This is a Dutch name; the family name is van de Corput, not Corput.

Hardwell with the Indian flag
Background information
Birth name Robbert van de Corput
Born (1988-01-07) 7 January 1988
Breda, Netherlands
Origin Netherlands
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • remixer
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts
Website djhardwell.com

Robbert van de Corput (born 7 January 1988),[1] who performs under the stage name Hardwell, is a Dutch big room house and electro house[2] DJ, record producer and remixer. He was voted the World's No. 1 DJ on DJ Mag in 2013,[3] and again in 2014. He is currently ranked at No. 3 on DJ Mag Top 100 DJs 2016 poll. Hardwell is best known for his sets at major music festivals such as Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland.

Hardwell first gained recognition in 2009 for his bootleg of "Show Me Love vs. Be". He founded the record label Revealed Recordings in 2010 and his own radio show and podcast Hardwell On Air in 2011. He has since released seven compilation albums through his label, as well as his own documentary film. His debut studio album, United We Are, was released on 23 January 2015.[4][5]

Early life

Robbert van de Corput was born on 7 January 1988 in Breda, Netherlands, where he grew up as well. He started learning classical piano and DJing. Van de Corput was first inspired to become a DJ after watching a documentary about DJs on the Dutch MTV. He was signed to his first record label and he began DJing at reputable clubs across the Netherlands.[6] He enrolled at a music-oriented school and the Rock Academy. Three months into the Rock Academy, he was advised to quit and to pursue a career in music immediately, changing his name to Hardwell. He often cited fellow Breda native, Tiesto, as his biggest inspiration and mentor.



Hardwell Logo

Hardwell gained recognition in 2009 for his bootleg of "Show Me Love vs. Be".[7] The song is a mashup of Robin S.'s "Show Me Love" and the instrumental track "Be" by Steve Angello and Laidback Luke.[8]

In 2010, Hardwell formed his own record label, Revealed Recordings. Soon after the launch, Hardwell started the release of Hardwell presents Revealed, a compilation album released annually which featured some of the label's biggest tracks of that year.

In March 2011, Hardwell launched his own radio show and podcast, Hardwell On Air.[9] His collaboration single with Tiësto, "Zero 76", was a club hit that year and charted on the American iTunes dance chart. He Hardwell entered the DJ Mag at number 24.[10]

In 2012, Hardwell's biggest track was the solo-original known as "Spaceman". In July he performed on the main stage at Tomorrowland.[11] Hardwell was named an EDM artist to watch in 2012 by MTV.[12] He then placed at number 6 on DJ Mag for 2012.


In March 2013, he performed for the second time on the mainstage at Ultra Music Festival. Hardwell’s set broke all records for the most watched Ultra Music Festival live broadcast with over 80,000 people watching his set online.[13]

In April 2013, Hardwell launched his I Am Hardwell world tour.[14] The first phase of the tour saw sold-out shows in Jakarta, Singapore, Bangalore, Mumbai, Lisbon, and London with further venues coming up. Following on from his 2012 Tomorrowland performance, he returned to the main stage of the music festival in 2013.

During Amsterdam dance event (ADE) in October 2013, Hardwell held the world premiere of his I Am Hardwell documentary at the Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam. The documentary, filmed by Robin Piree, provides an inside-look at Hardwell's rise and career over the past few years.[15] Shortly after, Hardwell ranked at number one on DJ Mag, making him the youngest DJ ever to top the list at 25 years of age[16]


In October 2014, he released the music video of the album's lead single "Young Again", which features vocals from Chris Jones, and released his debut studio album, United We Are. On 18 October, DJ Mag announced that Hardwell has remained at number one for the second year in a row.

On 12 October 2015, Hardwell released his single featuring Jake Reese "Mad World" as the track number 200 on his label Revealed Recordings. On 25 January 2016, Hardwell released his new single in a collaboration with Afrojack "Hollywood" under his label Revealed Recordings.

On 29 February 2016, Hardwell launches new song with Jake Reese called "Run Wild".

On 28 March 2016, Hardwell released a new track with KURA entitled "Calavera" under Revealed Recordings.


Main article: Hardwell discography

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref
2016 NRJ Music Awards Best International DJ Hardwell Nominated [17]


  1. "Hardwell Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  2. "Biography - Hardwell". Djhardwell.com. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  3. "HARDWELL WINS 2013 TOP 100 DJS POLL". Djmag.com. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  4. "Hardwell on "Titan" d album release date". 10 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  5. "Hardwell - Top 100 Djs Interview". 18 October 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  6. "Biography". Archived from the original on 16 December 2013.
  7. "Hardwell Bio | Hardwell Career". MTV. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  8. "Steve Angello and Laidback Luke Ft. Robin S* - Show Me Love (CDr) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  9. Singhal, Sarthak (2012-10-27). "Hardwell On Air 087". Bangin Beats. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  10. "Top 100 DJs 2016 | DJMag.com". djmag.com. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  11. Hardwell (2012-08-01), Hardwell Live @ Tomorrowland 2012, retrieved 2016-10-31
  12. Stewart, Adam (11 January 2012). "EDM Great To Watch In 2012 - Music, Celebrity, Artist News.". MTV.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  13. "Hardwell Is The World's #1 DJ". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  14. "Don't Tell Mum: Hardwell Set To Rock Singapore This May". Popspoken. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  15. "Robin Piree, maker documentaire Hardwell: 'Iedereen loopt aan Robbert te trekken'". BN DeStem (web). 2015-10-09. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  16. "Hardwell WINS TOP 100 DJS 2013". DJ Magazine. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  17. "Palmares NRJ DJ AWARDS 2016 - Meilleurs DJs". NRJ.fr (in French). Retrieved 2016-11-14.

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