Today, two time world number 1 DJ Hardwell has announced that he will no longer tour and perform live. In a posting on his social media accounts this morning Hardwell penned a personal note to the world. In the note he spoke of the toll that a heavy touring schedule has placed on him and the need for him now to focus on his personal life and other things.
“I realized that there’s still so much I want to share with my family and friends, so many roads I’d like to explore, but, being Hardwell 24/7 leaves too little energy, love, creativity and attention for my life as a normal person to do so”.
With success comes increased demand, high expectations and a vicious circle in some cases. In the early days it’s all an artist dreams of but the loneliness and pressure that a busy touring schedule brings can have a detrimental effect on an individual. The bigger you become the more people demand and expect of you.
Hardwell has dominated the dance music industry for many years. His breakthrough track and collaboration with Tiësto entitled ‘Zero 76’ brought Hardwell to the attention of the world. In the following years, the Dutch producers star shone brighter as he began his own label Revealed Recordings and created hit after hit. In addition, his popular radio show Hardwell On Air has had a large loyal following
His I AM HARDWELL World Tour that spanned a number of years was one of the most successful tours within the electronic music industry. This tour coincided with the creation of his I AM HARDWELL documentary directed by Robin Piree. Robin joined the Dutch producer on tour for two and a half years in order to create the film.
Some of his iconic productions from 2012/2013 include ‘Apollo’ and ‘Spaceman’ and are still much loved today.
Hardwell’s current track ‘This is Love’ sees him collaborate with established Revealed Recordings artist KAAZE. This track combines an emotive melody with a talented vocal performance from Loren Allred. Check it out below
Hardwell will continue to produce music and hopes to “continue to connect with my fans through it”. He has confirmed that he will perform at his All Ages show in the Ziggo Dome as part of Amsterdam Dance Event this year but that will be his last live performance. In his announcement, Hardwell also expressed his deep thanks to his fans for their support , love and dedication. “I realize that I do owe everything to you all”.
Read the full statement below.
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Hello world, Ever since I was a little kid I dreamed of the life I live this very moment. A life filled with music, real human interaction and the freedom to express myself in the purest form I know. I have grown from an ambitious kid with everything to gain into the 30-year old I am today whilst evolving as an artist with triple the speed of my aging process. Over the past few years I’ve come to know myself better and better and over time I realized that there’s still so much I want to share with my family and friends, so many roads I’d like to explore, but being Hardwell 24/7 leaves too little energy, love, creativity and attention for my life as a normal person to do so. This is why I have decided to clear my schedule indefinitely to be completely liberated from targets, interviews, deadlines, release dates, etc. I’ve always dealt with all the pressure that comes with the heavy touring schedule, but for now, it felt too much, like a never ending rollercoaster ride. I always try to give myself 200% and in order to keep doing that, and feeding my creativity, I need some time off to be me, the person behind the artist and reflect on everything that happened the last few years. That means my touring schedule has ended yesterday on Ibiza on September 6th, 2018 with a bang. However, I will still do my All Ages show in the Ziggo Dome during Amsterdam Dance Event on the 18th of October 2018. I’ll keep making music and I will never let go of it and will always aim to continue to connect with my fans through it. Last but not least I want to thank every single one of my fans for the support so far. It is your love and dedication for all I’ve put out there that helped me evolve in more ways than I ever could have imagined, and I realize that I do owe everything to you all. My sincerest hope is that we will be able to continue this journey together. I want to come back stronger than ever, but for now, I’m just going to be me for a while. Robbert
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