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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- Angerfist: "Hardcore became a culture, a way of life"
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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.
Real name: Barry Drooger
Might know him for: Being almost vegan and producing the 2010 In Qontrol anthem Save.Exit.Planet
Real name: Joram Metekohy
Might know him for: His longtime affiliation with Noisecontrollers under the Project One title
Real name: Koen Bauweraerts
Might know him for: Starting out a producer at just 15 years old
#7 Da Tweekaz
Real name: Kenth Kvien & Marcus Nordli
Might know them for: Releasing a track on the 1st of every month in 2014 and 2016
#6 Brennan Heart
Real name: Fabian Bohn
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
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
Might know him for: His trademark live suit
Real name: Gerardo Roschini
Might know him for: Challenging people to remix his 2010 track Creation, and releasing 173 of the entries for free
Real name: Danny Masseling
Might know him for: His mask
Real name: Willem Rebergen
Might know him for: Being the highest ranked hardstyle DJ in DJ Mag's Top 100 list in 2017
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