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Hardstyle, sometimes referred to as hardbass, is a sub-genre of trance music that is closely related to nu style gabber and hard trance. Its sound is usually characterized by a four to the floor kick beat and an off-beat gabber style bass line, trance like synth stabs and sweeps and miscellaneous samples. Tracks often feature excessive reverb and/or other effects, breakdowns and occasionally small breakbeat sections. The average tempo is between 140 and 150 bpm, around 30 slower than nu style gabber. Many hardcore artists produce hardstyle songs, which sound very similar but are more accessible. Hardstyle is generally played along side Nu-NRG and gabber in the UK and aside hard trance or hardcore in the rest of Europe.


Current status

Hardstyle is mainly produced by artists from The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, yet other producers from around the world are starting to pick up the sound.

Currently, the scene is booming in various countries around the world besides these founding countries. Notable scenes worth mentioning include those in the United States, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Estonia, Denmark, Australia, South Africa and the UK.

Notable DJ's and artists

Blutonium Boy
DJ Caffeine
Dj Sexomatic
DJ Luna
DJ Zany
DJ Neo
Lady Dana
The Prophet
Dj N3ck
dj activator

Record labels

Future Sound Corporation
Freaky Records

See also

External links

Acid - Goa - Hard - Hardcore - Hardstyle - Minimalist - Progressive - Psychedelic - Uplifting - Vocal
Other electronic music genres
Ambient | Breakbeat | Drum and bass | Electronica | Electronic art music | Hard dance | Hardcore | House | Techno | Trance | Industrial | Synthpop
Hard dance
Freeform hardcore - Jumpstyle - Hard house - Hard trance - Hard-NRG - Hardstyle - Nu-NRG

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