Hardstyle is an electronic dance music (EDM) genre mixing influences from trance, hardcore and rave music. The average tempo is between 140 and 160 bpm (beats per minute), though this may vary considerably from one hardstyle DJ to another.
The hardstyle sound typically consists of various musical elements: a "heavy" sounding kick, intense reverse basslines, and "adrenaline-rushing" melodies which often take place at the middle of the song. It bears some similarities to hard trance, but still upholds a unique sound. Many hardcore artists produce hardstyle tracks as well.
Hardstyle is mainly produced in the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Malaysia and Australia.History
Hardstyle originated from hard trance, gabber
and rave music with influences from UK hard house
. The place of origin is believed to be the Netherlands
where the first hardstyle events started near the end of 1999 and the beginning of 2000.
In 2007 the style started becoming popular in several countries in the world, including: Belgium
, South Africa
and United Kingdom
. However, in the Netherlands, United States
trance was and is still more popular.
The English sound was very popular in the Netherlands for a short time,[when?]
but it soon appeared that the Dutch public preferred a harder bassline. Artists like Dana
, and Pavo & The Prophet
combined the English sound with new productions. This sound also gained some popularity in Germany
, where it was picked up by the German label Tracid Traxxx (who defined their own sound as a combination of trance
), and later also by Blutonium Records
and Resident E Recordings.
hardstyle productions briefly became popular in Italy
, and later in Germany
organised a monthly event in the (known today as the North Sea Venue)
under the name Qlubtempo, an event which could be called the melting
pot of the Hardstyle. Nowadays hardstyle events are very common in
Dutch clubs. Artists who had never performed in the Netherlands before
were flown over to bring there the new sound. Artists such as Akira Monthienvichienchai
, Super Marco May, and Gary D
acquired a large reputation in the Netherlands this way.
Examples of renowned hardstyle tracks include Builder's "Hardbeat Market" and The Prophet's "Hardstyle Baby".Nu-Style
Nu-style is very popular subgenre of hardstyle. Nu-Style kick is
usually separated to two parts, punch and bass. These are played at the
same time. Bass is pitched with the melody, but the punch part stays in
same frequency. There is a very destinct template that nu-style
follows, Intro-Verse-Breakdown-Melody-Verse-Outro, While not every
Nu-style song follows this template, it seems to shine through.
Nu-Style is usually criticized because many artists are using the same punch sample for kicks, which is called to hardkick 10.
Examples of Nu-style
Headhunterz - The Power Of The Mind Noisecontrollers - Crump