Released 6 Years Ago: Afrojack & Hardwell – Hollywood

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Released 6 Years Ago: Afrojack & Hardwell – Hollywood

After offering up the massive ‘Blackout’ as a free download, Hardwell returned on the 25th of January, 2016, with fellow Dutch megastar Afrojack on ‘Hollywood’ their hotly anticipated collaboration. With both artists representing the current cream of the dance music crop, it is fitting that the ‘Hollywood’ was audibly a cut above most other releases, with their combined studio skills coming together to form the year’s first true banger.

Frantically alternating from bonafide dancefloor filler to exotic hip shaker, ‘Hollywood’ brings together an eastern music vibe with typically huge Hardwell beats, and the big room attitude Afrojack is synonymous with. ‘Hollywood’ represents these artists at the top of their respective games, their complementing attitudes towards dance music synergizing to form a track that encapsulates the best of both Hardwell’s euphoric big room sound and Afrojack’s energetic rhythms. Through the combined might of Hardwell and Afrojack, undoubtedly two of the biggest DJs in the world, ‘Hollywood’ had become the track to top in 2016, a highly charged and immaculately produced big room anthem that will be a staple of sets worldwide come summer.

Nick van de Wall, aka Afrojack, is one of the most internationally successful DJs and producers to emerge from the Dutch dance music scene. A constant fixture of EDM festivals as well as the Top Ten of DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 DJs poll, he has scored platinum-certified international hits such as ‘Take Over Control’ and ‘The Spark’. Originally producing more stripped-down electro-house instrumentals during the 2000s, his music became more ambitious and maximalist by the early 2010s, helping inspire the moombahton subgenre and gradually incorporating pop, hip-hop, and R&B influences.

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.

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