Dutch DJ Hardwell Announces Indefinite Retirement


With what will be a shock to every dance music fan, Hardwell has just announced he is quitting indefinitely. At just 30 years old, Hardwell will be handing up the headphones. Having announced on his Facebook that all shows and all “targets, interviews, deadlines, release dates” will be cleared.

After his last show in Ibiza yesterday, Hardwell has concluded his touring schedule, with one more show; his all ages performance at the Ziggo Dome during Amsterdam Dance Event on the 18th of October 2018.

This leave of absence is not the first time Hardwell had to step away from the music, in his 2014 Documentary, I AM HARDWELL, a bout of burnout was as a previous cause for Hardwell to cancel shows as he traveled the globe continuously and became violently ill.

After what occurred with Avicii, major DJ’s need to re-evaluate their touring and schedule so that they don’t burn out and lose their passion in the scene. Let’s hope for the sake of dance music, this isn’t the last we see of Hardwell. With music like ‘Spaceman’, ‘Apollo’ as well as some quality music coming out from the Dutch DJ this year, the dance music world needs more Hardwell. We can only hope as fans that he takes the time to recuperate and find what he is looking for, and to return once again to be the powerhouse that is Hardwell.

His Facebook post reads:

Hello world,

Ever since I was a little kid I dreamed of the life I live this very moment. A life filled with music, real human interaction and the freedom to express myself in the purest form I know.

I have grown from an ambitious kid with everything to gain into the 30-year old I am today whilst evolving as an artist with triple the speed of my aging process. Over the past few years I’ve come to know myself better and better and over time I realized that there’s still so much I want to share with my family and friends, so many roads I’d like to explore, but being Hardwell 24/7 leaves too little energy, love, creativity and attention for my life as a normal person to do so.

This is why I have decided to clear my schedule indefinitely to be completely liberated from targets, interviews, deadlines, release dates, etc. I’ve always dealt with all the pressure that comes with the heavy touring schedule, but for now, it felt too much, like a never ending rollercoaster ride. I always try to give myself 200% and in order to keep doing that, and feeding my creativity, I need some time off to be me, the person behind the artist and reflect on everything that happened the last few years. That means my touring schedule has ended yesterday on Ibiza on September 6th, 2018 with a bang. However, I will still do my All Ages show in the Ziggo Dome during Amsterdam Dance Event on the 18th of October 2018.

I’ll keep making music and I will never let go of it and will always aim to continue to connect with my fans through it.

Last but not least I want to thank every single one of my fans for the support so far. It is your love and dedication for all I’ve put out there that helped me evolve in more ways than I ever could have imagined, and I realize that I do owe everything to you all. My sincerest hope is that we will be able to continue this journey together. I want to come back stronger than ever, but for now, I’m just going to be me for a while.


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