It's not every day that you get a special invite to attend an exclusive and intimate press conference at MGM Grand's Hakkasan Restaurant & Nightclub in Las Vegas. While, the buzz and atmosphere surrounding EDMBiz and EDC Las Vegas was at a high, the subject and host of this intimate presser was none other than the DJ Mag #1 DJ in the world himself, Hardwell. This wasn't your standard press conference though, the point of this small meetup (there was no more than 30 people from maybe 6-8 different media outlets in attendance) was to have a more personal and intimate conversation with Robbert.
Although Hardwell arrived almost an hour late when there was only a 2 hour time slot available, the event was still a major success. All the outlets represented were active in asking questions, and truly had an open-ended, good taste to the conference. Prior to the event, we asked our followers on Twitter to Tweet their questions using the hashtag #AskHardwell, and the two questions myself and fellow Daily Beat correspondent, Chris Batchelder, were able to ask him both had very insightful answers.
DB: Our east coast team was lucky enough to team up with 7UP revolving around Tiësto's album release for "A Town Called Paradise." Luckily enough, we heard you made a special appearance at his party at Terminal 5. How was it making a special appearance, and what was the atmosphere like?
Hardwell: It was actually a spur of the moment thing, I had just got done with my big announcement in Times Square, and I had wanted to go hang out and party somewhere around NYC, and my manager told me that Tiesto was having an album release party, and as soon as I got there he asked if I wanted to jump on stage with him. It was awesome."
We followed up with the Dutch superstar, asking him about the differences in performing at venues such as intimate night clubs versus his own shows and festivals. To that, Hardwell responded by saying that performing at a nightclub is a much more interactive and intimate experience than at a show or festival. But, at a festival, the goal is to entertain a huge crowd, while at a club or sometimes a show, your goal is to agitate the crowd more. He then said that his favorite places to play are clubs by far, but he still enjoys shows and festivals very much.
One question that stuck out to us that was asked by one of the other attendees was what it's like for him to go back to his home town of Breda in The Netherlands. He said that even though he's been so successful in the world and is huge in the European dance music community, when he is home, he is off. Luckily, everybody there leaves him alone, even though they are well aware of who he is and the massive career accomplishments. They respect him enough to let him have quality time with his family and friends, as well as time at his studio. If that isn't respect, I don't know what is.
Overall, Chris and I had a great time at the press conference. After the official part, we stuck around for a bit to get some pictures with Hardwell and chat a bit. He said that he still remembers the Daily Beat name from when we interviewed him in London, and told me to say hi to everyone! It was great to meet such a humble and respectful man, who is passionate about music as well as the electronic music scene. We were honored to be a part of this press conference, and Daily Beat is excited for the future of this scene.
BONUS: Here are a couple of photos from Hardwell's performance at Hakkasan the night before the press conference. The main man himself, Tiesto even decided to show up!