Think “dubstep” is intense? Ever had an artist literally pound your head into the ground? Ever think you’d like it? While hardstyle is not prevalent here in the states, across the pond in places like the Netherlands it is wildly popular, and festivals such as Defqon.1 and Qlimax sell out their alloted 50K+ tickets in under an hour. I never really took the genre seriously until I saw Showtek play the closing set to the first ever EDC:LV. From 5am to 7am on that last day, I got a lesson in hardstyle. Boy did I ever learn, these guys rock. I insist that you have never truly been to a rave until you’ve been to a hardstyle event, they are out of this world crazy. It’s like what you thought techno raves were when you were young: A crazy carnival of lights and UBER INTENSE music. The music is played in 6/8 style compound time signature, in stark contrast to the 4/4 nature of most american EDM. It’s Pounding. It’s Loud. It’s Intense. It’s Hardstyle. This years EDC saw some traction with hardstyle as Q-Dance (biggest hard dance promoter in the world) brought an exclusive stage to the event. We saw Noisecontrollers, Headhunterz, and a few other acts but Showtek was sadly absent from this years event. Furthermore, as impressive as the stage was, it was nothing compared to the Q-Dance events in Europe. Check out the closing video from this years hard dance mecca: Defqon.1 I can assure you, there is NOTHING like this in the states…..not yet anyway.
But I digress, back to the dutch brothers Showtek. These guys are, in my mind, the true kings of hardstyle. From the first EVER hardstyle essential mix (get it here), to the first EVER hardstyle album, to the first EVER hardstyle act I heard. These guys have done it all, and been pioneers the whole way. I’ll leave some tracks here, feel free to rage to them. They need no description. Watching and hearing Showtek is a joy to behold, and hopefully we’ll all get to see more of these two given their recent relocation to the USA.
The World Is Mine!