Willem Rebergen, aka Headhunterz, took a Coronavirus-imposed break from his usually hectic gig calendar through much of 2020, and focused on developing his musical abilities. The hardstyle DJ decided to dedicate his time “to becoming good at playing the piano”, in order to “broaden my horizons”.
In July, he released ‘The Hunter And The Prey’, featuring the vocals of Kosheen singer Sian Evans, via his co-run Art Of Creation label. More recently, Rebergen collaborated with Sound Rush and vocalist Eurielle for the self-released track ‘Rescue Me (Back To The Roots Edit)’, and just last month finally dropped the long-awaited third part of his fantasy-inspired ‘Dragonborn’ trilogy, ‘Oceans Apart’, again working with Sian Evans. All three tracks suggest that he’s fully dedicated to hardstyle again after a dalliance with more pop-leaning material a few years ago.
By the time this profile is published, and new restrictions permitting, Headhunterz will have played a huge sold-out Orange Heart show in Cologne’s Lanxess Arena alongside DJ Isaac and Wildstylez, as Germany has allowed some socially distanced gigs to start up again.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Learning to play the piano, making new music and spending time in the studio, and sports.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“That we should never ever take what we have for granted.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“I am 100 per cent against racism of course, but I choose to not get involved in political discussions as an artist. In my eyes everyone is equal, and I trust there are numerous people out there who have great ideas on this topic.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“I think right now, the goal is to get the music industry back on track in the first place, and get us through the crisis.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Builder ‘Her Voice (Super Bass Mix)’.”