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My favourite things DJ Hard­well

Rob­bert van de Cor­put, bet­ter known as Hard­well, travels the world to play his mu­sic, but tells Saeed Saeed he is very close to his fam­ily and at­tached to the city he grew up in


My favourite city

is def­i­nitely Breda. It is where I was born and raised, and where all my friends and fam­ily live. It’s in the south of Holland and is com­pletely flat – it looks a lit­tle Scan­di­na­vian. It is not even a tenth of the size of Am­s­ter­dam. It’s very quiet, but it’s where I was born and raised, so I love it there.

If I had to choose a favourite meal,

I’d def­i­nitely go for steak. Lately I’ve been think­ing about be­com­ing vegan, but I love steak so much.

My favourite song

is the Franky Rizardo remix of Cola by Camel­phat and Elder­brook. I picked the Cola song up this sum­mer in Ibiza, and it’s def­i­nitely my favourite jam at the mo­ment.

My favourite item of cloth­ing

is a black T-shirt; I think I have about 50 of them.

The best piece of ad­vice I’ve ever re­ceived…

DJ Tiësto al­ways told me: Be­lieve in your­self and follow your heart. No mat­ter what peo­ple say, if you think this is the right de­ci­sion for you, go for it. Maybe in the end, you find out that it wasn’t the right de­ci­sion, but you can al­ways learn from your mis­takes.

I am so grate­ful

that I am still able to share all my crazy ex­pe­ri­ences with my mum and dad. That’s prob­a­bly the most valu­able thing I have in my life.

The best thing about my job

is that I get to meet up with so many peo­ple from all around the world.

I launched a fra­grance be­cause

it felt like a good next step. I al­ways like to think on the creative side. I was very in­volved in the process – in the de­sign of the bot­tle, the smell of it, ev­ery­thing. Nor­mally, when you have a spicy fra­grance, it’s too dark or too heavy, but Eclipse is fresh and spicy at the same time.

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