“Haven’t you ever wondered how far you could go? It’s time to go harder. After your dreams. After your goals. And see for yourself how far you can go.”
In 2023, I made the decision to stop performing. I wanted to leave quietly, but I’m happy Joram convinced me to do say goodbye after all. So on December 23rd, I did a final ‘Headhunterz Up Close & Personal’ show at 013 in Tilburg. I now realise how valuable it was to get closure for myself. For myself and others.
While this may or may not have been the last time I ever set foot on stage in my life, it is the closing of a 17 year long chapter in which touring the world as a performing DJ defined my lifestyle – with many ups and downs. The sweet memories are the ones that will last, though.
All the tears that were shed this night were tears of pure happiness. I can’t begin to explain how it feels to get this kind of appreciation. To witness complete and utter silence while people were listening to my last words that night, to thank them for the ride. To wake up in a hotel room the next morning and to have one last hotel breakfast. Only this time I wasn’t alone, but celebrated life, together with my family.
I am home.
Once again, thanks to everyone who was there at one of the most meaningful moments of my life, all the other amazing artists who performed, the team who made this night possible, and my dear friends and family who were there to support me from start to finish. This was a moment in time I will never ever forget.
Headhunterz’ many years of dedication has made a huge impact on the hardstyle scene. From the moment his first record came out, his unique melodic and energetic take on the genre stood out. Going strong for 17+ years, he kick-started a new movement within the international music scene, flying the flag of hardstyle music. Headhunterz’ rise is unparalleled, driven by a strong sense of belonging.
Having said goodbye to performing with a final Headhunterz Up Close & Personal show at Tilburg’s 013 in December ’23, Headhunterz continues to take hardstyle to new heights through music – by focussing on the production side of his beloved genre.
Headhunterz was the first international superstar hardstyle has known. He has produced iconic anthems for DEFQON.1, QLIMAX and HARD BASS, performed countless times on the most prestigious stages, and he is a part of hardstyle’s most exclusive live act — Project One. Without his drive, creativity and bravery, Hardstyle – as we know it today, would be a very different entity.
On the 17th of December 2019, a brand new show experience was premiered at Paradiso Amsterdam: Orange Heart. Those who enjoy hardstyle music on a regular basis don’t need any explanation: Orange Heart stands for the love for hardstyle. It’s the home for hardstyle fans around the world, who all carry the love for this music inside them.
Orange Heart at Paradiso was the kick-off for a new innovative show concept, bringing hardstyle to festivals and clubs worldwide in a new and engaging way, with a developed storyline that ties in deeply to the music.
Stay tuned for a new Orange Heart concept in 2023.
Art of Creation
After a decade of countless shared memories and magical collaborations, Headhunterz and Wildstylez align paths and seal their friendship to establish a visionary movement: Art of Creation. The blueprint of the label originates from their mutual artistic – often melodic – approach to Hardstyle that has inspired many of us throughout the years. Radiant and pure, crafted with passion and precision.
Art of Creation represents a scene that surpasses the ordinary – one of the few where unity and dedication are still key values. A community that is bound by a history, a path, a purpose. Art of Creation sets out to honor these values, revive the past and contribute to its future by introducing a new storyline where we will set forth on our journey and bring along new talent on the rise.
The future ahead lives in our imagination. Until it is shaped by the Art of Creation.
More than 10 years after their first appearance, Project One still manages to wow the international hardstyle crowds, shake the foundations with outstanding sets and inspire fans and colleagues with groundbreaking tracks and collabs.
Project One is the joint venture of legendary hardstyle DJ’s and producers Headhunterz and Wildstylez. Two kings in their own right, binding their strengths to create a brand new realm in a scene that’s dedicated, beloved and – above all – passionate. When the undisputed #1 in hardstyle – Headhunterz, and the creator of undeniably the greatest hits in hardstyle – Wildstylez, come together, Project One magic happens.