Hardwell Goes Big For 300th Podcast

Whether you’re a fan of electronic music or not, you probably have heard of Hardwell. If you are a fan of the genre, you probably already know that he is one of the most influential figures in the industry. From running his own label to headlining some of the biggest dance music events in the world to producing monster hits, Robbert van de Corput’s resume is stacked. Perhaps one of his biggest contributions to dance music is his weekly radio show, Hardwell On Air. Started in 2011, Hardwell on air has been a showcase of musical talent ranging from well known acts to bedroom producers, spanning from progressive to electro to hardstyle to deep house to whatever the hell Hardwell feels like playing.

In celebration of his 300th episode, Hardwell (in classic Hardwell fashion) pulled out all the stops and delivered a special live podcast straight from Amsterdam. The episode, an hour longer than usual, featured a string of live sets from different artists including his close friend and fellow Revealed Recordings artist Kill The Buzz and electro house heavyweights Blasterjaxx. The event also included special guests as well as live interviews from fellow big time producers who wanted to stop by and pay their respects. Lots of new and upcoming music too, definitely want to check this out if you enjoy electronic music. Here’s to Hardwell and all his contributions to dance music, with plenty more inevitably to come.

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Top 5 Tracks Of The Summer With Gratz And Akhil

I remember boarding a flight to Miami in March amped out of my mind to hear all the new music that would be the soundtrack to the ensuing summer. Well, summer came and went at a pace quicker than Martin Garrix’s rise to fame with a fuck ton of new tracks that we’ll still be listening to months from now. From pregames to nightclubs, car rides to just jamming out in the bedroom alone, Gratzfeed is counting down the best tracks of the summer. The best part, we’ve brought in Gratzfeed musical/ life companion, DJ Akhil in for a second opinion. It isn’t a weekend if Akhil isn’t hit up by somebody scrambling to find a new playlist or tune, so you know you’re in good hands. With so many tracks it was hard to pick just a handful of them, but after many discussions, re-listening and thought, here are the top tracks of Summer 2015.

