Many boys dream of becoming astronauts, soccer stars or musicians – and then, long after having become men, end up in an office instead. Dreams change. Maybe parents steer them in a different direction, maybe the fear of failure kicks in, or love. Often, the talent simply isn’t there.
Robbert van de Corput has talent. And tenacity. He has remained loyal to his dream since childhood. He worked day and night to attain it, as if obsessed. He broke down in exhaustion only to stand up again and keep going. Ultimately, he met his goal, that of being the "best DJ in the world.” For the second straight year, van de Corput stands above all others, number one of DJ Mag's list of the best 100, voted to the top by fans. Robbert van de who? Around the world, people only know him by his other name: Hardwell.
Every few days, a new time zone
“Hello, I’m Robbert,” is how he introduces himself after all. Van de Corput steps into the small, red-lined studio in Ushuaïa, shakes hands and smiles. He has the pink face of a boy, even at 27 years of age. His outfit is simple: black shirt, black pants, black sneakers. He doesn’t have a big entourage with him either, with only his tour manager following him into the interview. He is not the kind to show off, that much is already clear. In two hours, he'll be deejaying his first of 12 appearances at Ushuaïa this summer. Nervous? No, not at all. "It will be great here, I'm extremely excited for it to start." He's only a bit tired, he says, because he just flew almost 10,000 kilometers from the Mega-Festival EDC in Las Vegas directly to Ibiza. Hardwell sits down on a slightly worn brown leather sofa, leans forward and types into his smartphone. He does look quite tired. But he's used to it. Every few days, a new time zone. Now, it’s Ibiza.