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Released 12 Years Ago: Hardwell & Dannic – Kontiki

Twelve years ago, the electronic dance music scene was set ablaze with the release of ‘Kontiki’, a collaboration between Hardwell and the then-rising star Dannic. Released in early 2012, ‘Kontiki’ quickly made waves, landing high on the Miami Buzz Chart and garnering significant attention with a teaser that amassed over 2 million views.

‘Kontiki’ is the epitome of a big room anthem, characterized by its energetic stabs, commanding lead theme, and robust basslines. The track is further elevated by the signature touches of Hardwell and Dannic, including heavy snare drums and dynamic climaxes, making it a formidable banger in the EDM landscape.

Hardwell, whose real name is Robbert van de Corput, had already established himself as a superstar DJ who was instrumental in shaping the EDM explosion of 2012-2013. Starting his DJ career at the tender age of 13, inspired by the dance parties he saw on MTV, Hardwell‘s passion for music quickly led him to experiment with mixing and producing his own tracks.

Dannic, on the other hand, was known for his versatility and had already made a name for himself in the industry with releases on major labels and collaborations that included hits like ‘Chase The Sun’ with Hardwell and ‘Coco’s Miracle’ with Fedde Le Grand. His track record included numerous Beatport Top 10 hits and a strong presence in the electronic music scene.

‘Kontiki’ remains a significant release for both Hardwell and Dannic, highlighting a moment in time when both were at the creative peaks of their careers. The track not only showcases their individual talents but also their ability to collaborate seamlessly, producing a piece of music that has endured as a favorite among fans and continues to energize dance floors around the world.

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