W&W is a Dutch DJ and record producer duo composed of Willem van Hanegem and Ward van der Harst. They began their careers by producing trance music, before venturing into big room house and other forms of EDM.
After producing trance for five years, W&W founded their own record label called Mainstage Music, and became active in the big room house scene. This was followed by the release of their commercial breakthrough “Bigfoot” in 2014. In 2017, they returned to their original trance style with the NWYR (pronounced “new year”) project. Their record label Mainstage changed its name to Rave Culture at the end of 2018, focusing on a wider variety of genres.
Willem van Hanegem and Ward van der Harst began to build an interest in trance music while in their youths. The duo first met through Windows Live Messenger, which they used to share their song productions with one another. After their first successes as solo producers, the two DJs began to build a friendship and met at the Trance Energy 2007 Festival in the Netherlands. The track “Mustang”, which appeared at the same year, became a success and was played by Armin van Buuren and Tiësto in their sets. On the basis of van der Harst’s recording contract, Armada Music released the song as a single on 7 July 2008. Within a short time, the track achieved popularity on several forums and music platforms. In 2011, they made their first appearance on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list when they reached the 36th place.
On 18 November 2016, they released their fifth official collaboration with Hardwell titled “Get Down”. It enjoyed popularity following its premiere at the Ultra Music Festival. Unlike its predecessors, the track was based on jungle terror elements together with their typical big room style. The track was released on Revealed Recordings and not on Mainstage Music, and reached #13 on the Beatport Top 100. In 2016 W&W reached their highest position in the DJ Mag Top 100, ranking 13th.
W&W has a residency at Marquee in Las Vegas.
See a full list of upcoming W&W shows here.
Without further ado, W&W’s top 5 tracks of all time:
5. W&W x Lucas & Steve – Do It For You
4. W&W x Timmy Trumpet x Will Sparks ft. Sequenza – Tricky Tricky
3. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Armin van Buuren and W&W – Repeat After Me
2. W&W vs. Nicky Romero – Ups & Downs (Extended Mix)
1. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs W&W & Moguai – Arcade Mammoth
BONUS: W&W – Bigfoot (Original Mix)