Hardstyle fans melt down as Showtek collabs with Chris Brown

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Over the weekend, dubious pop star Chris Brown debuted a new song, Nobody’s Perfect, on L.A. radio station Power 106 – an event that wouldn’t usually raise a blip on our radar. After the airing, though, Dutch duo Showtek took to its Facebook page to announce the “proud” part they played in writing and producing Nobody’s Perfect alongside German pop songwriter Lukas Hilbert.

The reaction from hardstyle fans has been, to put it mildly, divisive. Having made a concerted pitch to the booming U.S. market in 2012, the Chris Brown collab sees Showtek ratcheting back the BPMs for a standard-issue pop-dance blockbuster. As the producers’ website puts it: “The song, which showcases a different side to Showtek’s production skills, is no doubt 2012’s biggest track.” You can hear the radio rip of the single below, but prepare to endure non-stop voiceovers.

Showtek has spoken often about evolving beyond its original scene, and inthemix asked them about it earlier this year. “We worked hard to take that next step, and that’s to be bigger than your own scene,” one half of the duo Sjoerd Janssen told us. “With DJs like Tiesto or Afrojack, you don’t talk about genres anymore: they’re a brand.”

“Of course there are always the die-hards,” he went on. “But we are people as well, we’re not robots. As a human being, you evolve. When you are 20, you go to bars and chase girls who are five years too young. When you are 28, you go to a quieter bar with your friends. You’re not going to wear the same jeans for 10 years. That’s what has happened to Showtek, but in a good way.”

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Nathan Explosion

Nathan Explosion said on the 11th Nov, 2012

I actually didnt mind it. #justsayin #inb4haters

Nathan Explosion

Nathan Explosion said on the 12th Nov, 2012

shiit @katiecunningham beat me :P

lawlietskyy

lawlietskyy said on the 12th Nov, 2012

These guys sold out a long time ago - fkn joke.

Matthew de Groot

Matthew de Groot said on the 12th Nov, 2012

I want to baptise everybody, with fire.

Wowk

Wowk said on the 12th Nov, 2012

"When you're 20 you chase girls who are five years too young [i.e., 15]"...wait...what?

james223

james223 said on the 12th Nov, 2012

Showtek has been shit for yrs.....

scottyk82

scottyk82 said on the 12th Nov, 2012

Dutch assholes are everywhere

Morecowbell

Morecowbell said on the 12th Nov, 2012

Yeah...totally did not spend my 12 months as a 20yr old chasing 15yr old girls.
Dude...the fuck?

daverh

daverh said on the 12th Nov, 2012

It's hardly terrible.

B_e_de

B_e_de said on the 12th Nov, 2012

Oh my god the credibility of hardstyle has been ruined forever!!!!!!!!!!!!

khaiyin

khaiyin said on the 12th Nov, 2012

take out the vocals and it sounds like most mainroom house these days.
[insert more 'selling out' posts here]
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khas

khas said on the 15th Nov, 2012

Relax with the butthurt. It's not like they'll drop this in any of their sets. They're just like everybody else trying to make a fuckin $ on the retard population that eat this shit up without question. Any smart businessman would be following suit, maybe don't talk about it though. It is, after all, the height of embarrassment...