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“Why I do it? That is an easy question,” Hardwell told me with a wide grin. As I sat down with one of the world’s most recognizable DJs, it was clear to me that Hardwell was just a really nice guy on top of being one of the most insanely talented and driven people I have ever encountered. His smile was infectious and it only grew as the conversation went on.
“I have such a big heart for music. Music is my life,” Hardwell said with an incredible amount of passion. He continued, “I breathe music. If it’s a documentary or a radio show or running my label or working with new talents, which is so inspiring, or playing my DJ sets or producing music. I know I have like four or five full-time jobs but I love it so much. It comes really naturally. I never had the feeling in my life that I am working. The only work for me is traveling. It’s the hardest part of being a DJ. Dealing with the jet lag and different timezones. That’s the hardest part of my job but besides that I love what I’m doing so much.” Hardwell’s love for entertaining people was quite clear as he owned the Electric Zoo on September 4th at Randall’s Island. Despite being the final act to take the stage, he was very humble when talking about his massive amount of success he has achieved in recent years.