The collaboration marks the first for both artists, but by the sound of it, not likely the last.
“I’ve been a huge fan of KSHMR since I first met him,” Hardwell says in an emailed statement. “He’s an incredible talent and has a really cool sound which I love. We talked pretty early on about doing a track together. We actually produced the track back and forth across the internet and Skype. It took us a few months to get the final track finished, because we both had so many ideas, but it was a fun process. He’s great guy with a lot of cool ideas.”
“Power” is punchy, stompy synths over a relentless beat. It’s driving and shiny, very in-tune with classic Hardwell vibes. It’s electrifying, to be sure, ready for festival grounds the world over. The lyric video features a bunch of gold, Roman-esque statues. In that way, it kind of relates to the Kanye West song by the same name.
“From the go, the theme was ‘Power,’ and that quickly evolved into the name of the record,” Hardwell continues. “We built the music around this idea of creating a powerful club track that had this really catchy and strong melody. I’m super happy with the final outcome. I love the whole vibe of the record and playing it during my sets over the summer, I’ve seen it grow into such a popular track with the fans, which is amazing.”
Hardwell has been on a collaborative binge lately. He just releases two collaborative EPs, Hardwell & Friends Vols. 1 and 2, in the span of a month.
“I love the process of collaborating on music, mostly for the creativity that comes out of it,” he says. “Each person brings something new to the mix. It’s an amazing way to keep the creative flow in the studio really fluid. For me, making music is a passion. I’m not doing it to score a hit record or sell ‘X’ amount of tracks. If the record is successful because people love it, then that’s amazing, but it’s also personal for me. I have to enjoy the music I’m making, so it’s also important for me that, if I’m working on a track with someone, I have a good connection with them – which is why I often stick to working with buddies of mine.”
Check out the lyric video for Hardwell and his buddy KSHMR’s first collaborative experiment below.