Headhunterz has won the highest hard award in DJ Mag Top 100 DJs 2017 poll, marking his return to the genre by landing 33rd overall in the rankings.
Walking a fine line between creative freedom and success, the Dutch DJ and producer (real name: Willem Rebergen) has struggled to find the right balance in recent years.
Spring Awakening Music Festival, held at Chicago’s Adams/Medill Park on Friday 9th June through Sunday 11th June, has announced its phase two line-up that includes Malaa, Headhunterz, What So Not, Mija and more.
Joining the previously mentioned names in the second wave of the roster are Borgeous, Robin Schulz, Keys N Krates, Ghastly, Vanic, TJR and Alan Walker.
Ghost Ship Festival, a pirate-themed electronic music cruise, will make its debut on the Mediterranean Sea for its first edition over three trips, running 18th-21st, 21st-24th and 24th-27th June 2017.
EDM DJ/producer Steve Aoki has dropped his latest video for new single 'The Power Of Now'.
Featuring Dutch DJ Headhunterz, who recently attracted some heat for his Top 100 DJs interview responses, the video features Aoki and pals negotiating the open ocean on jet skis, meditating serenely on a cliff top, and crafting EDM bangers in a luxe home studio.
Festival season is upon us, and we know how hard it can be deciding which events to spend your hard-earned cash on. So when opportunities come up to attend top-notch festivals for free, they are not to be ignored.
DJ Mag can today offer two lucky groups of mates the opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the WiSH Outdoor Festival in Holland from July 4th— 7th. It's a great event, taking place near Eindhoven, and features tons of big name DJs on the bill.
WiSH Outdoor festival in Holland has just released its full line-up — with Dutch electro-house don Chuckie topping the bill.
Other big EDM DJs on the line-up include Sander Van Doorn, Dyro, R3hab and Blasterjaxx, who all feature in DJ Mag's current Top 100 DJs poll — voted for by the international clubbing community.
Harder dance styles are represented by Headhunterz, Brennan Heart, D-Block & S-Te-Fan and B-Front, amongst others.
Willem Rebergen is breaking out of his shell. Not that the Harstyle linchpin, better known as Headhunterz, was ever a containable force.
DJ style: “Hardstyle.”
Best known for: “Representing the hardstyle genre and transforming it into something hard but melodic, energetic but touching.”
Fave tune of 2018: “KELTEK ‘Dark Sun’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2019: “Sound Rush and Sefa.”
Few artists would be able to completely change their production style and still retain the same level of popularity, but that’s exactly what Headhunterz (aka Dutch scene stalwart Willem Rebergen) did earlier in the decade. Having established himself as one of hardstyle’s biggest stars, he decided to mix things up in 2014, producing tracks that were closer to house and EDM than the blistering hard dance tracks he was known for.
At the back end of last year he decided to return to his hardstyle roots, heading back into the studio to make what became comeback album ‘The Return Of Headhunterz’. Released earlier in the year, it remains one of the most talked-about hard dance albums of 2018 and — along with his placing in the poll this year — confirmed his place as hardstyle’s leading DJ/producer.
Ever the workaholic, Rebergen has been touring relentlessly, barely returning to his home in the Netherlands for months on end. Somehow he’s also found time to work on a new Project One mini-album with fellow hardstyle star Wildstylez, and record regular episodes of his popular Hard With Style radio show.
Words: MATT ANNISS
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.