True to form, hardstyle is finishing out 2013 with a bang. One of the genre’s brightest stars, Belgian artist Coone, releases “Global Dedication,” his full-length U.S. debut today (Dec. 10) on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records and his own Dirty Workz imprint. After nearly a decade of making music, the artist, born Koen Bauweraerts, is ready to launch an All-American aural assault. Listen to a stream of the album here:
“It's all about getting the sound and the feeling of hardstyle worldwide,” says Coone of the album. “I use the word ‘dedication’ a lot. I really think the hardstyle fans are one of the most dedicated and loyal people within the EDM scene.”
For those still uninitiated, the concept of hardstyle might seem intimidating. Several of Coone’s tracks, like the TomorrowWorld hardstyle stage theme “Our Fairytale,” soften the rough edges of a sound designed to jolt your system with anthemic vocals and melodic toplines. There are also tracks that simply hit hard. According to the artist, this is intentional.
“The album contains a wide range of hardstyle from euphoric to raw,” explains Coone. “It's also worth hearing for those who never heard of hardstyle. With ‘Global Dedication’ I'm taking you on a trip of huge, overwhelming melodies and raw, in-your-face beats.”
Already popular in Northern Europe (most of hardstyle’s star DJs seem to hail from Belgium and The Netherlands), the bass-heavy, community-oriented genre been gaining ground on this side of the Atlantic with artists like Headhunterz and through support at events promoted by SFX’s Belgium-based ID&T. For his part, Coone is not shy about his hardstyle ambitions for the States.
“A few months ago I was in L.A. for the Sound Of Q-dance. This was proof that hardstyle has infected a lot of Americans,” he says. “I'm ready to take hardstyle to the next level.”