Following up on the impressive releases of‘Encoded’, ‘The World’, and ‘Beta’ together with fellow Dutchman Nicky Romero, Hardwell continued his meteoric rise to fame in late 2012 with the release of ‘Cobra’. ‘Cobra’ is a more than worthy successor to all previous chart-stormers, kicking in with a big chord theme and building an explosive amount of tension — till it all breaks and the climax unfolds an electro bassline monster, unexpected but fierce and powerful just like a Cobra. The track’s finale lets all elements come together, making ‘Cobra’ a sure-shot at dance floor damage.
A superstar Dutch DJ who helped shape the EDM explosion of 2012-2013, Robbert van de Corput became Hardwell when he began DJ’ing at the age of 13. Watching the massive dance parties broadcast on MTV encouraged the teen to learn how to mix, and he soon became interested in remixing and working on his own productions.