From: The Netherlands
DJ style: “Hardstyle.”
Best known for: “Tracks with harmonious melodies and catchy vocal lines, like scene anthems ‘Lose My Mind’, ‘Imaginary’ and ‘Won’t Hold Me Down’. And my remixes lately with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, and Tiësto.”
Fave tune of 2018: “The I AM HARDSTYLE anthem I did with Toneshifterz, ‘Define Yourself’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Almklausi.”
Another face flying the Dutch flag in our Top 100 DJs poll for 2018, Brennan Heart, aka Fabian Bohn, has been amongst hardstyle’s most prolific producers and DJs since first emerging onto the scene as one half of Blademasterz in the early-noughties.
The years between then and now have seen him rise to the top of the scene’s pecking order, with his radio show, WE R HARDSTYLE, helping spread his sound to the territories his packed touring schedule doesn’t hit. Which is very few, considering bookings in October 2018 alone included China, France, the US and Canada.
Tour dates aside, the last 12 months have seen a slew of hugely successful releases from the man in question, including the official Decibel Outdoor anthem, ‘Fuelled By Fanatics’, that Rebourne collaboration, ‘Ravers Memory’, his remix of Armin van Buuren’s bomb, ‘Blah Blah Blah’, and reworking of Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Whiz Khalifa’s ‘When I Grow Up’. All of which explains his eighth consecutive entry in our hallowed hall of fame.
“My life is all about touring and making music,” he tells DJ Mag. “In between I was lucky to spend some time with the family, but mostly airplanes and music studios. Living the good life.”
Words: MARTIN GUTTRIDGE-HEWITT