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Hardsoul - Biography

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We are Hardsoul


Hardsoul consists of DJ Roog (one of Holland’s premier house DJs) and brother Greg van Bueren. The pair have unquestionably carved out their own brand of true house music since the mid-90s. Serious and dedicated artists, the duo are revered in their native Holland and internationally thanks to high-quality studio productions, top selling CD compilations, their own record label and consistent DJ bookings globally.

Roog and Greg come from a musical family and both had classical piano training. They started making house music in the early 90s after clubbing in Amsterdam clubs such as the legendary Roxy and IT club. Their unique sound, laden with soul, funk and Latin influences, took time to make its mark but when it did it sky-rocketed this duo to the highest echelons of the international house music community. Their music has garnered support from top jocks like Roger Sanchez, Frankie Knuckles, Louie Vega and Joey Negro, and also featured on the some of the world's most prestigious compilations such as Defected In The House, Soul Heaven, Hed Kandi and multiple Ministry Of Sound series.

This dedicated duo have received a wealth of critical acclaim throughout their illustrious careers. Their smash hit 'Back Together' track was voted number 1 in the coveted Hype chart of 2003. They subsequently went on to scoop best vocal track during the 2005 House Music awards, were awarded compilation of the month in M8 magazine for their MN2S compilation entitled ’10 Years Of Our House’ in 2004, and also received a breakthrough DJ of the year nomination in the 2005 House Music awards.

The duo were one of the first Dutch artists to be signed to the world's most respected house label Defected. After the success of their first release ‘Back Together’ they went on to tour the world for the Defected In The House concept, bringing them to the best dancefloors  globally. In 2009 they were commissioned with the task of compiling a Defected In The House compilation, an honour which saw them join a very select group which includes Masters At Work, Martin Solveig, Dennis Ferrer and Bob Sinclar.

Hardsoul have a new album scheduled for 2013 which will feature collaborations with top artists such as Alain Clark, Ben Saunders, Berget Lewis, Candy Dulfer and disco legends Dtrain.

Hardsoul Live is Roog & Greg on the decks, complemented by the best percussion, vocalists and live instruments. Hardsoul Live has performed at Pacha Festival, Dance Valley, Rockit Festival with a slew of talented artists, including the aforementioned Alain Clark, Candy Dulfer, Ben Saunders and Berget Lewis. The Hardsoul Live experience is as unique as it is unforgettable.

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