India is a country that continues to remain special for big room house and electro house DJ, record producer and remixer, Hardwell. Since playing a headline slot at Sunburn to bringing his famed I AM Hardwell world tour concept to Indian cities in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, the Dutch maestro’s affinity with India has only continued to grow.
The music artiste, whose real name is Robbert van de Corput is on his fifth trip to the country to regale EDM fans. The Dutch EDM sensation, who was ranked the world’s no 1 DJ between 2013 and 2015, is in India again as part of a three-city tour, performing for packed houses.
“Warmth, love and hospitability” are some of the traits he has observed among Indians. “India is such a great host to not just me, but so many other DJs. India teaches you how to treat their guests with such love and respect,” Hardwell told in an email interview.
In recent times, there has been a spurt in international artistes collaborating with Indian musicians. Hardwell, says he is open to such possibilities. “I feel Indian music is very layered and emotional. I haven’t heard too much of it but I’d love to inculcate (it) if an opportunity arises,” Hardwell said.
On the emergence of EDM in India, the DJ says “I think India is one of the emerging powerhouses of dance music right now. DJ Zaeden and DJ Sartek, who have a release on my label, have got a lot of potential and if they believe in themselves and work hard enough, then yes they can be the next big thing. Everyone has the chance to make it in the scene. You just need to find your path, stay on target and work your hardest to achieve your goals. India has a lot of young talent, so I expect we will see many more artists breaking through from your scene now, which will be great,” he added.”