and Tomorrowland. He is one of the few twice named #1 DJ on DJ Mag. Here are some interesting facts about the Dutch electro house DJ:
In the year 2011, he was ranked in the "Top 100 DJs" category by DJ Mag for the first time at #24 as the second-highest entry newcomer behind Skrillex.
This was the same spot, the legend Tiësto made his debut into "Top 100 DJs" category by DJ Mag. Within a period of 3 years, Tiësto made it to the top position. Following his footsteps, Hardwell also became the World's No. 1 DJ on DJ Mag in 2013 and again in 2014.
Hardwell started his DJ career at the age 13 and his first release was signed by a Dutch label when he was only 14.
He is the first DJ to put his rights into a blockchain, claiming that “This (blockchain) will change the music industry radically and forever.”
In the year 2011, he launched a radio show and podcast titled "Hardwell On Air," a weekly radio show broadcast live on Fridays from 11:00pm to 00:00. The HOA is broadcasted on more than 25 international radio stations and also ranks in the iTunes Top 10 Podcasts in more than 30 countries.
It is said that Hardwell was inspired by a documentary. He decided to follow his dream, when he was just 10 years old, after watching a documentary about electronic scions, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and Tiësto.
It is reported that before getting his first international gig, he had already played over 500 gigs in Holland.
He started playing the piano when he was just 4 years old and started producing dance music at the age of 8.
He created his YouTube account on December 18, 2006. Although this is where he shares his podcast Hardwell On Air, the account was first used for promotion of his CD series named Electric Beatz.
He was born Robbert van de Corput, on January 7, 1988, in Breda Netherlands tio Cor van de Corput and Anneke. He began taking piano lessons and attended a music school, just as he turned 4.
In January 2014, he published the documentary "I Am Hardwell," which tells the story of his career. He was accompanied by the director Robin Piree for nearly two and half years, to make this documentary, which documents his most successful moments.
The stage name ‘Hardwell’ was actually created by his father, which he started using when he was only 12. Hardwell is the family’s last name in Latin.
At the end of 2007, he released the song "Never Knew Love" produced as a part of the collaboration with Greatski. The single was featured on the official German single-charts.
In the year 2016, he lent his voice to a little pug named Mel in the animated movie "The Secret Life of Pets."
From the age of 14-18, he had to take his parents along with him for playing at major clubs in Netherlands because he was not allowed entry due to age factor.
By age 6, he was already playing musical instruments like the piano. He claims in an interview that his first early memories of music came from his father plucking chords to tracks by James Brown and Michael Jackson.
He is reportedly involved with Yanicke Agnes, a Dutch event manager, whom he met in a bar in Breda. The duo have been in a relationship since 2014.
In the year 2010, he founded the record label Revealed Recordings, with main focuses on big room house, dance, progressive house and electro house.
He reportedly didn’t charge any fees for playing in the World’s Biggest Guestlist in Mumbai on December 13, 2015, through which they raised enough money to educate 18000 children in India through the Magic Bus Foundation.
Hardwell’s most popular track "Zero 76" with his mentor Tiesto, is said to be dedicated to the area code of the city, which both of them proudly hail from – Breda, Netherlands.
He went on a bus tour through Canada, together with his DJ colleagues and best friends Dannic and Dyro, in the year 2013, in connection with his label "Revealed-Recordings." Shortly after the trio was given the name "Dutch-House-Mafia."
It was reported that Hardwell ghost produced a track that made it into the Beatport Top 10., which Maarten Vorwerk claims to know, but insists on keeping details silent. There was a fan theory that the said song was Thomas Newson’s “Pallaroid” but the speculations ended soon, leaving no sure-shot evidence about which song it was in particular.
He is skilled at Judo and Martial arts, and as a teenager, he would spend his free time from playing at clubs, practicing martial arts.
He launched his first fragrance "Eclipse," during the Amsterdam Dance Event, on October 20, 2017. It is available in the Revealed Store.
In 2009, Tiësto invited him to one of his performances, where the duo performed together on the stage. This gave him the required exposure in the Netherlands, which led to gigs on media events, including the "Dancevalley Festival", who’s official anthem was produced by him under the title of "Twilight Zone."
He had his big international breakthrough in 2009 with his "Show Me Love vs. Be" bootleg of Steve Angello & Laidback Luke ft. Robin S. It became a huge hit and still plays in clubs everywhere.
Hardwell played a charity event for the Johan Cruyff foundation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York which was about how football promotes peace. The event also featured ex footballers like Frank Rijkaard, Aron Winter & Kanu.
He played his first set, at a friend's birthday party, when he was 12 years old in front of just 100 people.
He played his single “Young Again” with Chris Jones for the first time ever at his "IAmHardwell" show in Delhi back in September, 2014. During the event, Hasit Nanda, the pianist from Noida also did a cover of this track which was then reposted by Hardwell.
He presented his first and current studio on January 20, 2015, designed by studio designer Jan Morel, until which he produced from his parents’ house in Breda. Currently he works with a Roland A-49 MIDI Keyboard Controller White, Crane Song Avocet Remote II, and a Solid State Logic XLogic G Series Compressor, in his studio.