Go hard, or go home.
It’s a motto that could be stamped across everything Belgium’s Coone brings to the party, with his hyperkinetic DJ sets and bombastic beats that have come to define hardstyle.
As evidenced by this incendiary new mix, Coone’s uncompromising barrage of sound is brutal and relentless. Overwhelming blasts of bass explode in 4×4 time, a nonstop onslaught of energy that rips the roof off and crushes dancefloors like the iron giant from the cover of Queen’s News of the World.
As the hardstyle sound sweeps across the US party scene, Coone says the state of the genre on this side of the world is the best it’s ever been.
“It seems more solid than ever before,” the DJ/producer tells Insomniac. “Thanks to Basscon—who organizes quality events on a frequent basis—the West Coast definitely has the biggest hardstyle community. I always love playing in the US, but the last shows I did in L.A. and San Diego were among my favorites, for sure. Such a dedicated crowd—it really went off.”
Coone himself has had a hand in helping hardstyle blow up in America, bringing his Dirty Workz label sound Stateside, and teaming up with Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label to release festival favorites like “Can’t Stop the Swag” and “Madness” with Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, and Lil Jon.
A Basscon resident, Coone has become a regular presence on the decks at EDC Las Vegas.
“Every year, I return to EDC, and every year, it’s different,” he says of the annual celebration. “I really love playing here, and it’s great to witness how the scene keeps evolving. It seems that more EDC visitors have started to show interest in hardstyle, which is good. I love pulling new listeners into the hardstyle family.”
Fans feeling Coone’s exclusive EDC mix—which throws G-Eazy, Post Malone, Showtek, and more into a hard dance whirlwind—can expect even more when he hits the stage in Vegas next month.
“2018 is a big year,” he promises. “I have a lot of new music ready for the summer, which I will definitely be playing at EDC. My schedule is slammed with some amazing festivals. I’m really excited about that.”
Coone says hardstyle is evolving at a rapid and consistent pace, keeping the sound in the vanguard of the panoramic EDM scene as it continues to grow.
“It’s been pretty steady in the past few years, actually. The biggest ‘change’ has been the influence of psytrance,” he explains. “Other than that, the quality of the sound and releases in the scene have gone up a lot. This has done a lot for hardstyle in general.”
As Coone and hardstyle stomp toward bigger stages and even more mainstream avenues, the DJ/producer is ready for the future of his beloved sound. With a slew of goals in his sights, he says there is one artist that he dreams of producing an official remix for: legendary rapper Eminem.
Is the real Slim Shady ready to go hardstyle? Coone is on the case.
- Coone’s EDC Las Vegas 2018 Mix Track List:
G-Eazy “But a Dream” (Coone Remix)
Coone ft. David Spekter “Faye”
Tiësto & KSHMR ft. Vassy “Secrets” (Sephyx Remix)
Coone & Wildstylez “Here I Come”
Tweekacore & Darren Styles “Party Starter” (Da Tweekaz Mix)
Reuzion “Bass Jam”
Coone ft. Ragga Twins “Jack Who?” (Straight Fire Remix)
Pherato “Get Rowdy”
D-Block & S-te-Fan “Twilight Zone”
Showtek “FTS” (Sound Rush Remix)
Coone & Hard Driver “Showtime 2.0”
Zatox “The Unstoppable”
Coone “Young, Gifted & Proud”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar” (Enemy Contact Bootleg)
Hard Driver “Dope”
Public Enemies ft. E-Life “The Incredible”