The Kings of Hardstyle: Showtek [Spring Awakening Music Festival Artist Spotlight]

Name: Showtek, Sjoerd and Wouter Janssenspring-awakening-festival-2013-full
Origin: The Netherlands
Genres: Hardstyle, Hard Dance, Electro House, Progressive House
Labels: Musical Freedom, Revealed Recordings, Dutch Master Works, Dim Mak Records, OWSLA Recordings
SAMF Time: Sunday, June 17 | 4:30 – 5:30 | Da Main Stage 1

There’s a new genre of music that’s sweeping dance floors across the US, and it’s known by the critics as Hardstyle (also Hard House, Hard Dance, Hard Trance or Hard Techno). A song categorized in this genre typically consists of a deep, hard-sounding kick drum, some type of faded bassline with an accompanying beat, a synth playing a specific melody, and some distorted and synthesized sound effects. One of the leading acts in this up and coming genre of EDM is the brothers from The Netherlands, Showtek.

Their influence in the world of hardstyle has resulted from years of blood, sweat, and tears behind the decks and in the studio. The energy felt at one of their shows is second to none, and the duo undoubtedly deserves to be playing on the main stage. Some say it’s the next ‘Bro-step’.

And if that’s the case, hand me a neon tank, some ray bans, and a natty light. Let’s make an evening of it.


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