Top 10: Biggest Harder Styles DJs in the World

Top 10: Biggest Harder Styles DJs in the World

As Angerfist told us, hardcore is "a culture, a way of life". Consistently ranking at the top of most hardcore lists, the artist is the embodiment of the genre and how it continues to persist and maintain its influence today.

Having characterised the 90s European rave scene, artists such as Luna and The Prophet started experimenting during sets, turning down the BPM and also introducing something called a "reverse bass". This new direction became known as hardstyle.

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Both genres fall under the harder styles umbrella, and many DJs and festivals - Toxicator, Solution Germany, Imagination - flirt between the two due to their clear crossover. 

But who are the biggest harder style DJs? I crunched some numbers (mainly Google searches and social followers), ran them through my BPM machine, and churned out what I believe to be the ten biggest hardstyle and hardcore DJs in the world right now. If you don't agree, grievances on a postcard please.

#10 Frontliner

Real name: Barry Drooger

Age: 33

Nationality: Dutch

Might know him for: Being almost vegan and producing the 2010 In Qontrol anthem Save.Exit.Planet

#9 Wildstylez

Real name: Joram Metekohy

Age: 34

Nationality: Dutch

Might know him for: His longtime affiliation with Noisecontrollers under the Project One title

#8 Coone

Real name: Koen Bauweraerts

Age: 34

Nationality: Belgian

Might know him for: Starting out a producer at just 15 years old

#7 Da Tweekaz

Real name: Kenth Kvien & Marcus Nordli

Age: Unknown

Nationality: Norwegian

Might know them for: Releasing a track on the 1st of every month in 2014 and 2016

#6 Brennan Heart

Real name: Fabian Bohn

Age: 35

Nationality: Dutch

Might know him for: Hosting a monthly radio show – We R Hardstyle – on Dutch radio station SLAM!FM

#5 Miss K8

Real name: Kateryna Kremko

Age: Unknown

Nationality: Ukrainian

Might know her for: Being the first female hardcore artist to enter the DJ Mag Top 100 in 2015

#4 Radical Redemption

Real name: Joey van Ingen

Age: 27

Nationality: Dutch

Might know him for: His trademark live suit

#3 Zatox

Real name: Gerardo Roschini

Age: 41

Nationality: Italian

Might know him for: Challenging people to remix his 2010 track Creation, and releasing 173 of the entries for free

#2 Angerfist

Real name: Danny Masseling

Age: 36

Nationality: Dutch

Might know him for: His mask

#1 Headhunterz

Real name: Willem Rebergen

Age: 32

Nationality: Dutch

Might know him for: Being the highest ranked hardstyle DJ in DJ Mag's Top 100 list in 2017

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