After a chance meeting at Trance Energy, Ward van der Harst and Willem van Hanegem came together in 2007 to form W&W and haven’t looked back since. The past six years have seen this production and DJ super-duo transcend the boundaries of genre and traverse the globe with their music and performances.
Fusing styles and mixing influences W&W combine the uplifting and melodic elements of trance with the raw intensity of electro and progressiveness of house to create a sound uniquely their own. Infectious, rebellious and highly energetic, their list of productions is championed by the likes of Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Hardwell, Ferry Corsten and more for its breadth, diversity and massive appeal to multiple audiences.
From their earlier works like the the deep ‘Arena’, to the acid-rubbed ‘AK-47’, synth-driven ‘Alpha’ and floor pounding ‘Shotgun’; to more recent projects like ‘Invasion’, voted as the official anthem to the “A State of Trance 550” world tour, ‘Lift Off’, the embodiment of their multidimensional sound, ‘D# Fat’, their highly acclaimed collaboration with Armin van Buuren, ‘The Code’ with Ummet Ozcan, which became one of the most played tracks of Miami Music Week 2013, and their most recent remix of Armin van Buuren’s ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ feat. Trevor Guthrie, it’s clear each of the tunes leaving the W&W studios is a sure-shot of dance floor thrill.
But the biggest track of W&W so far was yet to come. The massive hit ‘Bigfoot’ came out in February
2014, became #1 at Beatport, generated many plays at European radio stations and festivals all over the world and for a long time it was the favorite record of Hardwell and Armin van Buuren. And that was only the start of 2014; after ‘Bigfoot’ W&W continued to release hit after hit after hit. ‘Rocket’ with Blasterjaxx, ‘We Control The Sound’ and ‘Shocker’ with Headhunterz, and ‘Waves’ with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike which became the anthem of Tomorrowland 2014.
As DJs, currently #18 in the DJ Mag Top 100, they are also dominating dance floors and festivals
around the world. 2014 featured a hugely successful Miami Music Week/Winter Music Conference/Ultra weekend with the performance at the main stage at Ultra Miami as a highlight, Ultra worldwide, Tomorrowland, Tomorrowworld, EDC Las Vegas, Amsterdam Music Festival during Amsterdam Dance Event and Stereosonic in Australia, to name a few. The Dutch super stars announced also two massive residencies in EDM mecca Las Vegas: Hakkasan and Wet Republic. Their headlining status at the world's most leading festival and clubs is about to get even bigger.
W&W were the first ever dance music act to perform at a Major League Baseball stadium when they took over Philadelphia Phillies Citizen’s Bank Ball Park for a two-‐hour set. If that wasn't enough, W&W continues to prove their status as innovators and tastemakers in the scene by also curating music for their Mainstage Music label, which released tracks from Armin van Buuren & Andrew Rayel, Dash Berlin & 3LAU, Markus Schulz and many more!
Since last October, W&W have their own radio show on SLAM!FM. Every Friday night, from 23:00 until 00:00, Willem and Ward will rock Dutch airwaves with their show ‘Mainstage’. In this program, the two will demonstrate their versatility and play only the best new music. The show has more than 100, 000 listeners per week and gets uploaded to SoundCloud and is available as a Podcast. North American fans can enjoy the show at the biggest radio station in the USA: SiriusXM.
Watch out for W&W in 2015 as they have a lot of new music coming up!