It is with both sadness and respect that we announce that Hardwell will take a break from his tour life and will stop doing live shows in the near future.
In fact, the 30 year old Dutch DJ and producer Robbert van de Corput aka Hardwell, has just announced that he will take a ‘’step back’’ – we actually see this as a step forward on his career and personal life – and will stay away from the decks for a while. He did not assure a come back, but he will still keep producing and bringing us the best he can do when he is in his spaceship studio with nothing but his genius mind.
This was probably one of the hardest decisions in Hardwell’s life and if he doesn’t actually come back to the big stages, he will always be remembered as one of the most important artists for the growth of electronic dance music all around the world. From sold out venues to charity events, Robbert is one of the DJs that has had a major impact in people’s hearts.
Hopefully he will take this time to be with his loved ones, to rest his mind and most importantly, to find the strength to come back stronger and better.
You can read all the reasons behind this retirement on his latest Instagram post:
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Hello world, Ever since I was a little kid I dreamed of the life I live this very moment. A life filled with music, real human interaction and the freedom to express myself in the purest form I know. I have grown from an ambitious kid with everything to gain into the 30-year old I am today whilst evolving as an artist with triple the speed of my aging process. Over the past few years I’ve come to know myself better and better and over time I realized that there’s still so much I want to share with my family and friends, so many roads I’d like to explore, but being Hardwell 24/7 leaves too little energy, love, creativity and attention for my life as a normal person to do so. This is why I have decided to clear my schedule indefinitely to be completely liberated from targets, interviews, deadlines, release dates, etc. I’ve always dealt with all the pressure that comes with the heavy touring schedule, but for now, it felt too much, like a never ending rollercoaster ride. I always try to give myself 200% and in order to keep doing that, and feeding my creativity, I need some time off to be me, the person behind the artist and reflect on everything that happened the last few years. That means my touring schedule has ended yesterday on Ibiza on September 6th, 2018 with a bang. However, I will still do my All Ages show in the Ziggo Dome during Amsterdam Dance Event on the 18th of October 2018. I’ll keep making music and I will never let go of it and will always aim to continue to connect with my fans through it. Last but not least I want to thank every single one of my fans for the support so far. It is your love and dedication for all I’ve put out there that helped me evolve in more ways than I ever could have imagined, and I realize that I do owe everything to you all. My sincerest hope is that we will be able to continue this journey together. I want to come back stronger than ever, but for now, I’m just going to be me for a while. Robbert
Hardwell will still play at ADE this year, so if you want to see him one last time, you must attend one of the biggest electronic dance music events on the planet.