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Only few artists are recognizable from afar and Wildstylez is one of them. He is a musician that has created a unique style of his own, breaking free from the current trends to follow a path he paved solely on his own. With no fear of the unknown, Wildstylez has always done what he’s wanted and because of this he’s taken Hardstyle to another level as a DJ and producer.
Born in 1983 as Joram Metekohy in the small Dutch village of Veenendaal, the artist known as Wildstylez knows what hardstyle can do. During the Noughties, Hardstyle was an energetic, fraternizing genre that brought in many different guises. Maybe it was the different bands he performed in or just his preference for songs with vocals, but soon Joram created Wildstylez - to display his own unique tastes in music.
Take a listen to Keep Your Head Up, one of his first releases. Seemingly just an ordinary Hardstyle-track suddenly interrupted by a Hawaiian flavoured steeldrum break, instantly became a classic Wildstylez approach. From his early days as producer, he has been known for twisting familiar sounds into something extraordinary and from this keen characteristic; he is able to continuously cross musical borders.
Wildstylez is not only as a solo artist. He is also collaborating with some of Hardstyle’s biggest names. There’s ‘Project One’, a legendary collaboration with Headhunterz in 2008, followed by the production of the dance music floor banger, ‘Lose My Mind’, where Wildstylez joined forces with Brennan Heart in 2012. This track leans on strong vocals, which still today stands as a timeless anthem of this Hardstyle generation.
Year Of Summer
What follows surpasses everything. Metekohy, fascinated by the use of vocals and gripping melodies in his music, seeks the help of Dutch singer songwriter Niels Geusebroek. Former Silkstone band member and Voice of Holland TV star, didn’t know much about Hardstyle, nevertheless he delivered a stunning vocal for the track ‘Year of Summer’
Wildstylez has managed to bridge the gap from dance floor to radio, a first for a Hardstyle track. ‘Year of Summer’ achieved Platinum status elevating Wildstylez from a leading artist in the Hardstyle scene to a leading artist in the dance music scene.
With his success heightening in the dance music scene, Wildstylez is able to create new relationships for collaborations and remixes. He is able to create a fresh new sound within the Hardstyle scene, including slight flirtations with an EDM sound/vocals remixed with that ever so high BPM count and heavy bass.
In 2013, he remixed Nicky Romero and Krewella’s collaboration of ‘Legacy’. Within his remix, he was able to bring the melodic vocals from an EDM track incorporated with the powerful beats from the Hardstyle sound. He struck again with that same approach for ‘Never Say Goodbye’ by Hardwell and Dyro featuring Bright Lights.
Then in 2014 there was Rigby’s ‘Earth Meets Water’ where Wildstylez truly showed his craftsmanship by incorporating tranquil vocals and piano notes into a feel good song – where Earth meets Hardstyle! His most recent remix ‘Unstoppable’ by R3hab featuring Eva Simons proves to his fans that once again he can’t be stopped!
Conquer the world
With ‘Year of Summer’ taking off, Wildstylez career gathers pace quickly. He completely sold out the massive Amsterdam venue, Heineken Music Hall, with his solo-show X-Qlusive Wildstylez. He scored another incredible hit with Timeless and toured several continents like Australia, Asia, America, and South America.
But the pace doesn’t stop there… his latest release ‘Unleash the Beast’ became the official Defqon.1. anthem in Chile last December. Where he was also able to perform with Villain and together they did another X-Qlusive show this April 2016 in Santiago.
Amidst all the touring and career opportunities, Wildstylez released his first solo album called ‘Lose Control’ last June. It was an album he didn’t plan to make, but after noticing that Hardstyle was and still is changing, it lead him to a point where he wanted to reinvent himself. After realizing he wasn’t releasing music like he used too, he started to peek into some of his older work that he never got around to finishing and that was how he started working on his album. The album and label, both named Lose Control, made its break through in 2013.
Since the label has been founded alongside Be Yourself Music, there have been numerous releases from an array of new talents. But for Wildstylez, the most important aspect of beginning the label was the ability to create a platform for upcoming artists to share their music with the fans.
So what now? Where will the path Wildstylez is creating for himself lead? With the harder styles becoming more and more influential worldwide, including the burgeoning EDM scene in the U.S, Wildstylez seems like the designated artist to keep building new bridges between the hard dance and other genre’s of music. Nevertheless, Wildstylez is an artist with both feet firmly on the ground. Remaining loyal to Hardstyle itself whilst working with an open mind, conquering the world in his own special unique way.