Headhunterz’ career is a performance. Rising at the vanguard of the rapidly expanding hard dance scene in his native Holland, Headhunterz has quickly claimed a position in the upper...Expand
Headhunterz’ career is a performance.
Rising at the vanguard of the rapidly expanding hard dance scene in his native Holland, Headhunterz has quickly claimed a position in the upper echelons of the dance music world internationally with a series of hit releases - including three albums and several chart topping anthems and remixes - and a slew of acclaimed shows and festival performances, not to mention his leading, genre-defining, hardstyle podcast named HARD with STYLE. On top of his musical career and extensive credentials comes a strong character, which is evidenced in a massive and completely engaged following worldwide and on the web.
As the first of a new generation of hard dance artists, Headhunterz has released a series of hit records since his debut in 2006. Among his greatest pieces of work are ‘Rock Civilization’, ‘Power Of The Mind (Qlimax 2007 Anthem)’, ‘The Sacrifice’, ‘Scrap Attack (Defqon.1 Festival 2009 Anthem)’, ‘From Within’, ‘Dragonborn’, his remix of Nicky Romero’s ‘Toulouse’ and his remix of Kaskade ft. Neon Trees’ ‘Lessons in Love’, which has seen substantial chart-success.
In 2008, together with fellow producer Wildstylez, he created quite a stir within the international dance community with the ‘Project One’ campaign. By producing a highly successful studio album in less than three months they set new standards and confirmed their abilities as musicians. The tour following the release had high international acclaim and by limiting it to just five performances it drove the demand to new heights. In 2010 the second album, ‘Studio Sessions’, created an equally massive impact and was followed by a new international tour, which included the United States, Australia, Russia, Canada and several big editions in Holland.
2011 was the year Headhunterz released his album ‘Sacrifice’, from which he donated all earnings to Dance 4 life, a charity organization raising awareness for HIV and AIDS. His track ‘Dragonborn’, which was given away for free, became a huge online hit and proved that Headhunterz has one of the most strong and dedicated online fan bases in the electronic dance community. 2012 then saw him release his chart-topping remix of Kaskade ft. Neon Trees’ ‘Lessons in Love’, and his successful remixes of Hardwell’s ‘Spaceman’, Zedd’s ‘Spectrum’ and Nicky Romero’s ‘Toulouse’. It was also in this year that he rose to an astonishing 11th place in the DJ Mag Top 100, celebrated by a sold out show in the brand-new state-of-the-art concert stadium Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.
Having signed a new recording deal with leading independent label Ultra Music at the beginning of 2013, Headhunterz has continued to push the envelope as his reputation has spread internationally. The first fruits of the partnership came to fruition with ‘Colors’ featuring Tatu, a quintessential Headhunterz track that combines a high-energy club backbone with beautiful melodies and infectious hooks. Breaking into Holland’s top 5 on iTunes as well as topping the Beatport Hard Dance chart and becoming Hardstyle.com No.1 in less than an hour, it signaled the start of a lot more to come from him and his new label partnership. Following the single with his largest string of North American dates yet on the ‘EXPLODE’ tour through September and October, his next move will be the release of the anthemic ‘United Kids Of The World’ featuring US trio Krewella as he continues his upward trajectory into 2014.
Amongst his greatest appearances are his sold-out Q-dance presents: Headhunterz – Hard With Style show, performances at various editions of Qlimax, Defqon.1 Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and Decibel Outdoor Festival, but also his Headhunterz branded X-Qlusive event in the Heineken Music Hall in 2010.
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