What started as a chance meeting at the 2007 Trance Energy has, in just under 3 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 Wardt van der Harst & Willem Van Hanegem go into overdrive… As spinners they’ve delivered due damage to club nights and festivals and in 2009 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.
W&W Productions: With tracks like ‘Ensure’, ‘Show my Shuffle’, ‘Origin’ & ‘Stab My Speaker’, Willem and Wardt initially started out producing their own respective floor-thrillers. The serendipitous Trance Energy meet quickly bore their debut W&W production though, which came in the form of the mighty ‘Mustang’. ‘Dome’ & ‘Arena’ (which featured on the Armin Only DVD) followed up its freshman success and fast found the CDJs of trance luminaries like Tiësto, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Sander Van Doorn & Judge Jules. 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’, the Sean Tyas-remixed ‘D.N.A’ and their Ummet Ozcan collaboration ‘Synergy’ each bringing floors to critical mass. Remix-side, their voracious rewires have proved equally as popular – most notably on Armin’s ‘Rain’, ‘Remedy’ (by UK pop starlet Little Boots) and those of Sander van Doorn, Leon Bolier, Sied van Riel, & others.
DJs: Almost a year to the day since Willem & Wardt first shook hands they were on hand to witness Sander van Doorn spinning the furiously phat beats and compressed melodies of ‘Mustang’ at Trance Energy. Galvanised by its floor-response (and defining their sounds as “big room trance with a techy edge”), they, themselves 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, the A State Of Trance 400 gigs and a spot playing alongside Tiësto at his massive stadium gig in Kiev. Just two years further down the road from their first gigs together, with Trance Energy 2010 fast approaching the pair are ready to play one of the biggest events in the dance music calendar.