What started as a chance meeting at the 2007 Trance Energy has, in just under 4 years, solidified into one of the freshest, most exciting electronic dance acts on the scene. With it has come a new multifarious trance sound that, globally, has begun to shatter underground clubs, arenas and festivals. Banding together under the name W&W has seen the collective careers of Ward van der Harst & Willem van Hanegem go into overdrive... As spinners they’ve delivered due damage to clubs and festivals worldwide and their A-list-hammered track portfolio saw them conclusively tip the ‘next big thing’ scales. Now, in the new decade, W&W are ready to rule.
Ready for ‘Impact’
2011 saw the guys embark upon a new adventure. In September, the debut album was released on Armada Music. ‘Impact’ has all the essential W&W sounds to blow you away and take you in at the same time. Including some very exciting collabs, but never losing the essential W&W strength, ‘Impact’ is ruling speakers and headphones alike.
The serendipitous Trance Energy meet quickly bore their debut W&W production, which came in the form of the mighty ‘Mustang’. ‘Arena’ followed up its freshman success and fast found the CDJs of luminaries like Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Tiësto and Ferry Corsten. Tipped by Armin van Buuren as “the best up-and-coming production duo out there”, W&W have continued to rock federation trance to its core with ‘Mainstage’, ‘D.N.A’ each bringing floors to critical mass. Followed by singles ‘Impact’, ‘AK-47’, the eclectic vocal piece of ‘Nowhere To Go’ and the fierce ‘Twist’ to the masses. One of the absolute highlights in their career as producers, has been the fact that their track ‘Invasion’ was voted the official A State of Trance 550 world tour anthem. Their remix cv is impressive, re-tooling production works of Armin van Buuren, Aly & Fila, Delirium, Marcel Woods, amongst many others
Mainstage - The label
2012 brings us the very first sound waves of a brand new label. Mainstage Records is the young and fresh sound of a new generation of dance producers. Owned and handled by W&W under the Armada Music roof, they bring us high quality tracks within the trance, prog and house genre. The next step on the way up for W&W.
Almost a year to the day since Willem & Ward first shook hands they quickly took up the spinning mantle. That route has taken them to some of the most respected nights out there. Ones that have come to include Poland’s Sunrise Festival & Entrance, Trance Energy, Tomorrowland, A State Of Trance 450, 500 and 550, Global Gathering, Nature One and clubs like Ministry Of Sound London, The Guvernment Toronto & Amnesia Ibiza to name a few.
The Mainstage Radio Show:
Now a regular standing fixture in the trance enthusiasts listening schedule, W&W’s Mainstage radio show exports their diverse sound around the world every week. Mainstage is all about showcasing the freshest music and exposing new talent to the world. Broadcasting weekly on Sirius XM, Kiss FM (Ukraine), Dance Paradise Radio (Brazil) and bi-weekly on the renowned Afterhours FM. In and amongst the intriguing Mainstage ID feature, where every week they’ll be playing a track so hot-damn fresh-off-the-desk, it can’t even be named. Mainstage is also available as a podcast on iTunes and can be heard over here: