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Poll 2017: Headhunterz

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Walking a fine line between creative freedom and success, Dutch DJ and producer Headhunterz, aka Willem Rebergen, in recent years has struggled to find the right balance. From 2014 to 2016, Rebergen — like many producers — jumped on the EDM bandwagon, seduced by the bright lights and new opportunities that EDM could bring.

This two-year period had a profound impact on Rebergen, who broke down during a performance at hardstyle mecca Defqon.1 and soon realised that EDM wasn't for him, something he's wrestled with articulately via his popular vlog series, Vlogs From Without. 

So the last 12 months has seen Rebergen trying to reconnect with the community he abandoned, and like any family, they've welcomed him back with open arms. The veteran Dutch producer is now back to his hardstyle best with his latest track 'Taking It Back’, a massive nod to his roots.

And his hardstyle homecoming was most evident when he and Wildstylez's Joram Metekohy brought their iconic Project One alias back for a special one-off performance in Amsterdam in late 2016. The duo has only ever released one album and played a handful of shows together, but their album is arguably the genre's most iconic and proved Rebergen's desire to be at the centre of the scene he had helped create once again.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 10:50

Poll 2015: Headhunterz

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Dutch DJ & producer Willem Rebergen, better known as Headhunterz, pulls off an admirable balancing act between his own creative freedom and the high expectations of success. He’s blazed his own trail, making music his very own, open-minded playground. In the past 15 years, Headhunterz has shown to be following his inner flow, with a unique sound that’s ever genre-bending, yet truly his. Outstanding performances at festivals like Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival, as well as more intimate venues like Ruby Skye, LA Exchange, ZOUK and Ushuaia, have wowed fans all across the globe. Following golden records, chart-topping remixes for Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell and Zedd, collabs with KSHMR, Hardwell, R3hab and Steve Aoki, and many, unforgettable moments on stage, Headhunterz is sure to continue wandering the infinite options of electronic dance music.    

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 10:48

Style: 
A combination of different sounds
Best known for: 
Bringing the music that comes from within
Tune of the year: 
Galantis - Runaway
From: 
Netherlands
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
Oliver Heldens
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
Stage presence.
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
Genres come and go but music stays and we should just accept the change and move with it.
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
It most certainly does, but I do what I can do to balance it out by doing sports and meditation and taking rest when I need to. There would be no point in doing all this if my mind was too stressed to enjoy it.
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
Forgotten clubs are not something I store in my long term memory.
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
The DJ mag Top 100 mostly consists of people who produce, and sitting behind a computer programming music is not something that generally appeals to women, I believe. With this in the back of people’s minds, they tend to be sceptical towards women who DJ, with a few exceptions of course. DJing nowadays is, in my opinion, more of a showcase for the producer, and isn’t very technically challenging. So when you take away ‘producer’ from the showcase, you’re left with something that practically anyone could pull off.
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
I don’t like to point fingers and rather focus on myself. For me personally there is no greater satisfaction than the satisfaction I get from producing music.