DJcity Premiere: Chuckie and Hardwell’s ‘Move It 2 the Drum’ Remixed by Landis

Landis performs at EDC Las Vegas. (Facebook)
Chuckie and Hardwell‘s 2010 single “Move It 2 the Drum” has been remixed by rising DJ/producer Landis. The Miami native’s rework is a dark yet energetic update to the original progressive house song.
Chuckie wrote on his Facebook page: “Sometimes someone sends you a great remix of a classic track on your label and you want everyone to hear it.”
Stream the remix below and download it first on DJcity.
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Related: Watch Chuckie’s Set for Pioneer’s DJsounds Show

Hardwell Responds to Criticism in Billboard Interview

Hardwell performing at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2014. (Rukes)
Hardwell has given numerous of interviews over the last year, but Billboard’s recent conversation with the Dutch superstar stands out. Despite scoring plenty of hits and winning DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll in back-to-back years, Hardwell (along with some of his peers) has also faced criticism. We’re not sure if it was intentional, but he addressed some of the issues in his Billboard interview. Below are the responses that stood out to us the most.
1. His controversial single “Sally” isn’t about a person.

“Harrison came up with the lyric, and that’s the shocking part for most people. The thing is, he explains this to me: Sally is not a fictive person. Sally is a term in the rock industry that’s been used by the Beatles and Eric Clapton, and if he says ‘I’ve been f—ing Sally,’ he’s saying he doesn’t give a f— about what’s going on. That’s the definition of the song.”

2. He recorded his new album with festivals in mind — not the radio.

“A lot of big labels approached me to come to L.A. with a big studio and singer/songwriter list. Most of those dance acts are completely aiming for radio and want to make an album as commercial as possible and make a lot of money with that album. All of my album’s tracks are made for the dance floor and not for the radio. They still have that punchy kick drum and it still feels like a festival album.”

3. He feels like the “button pushing DJ” label is unfair.

“A lot of people always see the EDM DJs as button pushers, especially when deadmau5 came up with that term. Well actually I started out as a hip-hop DJ and I won several awards in Holland for my skills. You can ask ‘well why don’t you show your skills in your DJ sets?’ But it’s not common to scratch and use turntablism in progressive house music. It’s very disturbing. It interrupts the whole DJ set, because with this kind of music you need to tell a story to the people. That’s something I want people to know, that I am a real DJ. I started as a DJ before I was even a producer.”

4. He thinks a lot of dance music A&Rs are out of touch.

“You know what still bothers me? A lot of big labels have an A&R manager who’s over 40 years old, who hasn’t been to Ultra or any club in the last 20 years, and that guy is A&Ring a dance music album. I just don’t get it. If I doubt whether a track works, I’m just going to play the instrumental version in my set and judge where the crowd takes it.”

5. He believes dance music will become more diverse.

“With things getting more separated and big room house going down a bit, there is maybe room for more trancey and progressive sounds. I think we’re going back to the more melodic stuff and even more downtempo progressive stuff with guys like Kygo and Flume. I definitely think there will be more variety in the festival lineups within a year from now.”

Related: Hardwell: ‘Producing Is Way More Important than DJing’

Hardwell & W&W Release ‘Don’t Stop The Madness’ Feat. Fatman Scoop

Hardwell & W&W have released their anticipated single “Don’t Stop The Madness” featuring Fatman Scoop. The track was teased earlier this month in a video featuring the three performing live at ADE 2014. Shout out to Scoop for rocking a DJcity tee during the show!
Download: Hardwell & W&W – Don’t Stop The Madness

Hardwell: ‘Producing Is Way More Important than DJing’

The man who won this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 poll and holds ten Beatport number ones has some advice for up-and-comers. Speaking with Pioneer’s DJsounds in Ibiza, Dutch superstar DJ/producer Hardwell reflected on his residency at Ushuaia and stressed the importance of being a producer in today’s scene:

“[Producing is] way more important than DJing nowadays. People book me because they know my songs — DJs are becoming more like pop artists now … every DJ that’s getting famous right now is because they made one big hit record. And that’s because they’re producing the songs. I think being a producer nowadays is way more important than just playing somebody else’s records.”

