Crazy lasers. Attractive graphics. Countless outside. These are the words that describe the world famous artist Hardwell's performance on Sunday, May 14 at the Brooklyn Mirage.
Hardwell, known as Robbert van de Corput, said before his performance, "I've released a lot of new music over the last few months, basically a new single every two weeks." “Besides that, I still have a lot of new music and even songs that I have never played before. I want to play them today for the first time. They'll have exclusive songs and it's basically a combination of everything new. songs I've recorded and last year's REBELS NEVER album. D.I.E. [It will be] a solid team at Hardwell."
Brooklyn Mirage is arguably one of the most popular venues in New York and artists like van de Corput are honored to perform there. The master of pleasure went on stage and performed in different genres. Some of the songs featured his tougher, techno-leaning sound best seen on his latest album, as well as his old big room style. Although techno was spiced up with tracks like 'PACMAN' and 'ACID', the real stars of the show were the fireworks. Hits include "Everytime We Touch (Hardwell & Maurice West Remix)" by Cascada, "Where You Are" by John Summit and Hayla, "Hey Britney" by Deborah de Luca, Linkin Park's cover of "Numb", his "Never Say Goodbye". " " and "Clarity" by Zedd. Their performance at Brooklyn Mirage at Ultra in 2023 proved to be unforgettable, although it was different from the mostly techno-oriented performance. ' wowed the public in the early 2010s. They returned to good weather.
Van de Corput took a few years off the road to focus on his personal life, but the star is returning to Ultra in 2022. "I took a different approach with my REBELS NEVER DIE album and wanted to do something new," he says. . “I don’t have a specific name or genre. [I] basically wanted to hear as much music as possible at the festival I was performing at, and that's how songs like this came to me."
His philosophy in making music is to create a certain emotion in the chords and melody, adding that you have to "evoke something", say something sad or uplifting. The producer said that he should feel these emotions when he performs on stage, whether it be invincibility or vulnerability. One of the multifaceted artist's most memorable songs is "Spaceman," which helped skyrocket his career and break into the American market. Because of how busy Van de Corput's life can be when he plays in clubs around the world, he says he hardly listens to dance music when he's not working. Instead, he turns to 80s music, ambient and hip-hop.
The sound engineer, who started touring at the age of 14, fell in love with dance music through an MTV documentary on the Dutch dance scene featuring DJs such as Ferry Corsten, Marco V and Tiësto. Part of the scene is known for Tiësto, an influential figure and mentor to van de Corput. Tiësto contacted Van de Corput via Twitter in 2010 and they released the single "Zero 76" together the following year. The song is considered one of the most popular dance music anthems of the 2010s.
Although the Dutch artist claims to have always wanted to make music, his other career has been as a graphic designer. Van de Corput's love for design is reflected in his looks. Although he did not create them, he says he was involved in the process. Its visuals showcase variety, from introducing a horror theme to sci-fi movies when playing PACMAN.
Looking back on his famous career, the Dutch artist says he won't change anything, not even the mistakes he made along the way. Van de Corput is a mentor to future producers, whose advice is to develop their own sound.
In fact, van de Corput has an impressive resume and looks to the next generation of dance music performers. Her vocal abilities are highly respected and her performance in the Brooklyn Mirage showcased her best qualities.