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Entries in Hard Dance (27)


Q-Dance LA Lineup Revealed: Wildstylez & More Headed to Shrine

After getting my first dose of the Q-Dance experience this weekend at Tomorrowland, I can assure you that the brand's first push into the American touring circuit will be a huge night for the West Coast party scene. So far Noisecontrollers, Wildstylez, Coone, Gunz for Hire, Psyko Punkz, and Humanoise have been confirmed for the first ever Q-Dance onslaught on North America outside of a festival. As the cofounders of the highly popular Digital Age label, the first two names speak for themselves as some of the heaviest hitting hard dance DJs in Europe's raging scene, making this a show you will not want to miss.

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By Edward Fancher


16 Live Set Downloads from Q-Dance's Defqon 1 Festival

A quick look at photos and videos from June's Defqon.1 event in The Netherlands is enough to change anyone's opinion on the harder styles of dance music. Q-Dance's premiere event has captured the minds of thousands of festivalgoers worldwide with its attention to detail for everything from the stage designs to the lighting to its immense pyrotechnics displays. 

I'm extremely excited and anxious to report on how the Q-Dance brand lives up to its name next weekend with its dedicated stage at Tomorrowland. Check below to stream and download some of the powerhouse mixes from the BLUE stage at this year's Defqon.1, my personal favorite is Deepack's mix!





Prefix & Destiny


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Q-dance Qontest: DJ at TomorrowWorld & Host a Radio Session

As The Netherlands' premiere promoter, ID&T is determined to make 2013 the year the harder styles of dance enter the American forefront. The movement began two summers ago with their first outpost at the EDC Vegas Q-Dance stage, and it continues into this summer with the upcoming launch of "Q-Dance Presents" on the American airwaves. This Saturday, July 13, Hardstyle takes over the iHeartRadio Evolution station and Boston's 101.7 with Frontliner in the mix. Wildstylez and others will be mixing in the following weeks. To celebrate the kickoff of the station, the brand is on the search for new talent to rise to the top with them. This starts with a contest that is now live with the grand prize being an hour guestmix on the new radio show and a slot at Tomorrowworld. If you peeked the lineup, you'd know that a chance to spin at the virgin festival as an up-and-comer would be an invaluable addition to your resume. Now's your chance to shine. 

Contest Details

By Edward Fancher


"I Could Be The One" (JTS Hardcore Remix) - Avicii vs. Nicky Romero (Track of the Day)

As I bask in the overwhelming bass emanating from my subwoofers, I can't help but crack a smile. One of the year's best mashups has seen remixes from thousands of producers online, but few cracked open its harder style in their attempts. Tonight I present you with a truly uplifting production that pieces together the unbelievably happy vibe of Avicii and Nicky Romero's original with the Hard Dance spin it's been waiting for. Big ups to Australian Hardcore producer JTS for this craftily mastered free download - play this one loud!

By Edward Fancher

Photo Credit: David Rivera


Don't Miss This Weekend at EDC Vegas: Darren Styles

I first caught wave of Darren a few years back when I stumbled upon some of his work with Mark Brady under the name Styles & Breeze, and later had the experience of seeing him at some underground events in Arizona where he used to frequent. The name itself brings back nostalgia of the haydays of the American rave in the early 2000s as one of the finest examples of Hardcore with a Trance crossover. As Styles & Breeze the two churned out stacks of underground hits with two top twenty singles "You're Shining" and "Heartbeatz."

But Styles' roots go back much further as one of the UK rave movement's most prominent contenders. His first record releases trace back to the breakbeat hardcore trio DJ Force & The Evolution which arrived on the virgin scene in 1993. After garnering support from British megastars like Carl Cox, Darren formed a new alliance with one of The Evolutions' members Paul Hobbs to establish a record label that would support their efforts of dominating the sound of UK Hardcore. Fast forward to '97 and the two are in the sky 24/7 as they lead the revolution that echoed from Ibiza to Manchester and all the way to America as Force & Styles: Happy Hardcore. 

There's no doubt today this sounds retro, but it is also one of the most influential electronic tracks ever produced after Ultrabeat went in for the remix. But alas, after being gradually influenced more by video games and J-Pop than acoustic sound, Happy Hardcore faded into the shadows faster than Dance Dance Revolution, paving a road for the harder sound that Styles would create with Breeze and beyond on his solo career. 

Darren's sound will never lose its sleek production and unmistakable cheerfulness. Since the popularity of dance music sprung back here in America and the UK back in 2009, Styles has capitalized on the more aggressive sounds of dance drawing his new inspiration from evolving genres like Drumstep. One thing is for sure though, Hardcore will always be the game and Styles is going to bring that pure adrenaline-fueled hysteria straight to your ears at the Speedway this weekend - don't miss him!

By Edward Fancher