DJ Hardwell Reveals What It Takes to Be Number One

SECOND TO NONE. DA MAN glimpses into the life of the unstoppable DJ Hardwell




The trailer to DJ Hardwell’s documentary “I AM Hardwell – Living the Dream,” which premiered last October, opened with a clip of an old interview. When asked about his dream, he said, “To become the number-one DJ.” It was as if he could see into the future. As if he knew that he would eventually earn the title, and not just once, mind you; but twice in 2013 and 2014. He did place second last year, but 2015 was hardly a bad year for the acclaimed DJ, as he started it by releasing his long-awaited debut album “United We Are” and closed it with a successful charity concert in India under
the banner of his very own humanitarian organization, United We Are Foundation.


DA MAN: Hello, Hardwell! So, what have you been up to these days?
DJ Hardwell:
I’m heavily focused on the foundation right now. I’ve also been touring a lot around the world with my own tour show: I Am Hardwell – United We Are, and over the summer I’ve also been touring my label, Revealed Recordings, hosting arena shows at festivals such as EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, TomorrowWorld, Tomorrowland and Tomorrowland Brazil. So, it [2015] was a really busy year with shows. I partnered with Miller Genuine Draft to do a series of exclusive videos and more to promote nightlife culture, and the buzz so far has been incredible. We released the 200th single from my label, which was a single by myself featuring Jake Reese called “Mad World.” I’m also about to release the remix version of my debut artist album “United We Are” and working on a lot of new music right now.


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