W&W @ Skyway Theatre 5/21/16
by Bradley Loiederman

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If you’re looking for an artist that blends big room bangers, softer progressive house, and uplifting trance all into one, look no further than W&W! Hailing from The Netherlands, W&W have been taking electronic music worldwide by storm since 2007, breaking limits by performing in places never performed before and releasing groundbreaking tracks and sets. After their wonderful show at Muse in 2014, W&W are bringing their talent back to the cities on May 21st at Skyway Theatre!

In 2007, Willem van Hanegem and Ward van der Harst brought their talents together to create W&W. They quickly started making a name for themselves in 2008, with their single, “Mustang”, making it to the top 100 in The Netherlands. Things started picking up for them in 2011 with the release of their first studio album, Impact. Their success continued into 2012, releasing some of their best known tracks such as “Shotgun” and “Moscow”, as well as remixes such as their remix of Cosmic Gate’s “Waiting”, bringing them into the international spotlight. After touring both in Europe and North America for the rest of 2012, they hit 2013 hard with their progressive trance track, “Lift Off!”, making charts in The Netherlands and their remix of Armin Van Buuren’s “This Is What It Feels Like” hitting over 11 million listens on soundcloud! As 2013 moved along, W&W’s fame continued to grow, dropping a track with Hardwell and having their track with Ummet Ozcan, “The Code”, being the most played track in Miami Music Week in 2013 and making it to #1 on Beatport. Since this rise to success, W&W have released tracks with Blasterjaxx, Fatboy Slim, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, 3LAU, and Armin Van Buuren! They’ve also had the opportunity to perform at large-scale festivals such as Ultra, Tomorrowland, EDC, and Amsterdam Music Festival! And their success bleeds into even 2016, with their recent releases, “How Many” and a remix of “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers, both receiving over 1.5 million plays on soundcloud. W&W have grown from small-time trance DJs to some of the biggest producers in the world, and their continuing rise to the top makes them an artist not to miss!

One of the reasons why W&W have grown so popular in such a short amount of time is their ability to blend melodic, uplifting trance with hard beats and scratchy synths. Just listening to the track above, you feel both entranced by the melodies and shaken by the hard beats and synth lines. They even often use the synth lines to create the melodies, shown in “Moscow”. This blend of upitty bangers and melodic smoothness continues into their new tracks, such as “How Many”. The track starts with a smooth piano background and high but calming female vocals. As the track progresses, it quickly turns from a calm track to loud, heavy drums and insane synths that continues through the drop. “How Many” is a perfect example of the crossover genre W&W have created for themselves, making them unique and a one-of-a-kind artist to see live!

Another cool thing about W&W is that they’re constantly striving to innovate electronic music and where EDM fits in with the rest of the world. They host a weekly radio show, Mainstage, constantly searching for the newest emerging talent to add to the show. Moreover, they were the first EDM act to perform at a major league baseball game, playing a two-hour set at a Philadelphia Phillies game in 2013. The Dutch duo are constantly trying to break out of the box with their artistry and live events, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats to see what they come up with next!

W&W, a progressive trance and dance duo hailing from The Netherlands, have been blending big-room bangers and transcendent melodies since 2007. Their unique sound and ability to create a crossover between completely distinct genres has landed them in the limelight, and their innovative nature keeps them moving straight to the top! So let’s get our minds and bodies ready for a night that will never be forgotten with W&W at Skyway Theatre on May 21st!

Tickets are available here.