Hardwell complains about EDM
2014-02-20 by Will Robinson STAFF | 33 Comments

Dutch pop-house producer Hardwell, in a recent interview for the radio show of trance icon
Armin Van Buuren, has expressed his disdain for the current state of EDM. The producer (who,
incidentally, is not in the Sputnikmusic database as he has only released singles and his
Hardwell Presents: series of compilation albums at this point), when asked about his
upcoming album, said "I'm experimenting with a lot of new, different sounds. I'm a bit sick
of the same formula that's going on in EDM right now so I'm just trying to push boundaries
and look at what's going on in the rest of the world."


Hardwell's newfound scorn for the style which catapulted him to the top of last year's DJ
Mag Top 100 strikes a chord with producers like Avicii, who prior to the release of his
smash hit True (read our review of the album here:
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/58966/Avicii-True/) was quoted as saying much the
same thing. Time will tell if Hardwell follows through on his claim, and for now we must
hope for the best.


You can see the short interview (starting at 3:48:00, as linked in the video) here:



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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014

3333 Comments


um

Departures
February 19th 2014

872 Comments


News title should be re-written to reflect the fact that the article's author has beef with sputnik's band/artist profiles.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014

30865 Comments


Well this is relevant


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someguest
February 19th 2014

20234 Comments


Well, life is hard.

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TheMoreira
February 19th 2014

6730 Comments


"who,
incidentally, is not in the Sputnikmusic database as he has only released singles and his
Hardwell Presents: series of compilation albums at this point"

*high five*

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LordePots
February 19th 2014

6518 Comments


"Musician doesn't like genre"

News of the century

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Azn.
February 19th 2014

5557 Comments


not like avicii's "true" was any good at all

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014

3333 Comments


since I'm a view-whore obv

plus I was in the mood for a break from "X band streams album/is touring/new video"

think of this article as an Acad news article but without most of the humor

StallionMang
February 19th 2014

5205 Comments


He probably sucks anyway

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Mabbitt
February 19th 2014

1322 Comments


Hardwell is cool

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014

10246 Comments


puts on a good show but that's about it

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VermTheImpaler
February 19th 2014

1360 Comments


Lol current edm



Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014

30865 Comments


Current edm? There's another kind??

Green Baron
February 19th 2014

17748 Comments


I saw the title and I knew this was a Brostep article

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dcalderon
February 20th 2014

289 Comments


Dude's a terrible producer, not holding any expectations for this. He's got a song, "Countdown" I think, that made me laugh literally. And I don't mean it in a snobish "mainstream sucks" bullshit way, it DID made me chuckle...

dcalderon
February 20th 2014

289 Comments


Dude's a terrible producer, not holding any expectations for this. He's got a song, "Countdown" I think, that made me laugh literally. And I don't mean it in a snobish "mainstream sucks" bullshit way, it DID made chuckle...

Fieryfenderz
February 20th 2014

1422 Comments


"EDM is so stale. And I'm doing nothing to help it."

chug73
February 20th 2014

907 Comments


I'm sure his next release will reinvent edm as we know it.

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sniper
February 20th 2014

18932 Comments


"I'm experimenting with a lot of new, different sounds. I'm a bit sick of the same formula that's going on in EDM right now so I'm just trying to push boundaries and look at what's going on in the rest of the world."
how the fuck is that worth a news article

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2014

9973 Comments


Future news article: "Deviant. complains about Brostep"

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ResidentNihilist
February 20th 2014

957 Comments


deviant hates brostep, musician hates genre, someguest hates everyone


IT'S A CYCLE OF DEATH

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2014

30865 Comments


Well I mean, if we're making news articles every time an artist makes a passing remark about anything...

sniper
February 20th 2014

18932 Comments


"artist hopes work will bring something new to style"

ResidentNihilist
February 20th 2014

957 Comments


Well I mean, if we're making news articles every time an artist makes a passing remark about anything...


...humanity will fall within a week.


you've been warned.

sniper
February 20th 2014

18932 Comments


"artist makes general comment about other artists"

ResidentNihilist
February 20th 2014

957 Comments


sniper makes comment about artist makes general comment about other artists

sniper
February 20th 2014

18932 Comments


"metal band says new album will be 'darker and more mature' than previous output"

sniper
February 20th 2014

18932 Comments


"musician answers a question during interview"

ResidentNihilist
February 20th 2014

957 Comments


sniper says metal band says new album will be darker and more mature than previous output

tmagistrelli
February 20th 2014

714 Comments


edm is getting very formulaic, especially mainstream.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2014

30865 Comments


Well it's not like there's an underground edm circuit


tmagistrelli
February 21st 2014

714 Comments


There is different types though. But it's all verse, buildup, chorus is what I'm eluding to.

Phragmine
May 3rd 2014

36 Comments


Hardwell is a fucking joke. If you're looking for cookie-cutter EDM, look no further.



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