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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Headhunterz @ Defqon.1 2019

Defqon.1, the only event I've never been to, but I'm always talking about it. I've seen and heard so many livesets, it's beyond belief that I've not spend money on tickets. The thing is, that when I find out that the tickets are on sale, they are already sold out. I'm always late, the last to find out about tickets. Or I'd simply forget about the existance of the event until it takes place. Yes, I'm dumb as fuck. It's been on my list for over a decade, but it never happened. Ah well, maybe next year? (and I've been saying that for a while too, never succeed beyond this point).

Yesterday it was GPF's set I found online, and now I want you all to hear Headhunterz's set from this year's Defqon.1. I wasn't a fan of his EDM adventure, and when he announced his return, I was extremely happy. This lad knows exactly how to produce melodic and extremely catchy Hardstyle anthems, be it on his own or part of 'Project One'. Headhunterz is a legend, and he knows it.

When he started making music many moons ago, I started following his music. It touched me, and made me a happier person. But when it became more melodic, I became a bigger fan. Like everyone who witnessed his set at Defqon.1. You can hear and see thousands of fans singing out his songs out loud. Just listen to 'Destiny', and you will even hear one girl scream so loud, she should become a meme herself.

This mix contains the finest records, the best of the best, carefully selected by Heady himself. Sadly his set was only 45 minutes long, but within those 45 minutes he demolishes our brain cells, and leave us breathless at the end.

And I can say that he indeed got the finest records in there, including what is now my favourite Hardstyle anthem of all time. But more about that after the tracklist:

01. Headhunterz - ID

02. Project One - Love Is Not Enough

03. Headhunterz - Oxygen

04. Blutonium Boy - Make It Loud (Headhunterz Hard Bass 2019 Edit)

05. Proppy & Heady - Summer Of Hardstyle (Headhunterz Are Back Edit)

06. Headhunterz - Destiny (Headhunterz Psychedelic Edit)

07. Headhunterz - Leap Of Faith (Hard Bass 2019 Edit)

08. Headhunterz - Takin' It Back (Headhunterz Edit)

09. Vini Vici x R3HAB - I'm Alive (Wildstylez Remix)

10. Andre Hazes Jr. - Wij Zijn Oranje (Headhunterz Bootleg)

11. Headhunterz - Lessons In Scrap (Headhunterz Mashup)

12. Headhunterz - Dragonborn Part 2

13. Headhunterz & Sub Zero Project - Our Church

It's perfect, isn't it? Headhunterz always makes music that comes from within, and the crowd love them all. I don't know if he has even made a shite tune ever (well, besides his EDM period, but I'm talking about his Hardstyle quest). And the good thing is that during his Defqon.1 set he went back to his roots with a few classics.

The video is offline now (from Q-Dance's Youtube page), but someone captured the set (recorded at the same time), so I'll be sharing that one. Once Q-Dance re-uploads the original video, I will link this review to it. But I could not leave this set aside without reviewing it. Why? Because it's absolutely epic!

This set contains a few highlights, and those are probably the best Hardstyle anthems right now: 'I'm Alive', (which I'll use for my future tattoo: I want the lyrics 'I gotta live like I never gonna die' on my back), 'Our Church', 'Dragonborn Part 2', but the absolute best record is ' Oxygen'. In a weird way, due to my health, the lyrics suit me perfectly. I'm such a fan of these lyrics, I've printed themout at work, and put it underneath a picture of me and the missus. I cannot breathe without her being next to me, when the medics were helping me stay alive. That's why this record means so much to me.

A wonderful set, with only two minor things: the MC is talking when he should be quiet. And the Andre Hazes Jr record. I know the feeling behind it, and the reason (Dutch football), but I'm not a fan of Dutch lyrics/folklore music, nor a fan of football. It's a nice gesture, but not for me.

Another epic set by Heady. He should have never left. This scene is just his. He owns Hardstye. He is Hardstyle.

I must get to Defqon.1 soon. I need to experience it what all those thousands experience. And I need to hear a Headhunterz set being performed live, not via Soundcloud or Youtube. I am a raver, and being at an event is what I should do.

Funny side note: I think I've been thinking for about 5 years that Headhunterz was a duo. Due to the Z. Surely I'm not the only one who thought that?

DJ: Headhunterz

Genre/Style: Hardstyle, Euphoric Hardstyle

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Defqon.1 2019

Length Liveset: 00:45:50

Tracks: 13 (thirteen)

Download/Listen (via Youtube): VIEW HERE

File Size: unknown File Type: unknown Bitspeed: unknown More Information: Headhunterz - Official Website

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