Mother Nature and traffic congestion resulted in Electric Daisy Carnival not pulling off a complete win this past weekend in Las Vegas. Friday, traffic kept many fans and artists from making it to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on time.
On Saturday, Steve Aoki, Avicii and Tiësto’s official sets, among others, were canceled — a precaution against moderate winds blowing EDC’s massive lighting and stage structures — and fans were asked to head home. (Avicii later turned in a small main stage performance, and Aoki squeezed in an impromptu set.)
Despite those hiccups, Dutch house-music star Hardwell was still beaming from the EDC rush when he visited MTV News on Monday.
“It was my second time at EDC, but my first time I played on the main stage. It was crazy!” Hardwell gushed. “I think it’s probably one of the biggest shows I’ve ever done. It was more people than Ultra [Music Festival].”
Friday night, Hardwell (real name: Robbert van de Corput) — one of MTV’s EDM Rookies to Watch in 2012 — performed a sensational, almost completely improvised set for a large portion of the day’s 115,000 attendees.
He admitted Monday that he had almost nothing planned for his 90-minute set: “I had actually a folder with five tracks I definitely wanted to play, and the rest I just did on the spot.”
A high point of the night was his impromptu wedging of his hit collaboration with Holland’s other hometown star. “I mixed ‘Zero 76,’ a track I did with Tiësto, out of nowhere,” Hardwell remembered. “So no intro beats, just dropped [it], and the reaction from the crowd was exactly the feeling I had. Just on-the-spot transition. Kind of risky, but it definitely paid off.”
When he wasn’t catching up with Alesso and Sebastian Ingrosso or eyeing talent at EDC’s Discovery Stage — he was impressed by up-and-comers Paris & Simo — Hardwell revealed he was busy shooting a music video.
“I finished my new single, the follow-up to ‘Spaceman,’ ” Hardwell said. “It’s called ‘How We Do,’ and the whole video and the teaser is based on EDC. That’s really cool, and [the single] is going to be released end of August.
“The vocal in the track says, ‘Yeah! That’s how we do!’ ” he continued. “So, it’s like, ‘This is how we get down!’ It’s a pretty crazy track. It’s not radio-friendly stuff. It’s real hard.”
And, guess what, Hardwell fans? MTV Clubland will be premiering the video for “How We Do” in the coming weeks. Follow @MTVClubland for updates on the video’s premiere.