Listen: Hardwell delivers his first Essential Mix

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Dutch fast-riser Hardwell has wasted no time working through an impressive list of achievements: he’s won the support of Tiesto, collaborated with Showtek, Nicky Romero and Chuckie and taken the stage at mega-festivals like Electric Zoo, Creamfields UK and Tomorrowland. Now, the Future Music Festival-bound producer’s got another notch for his belt: his first ever Essential Mix.

Hardwell paid Pete Tong a visit over the weekend to deliver his first BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, a banging 120-minutes that spanned the likes of Example, Knife Party, Porter Robinson and Skrillex. “I started as a producer and DJ at the age of 12 and when I was 14 years old I signed my first record deal here in Holland,” Hardwell introduced himself. “My style is in between progressive and electro, but I love to think outside of the box so let’s just say I play Hardwell music. The next two hours will be a showcase of my favourite records, my original productions, a lot of new mashups and even a few special ones just for this Essential Mix and of course, a lot of unreleased stuff from my label Revealed Recordings.”

For the full tracklist, head to the BBC website and tune in to the mix below. If you’re after more 2012 Essential Mix listening, give Steve Aoki, Nicolas Jaar and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ respective mixes a listen too.