While some will criticize Hardwell for these comments and label him a “button pusher,” his point about the importance of producing is true regardless of his DJ abilities. In a time when new DJs seem to be sprouting up every minute, setting oneself apart by producing originals, remixes or even edits is a valuable asset.
Interestingly, Hardwell’s comments come nearly a week after legendary turntablist Craze shook up the DJ and EDM communities with his provocative “New Slaves” routine video, which was intended to call out DJs who don’t “put in work.”
Related: MAKJ Urges DJs to Produce Their Own Music

DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs of 2014

It’s official…Dutch superstar Hardwell has won DJ Mag’s controversial Top 100 poll for the second year in a row. The 26-year-old beat out Martin Garrix who took fourth place and jumped an impressive 36 spots from last year. Trance legend Armin Van Buuren and power duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike came in at third and second place, respectively.
Notable new entries include The Chainsmokers (97), TJR (80), DJ Snake (65), Carnage (68), MAKJ (63), Oliver Heldens (34) and Deorro (19).
Top 100 of 2014:
100. Felguk (-22)
99. Arty (-42)
98. John O’Callaghan (-16)
97. The Chainsmokers (New Entry)
96. The Bingo Players (-44)
95. Wildstylez (-39)
94. Merk & Kremont (New Entry)
93. Heatbeat (-8)
92. Code Black (New Entry)
91. Ferry Corsten (-49)
90. Richie Hawtin (-14)
89. Boy George (Re-Entry)
88. Audien (New Entry)
87. Borgeous (New Entry)
86. Quintino (New Entry)
85. Mike Candys (-18)
84. Wolfpack (New Entry)
83. Madeon (-24)
82. Don Diablo (New Entry)
81. 3LAU (New Entry)
80. TJR (New Entry)
79. Orjan Nilsen (-30)
78. DJ Bl3nd (+13)
77. Zomboy (New Entry)
76. Tiddey (+8)
75. UMEK (+22)
74. Gareth Emery (-23)
73. Tenishia (-8)
72. Quentin Mosimann (-3)
71. Zatox (-21)
70. Diego Miranda (+24)
69. Cosmic Gate (+11)
68. Carnage (New Entry)
67. Noisecontrollers (-1)
66. Da Tweekaz (+20)
65. DJ Snake (New Entry)
64. Radical Redemption (New Entry)
63. MAKJ (New Entry)
62. VINAI (New Entry)
61. Gabry Ponte (New Entry)
60. Eric Prydz (-6)
59. Carl Cox (-13)
58. ATB (-25)
57. Porter Robinson (-16)
56. Firebeatz (New Entry)
55. Yves V (New Entry)
54. Dillon Francis (+19)
53. Knife Party (-28)
52. Dada Life (-17)
51. Sander Van Doorn (-12)
50. Laidback Luke (-19)
49. Infected Mushroom (+4)
48. DJ Coone (-3)
47. Brennan Heart (+14)
46. Kaskade (-10)
45. Frontliner (-8)
44. Markus Schulz (-23)
43. Daft Punk (-21)
42. DJ Kura (New Entry)
41. Borgore (New Entry)
40. Headhunterz (-17)
39. Sebastian Ingrosso (-21)
38. Paul Van Dyk (-6)
37. Angerfist (-3)
36. Vicetone (+24)
35. Fedde Le Grand (-6)
34. Oliver Heldens (New Entry)
33. Krewella (+11)
32. Diplo (+32)
31. Ummet Ozcan (+68)
30. Dannic (+44)
29. Axwell (-10)
28. Aly & Fila (-8)
27. Dyro (+3)
26. Steve Angello (+12)
25. Above & Beyond (-8)
24. Andrew Rayel (+4)
23. R3HAB (+35)
22. Zedd (+2)
21. Nervo (-5)
20. DVBBS (New Entry)
19. Deorro (New Entry)
18. W&W (-4)
17. Showtek (+10)
16. Deadmau5 (-4)
15. Alesso (-2)
14. Dash Berlin (-4)
13. Blasterjaxx (+58)
12. Afrojack (-3)
11. Calvin Harris (+4)
10. Steve Aoki (-2)
9. Skrillex (+2)
8. Nicky Romero (-1)
7. David Guetta (-2)
6. Avicii (-3)
5. Tiesto (-1)
4. Martin Garrix (+36)
3. Armin Van Buuren (-1)
2. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (+4)
1. Hardwell (-)
Here’s a recent interview of Hardwell discussing last year’s win and his plans for the future:

Related: Hardwell Wins DJ Mag’s 2013 Top 100 DJs