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Nothing works without your own sound, says Hardwell


I think it’s important to keep evolving as an artist, says Hardwell.

Why did you become a DJ?

When I was 12, I watched a documentary called The DJs on Dutch MTV featuring Armin van Buuren, Tisto, Ferry Corsten. That's when I knew I wanted to be a DJ/Producer.

What's the best and worst thing about being one?

Truthfully, I don't hate any part of this life. The travelling can get quite lonesome at times but I'm very privileged to travel around the world playing my music.

You are the world's No. 6 DJ. Do DJ rankings really count?

Well, they do, but I think it's important to keep evolving as an artist. Also, I've been doing this for 10 years now, so it hasn't happened overnight.

Your music has that unique Hardwell sound.

Absolutely! I think you have to work hard and keep your music original. Without your own sound you have nothing.

One song you wish you'd made?

Tiesto - Maximal Crazy. It works everywhere and anytime!

Playing music at a club versus playing at a festival.

Festivals are a different kind of challenge because you have to keep both the girl at the front of the stage and guys right at the back of the arena happy! Club sets, like at Kitty Su last night, are often much more intimate. I like both!

Hardwell plays in Mumbai at The Hangar, Juhu on Dec 9

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