A genre of hard dance music. First created in the late 90s-early 00s when DJs such as The Prophet and Lady Dana started experimenting with their Nu Style Gabber records, slowing them down by 20-30 BPM to make them more danceable.
Hardstyle tracks can be separated into two categories:
Old School Hardstyle: Commonly known as Early Hardstyle. Usually 140 BPM, characterized by a compressed kick drum sound and a reversed bassline, which can be heard in the offbeat after each kick.
Nu Hardstyle: Also known as Nu Style. Usually 150-160 BPM, with distortion on the kick drum sound, which is often pitch shifted to create a bassline for the melodic part. Nu Style melodies are often written in tuplet, and entire tracks often have “swing” added to them.
DJs and DJ Teams who produce Hardstyle and play it live include Technoboy, DJ Zany, Blutonium Boy, The Prophet (Later work), Showtek, Headhunterz, D-Block & S-te-Fan and Noisecontrollers.
Rave events at which Hardstyle is played include Qlimax, Defqon 1 and Sensation Black.
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