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Martin Garrix vs. Matisse & Sadko- Dragon (Original Mix)
If you haven’t heard this track yet, then clearly you haven’t been productive at all this summer. Martin Garrix, the 19 year old sicko EDM prodigy, truly delivers on this one with fellow sickos Matisse & Sadko. Previously featured on Gratzfeed, Dragon is a bone-chilling, tear-jerking, Nana-hugging anthem. Every time I hear the breakdown I want to stop everything I’m doing and reflect on my life, as if everything is okay in this world. Garrix yet again masters an infectious melody with a hard-hitting drop that just makes you smile ear to ear. Definitely a top record in my book.
Ftampa & The Fish House- 031 (Original Mix)
Okay, full Gratzfeed disclosure: before listening to this, please wear any protective apparel you may have. This might be one of the most skull-smashing worthy tracks I have heard to date. A straight dance floor banger. With support from heavy hitters like Hardwell, Sander Van Doorn and the DJ from Headliner, this track seriously gets the crowd moving. It didn’t get much festival play, but it is no doubt one of my favorites of the summer and possibly this year. Good shit Ftampa.
DallasK- Retrograde (Original Mix)
For those who know our CEO, Brandon Gratz and myself, you know we are big fans of Revealed Recordings; pretty much everything and everyone under that label. To no surprise Revealed had a stellar summer, but the one record that stood out of the crowd, was this bad boy. I could only imagine what DallasK was drinking, smoking, and/or inhaling while making this but holy shit he knocked this one out of the park. Right off the bat, Retrograde provides a hook that you can’t help tap your foot or clap your hands too. With the signature DallasK sharpness and gritty build up, this track truly exemplifies an electro bomb. Definitely give this one a listen and don’t complain when there is a massive hole in the wall from your cranium.
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Zedd ft Jon Bellion- Beautiful now 
Say what you will, but Zedd is one of the best in the game. His ability to make records in his own style and still make them radio friendly (but not cheesy) is unmatched. Yes yes I know…every time I hear clarity I wanna ram a clenched fist through my car radio too, but his new album changed the game. Beautiful Now offers amazing vocals, along with a catchy break still incorporating the electro style of Zedd. He keeps the pace moving with a lyrical track and makes it perfect for festivals, clubs and 96.5. Out of every EDM track released in the Mainstream world, this one topped my list.
The Chainsmokers- Roses 
This was literally the epitome of a summer jam. The hilarious and indie style duo-The Chainsmokers seriously killed it with this one. Just listening to it, you can hear how distinct and different it is from a lot of progressive tracks being released. Not much to say for this, except just listen for yourself and I guarantee you’ll fall in love. What a jam.
Notable mentions:
Don Diablo- On My Mind (Original Mix)
Dannic vs Tom & Jame- Clap (Original Mix)
Calvin Harris ft Disciples- How Deep Is Your Love (Original Mix/ R3hab Remix)
Headhunterz ft. Crystal Lake- Live Your Life (Original Mix)
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DallasK- Retrograde (Original Mix)
This one really grew on me as Akhil played it more than a radio DJ played ‘Where Are U Now’. This track has it all, a really unique and catchy breakdown followed by an energetic, party starting drop that never fails to send whoever is in the building into a fucking frenzy. DallasK has had a meteoric rise in the industry recently working with both Hardwell and Tiesto but this solo production is probably the young producers best one to date.
Chocolate Puma- I Could Be Wrong (Original Mix)
Deep house has really gained popularity and exposure this summer and Chocolate Puma are two legends of the genre. With ‘I Could Be Wrong’ it was the groovy vocal sample that instantly had me hooked. Combine that with an infectious piano sample and a funky drop and you have the perfect recipe for a track with high replay value, insanely high replay value.
Twoloud Vs Mojjjo x Mind’CD-  Objectif (Original Mix)
Like I Could Be Wrong, ‘Objectif’ is another groovy track except with a much more progressive take. Nowadays, at least in my opinion, a lot of progressive tracks sound the same with many containing cheesy lyrics about bright lights and the sun and love and feelings and all that annoying shit. Objectif, while just an instrumental, was able to bring out more emotion than any of those radio sounding anthems. Each track is going to have a different impact on a listener but this one made me imagine dancing on a secluded tropical island as the sun went down (I know, I know) with a bunch of people just having a great time. Similar to DallasK, twoloud (composed of two sickos) were brought to the limelight by Tiesto and Hardwell, further evidencing their power as influencers in the industry.
Ftampa & The Fish House- 031 (Original Mix)
This was probably my favorite track overall this summer. Gratzfeed as you know is all about the bangers and that’s exactly what this one is, a fucking big room banger. I mean what do you expect from a track that made its debut on the mainstage of Tomorrowland? This one was released on Sander Van Doorn’s ‘Doorn Records’ which had one of the most impressive summers from any label this summer. Ftampa  (who was mainly discovered by Hardwell, are you starting to notice a theme here?) who has had many great tracks in the past, but this was definitely his best work to date and served as an indicator that the young Brazilian producer should be around for the long haul.
Qulinez- Hookah (Original Mix)
Another super banger, this track has done what is seemingly the trendy thing to do now, using that Egyptian-ish style sound except this track does it better than most who have taken a stab at it. The first drop is a fast paced crowd destroyer while the second part flips the script and slows it down with a filthy trap inspired drop. This is a catchy, aggressive track that I know I’ll continue to listen to for a while.
Notable mentions:
Firebeatz- Samir’s Theme 2015 (Original Mix)
Lucky Date ft. Sabrina Signs- I Like You (Original Mix)
Headhunterz ft. Crystal Lake- Live Your Life (Original Mix)
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New Releases: Three Tracks You Need To Have Now

With Ultra in the books and EDC and Summer on the way, we are in full swing when it comes to essential releases for the Summer. Today we have three legitimate monsters that are all pretty different from each other yet all have something in common: they’re fucking awesome tracks (they also all came out today). Lets begin shall we?

Jewelz and Sparks- Parade 98 (Original Mix)

I’ve been loving this one for a while, ever since I first heard Hardwell play it on ‘Hardwell On Air’ in late February. This track is just sexy. The vocal sample is catchy and just makes you want to groove, then the track takes a turn when the drop hits, with a dark, electro vibe to it. This track is awesome because it does a great job of capturing both a cool, clubby vibe as well as a hard hitting festival vibe with the drop.

Bassjackers & Afrojack- What We Live For (Original Mix)

This one’s fucking wild. When you combine Bassjackers and Afrojack, you’re just asking for trouble. This one has a classic Afrojack sound to it and is without a doubt his best collaboration since ‘Turn Up The Speakers’ with Martin Garrix.

Don Diablo featuring Maluca- My Window (Original Mix)

Haven’t stopped listening to this track for the past 24 hours. This one is groovy too, but in a more upbeat way. It honestly just makes me happy and unable to stop dancing. Really funky track, I was lucky enough to see Don Diablo at Spinnin Sessions Miami last month and he brings a lot of energy with his unique style of dance music. He’s been on a production tear recently, and he could definitely be poised for an Oliver Heldens type breakout very soon…