Netherlands - Hardstyle
When it comes to Hardstyle, it’s impossible to argue the fact that not any artist has had a bigger impact on the genre than Headhunterz. From the moment his first records were released, his unique melodic and energetic take on the genre sparked a new movement within the international music scene. A rise unparalleled, Headhunterz continues to take Hardstyle to new heights.
Willem Rebergen, better known as Headhunterz, kicked off his DJ career over a decade ago. It took him but a few years to perfect his sound, sign his first record deal and become a crowd favorite at various Hardstyle parties. In 2008, Headhunterz joined forces with friend & colleague WILDSTYLEZ, to create Hardstyle supergroup PROJECT ONE. Their album redefined the Hardstyle sound of the late 2000’s, standing out from anything the scene had heard before.
Headhunterz’ new take on Hardstyle music made the genre grow into an international phenomenon. It was no longer just the sound of European raves, but became something worldly. Headhunterz made new audiences discover it and infected them with the unstoppable energy of Hardstyle music. By 2010, Headhunterz was the uncrowned king of the scene, with each new track captivating both his fanbase and artists outside the scene. Major EDM names like Hardwell and Kaskade requested his remix skills, and his collaboration with Krewella became the first Hardstyle track ever released on Ultra Records.
After many years of being on top his game within Hardstyle, Headhunterz took on a new challenge. In 2014, he made a drastic change to branch away from his beloved genre and have a go at something new. In a flash, he was performing on main stages at EDM festivals, collaborating with artists such as W&W, Steve Aoki and R3hab, thinking outside the box. This adventure made him explore the boundaries of his own, musical imagination and discover new parts of the world as well as different territories within the electronic dance scene.
Right when the Hardstyle community thought they’d lost their hero, things began to shift. After being away from the scene for 2 years, this shocked the Hardstyle community and rumors began to spread about a possible return. Anticipation grew, as Headhunterz did a special Project One performance with Wildstylez the same year. A few months of radio silence followed, as the Hardstyle nation eagerly anticipated what came next. Everyone knew Headhunterz was busy preparing something special, but no one knew exactly what. One thing was clear – it had to do with Hardstyle.
In the summer of 2017, everything was revealed. That year, Headhunterz made his grand return to the genre. Upon his return, the newly announced comeback party at the Ziggo Dome sold out within 30 minutes. It was the moment the Hardstyle scene had been waiting for – Headhunterz is back, performing and creating Hardstyle music once again.