Willem Rebergen, better known by his stage name Headhunterz, is a Dutch DJ and music producer. Beginning his career with duo partner Bobby van Putten under the alias, Nasty D-Tuners, Rebergen and van Putten renamed their act to Headhunterz when they signed for Dutch hardstyle label Scantraxx in 2005. Van Putten left shortly after their first release on Scantraxx and Willem Rebergen took over the Headhunterz alias as a solo act.
Rising from the rapidly expanding hard dance scene, Headhunterz had claimed a top position in the world by reaching an amazing 11th place in the DJ MAG Top 100. This remarkable feat comes after a series of acclaimed main stage performances, three albums, several chart topping anthems and remixes, and his leading, genre-defining, hardstyle podcast named HARD with STYLE. Headhunterz has also hosted the Amsterdam Dance Event’s biggest event by debuting the brand-new, state-of-the-art concert stadium Ziggo Dome.
In 2008, together with fellow producer Wildstylez, he created quite a stir within the international dance community with the ‘Project One’ campaign. By producing a highly successful studio album in less than three months, they set new standards and confirmed their abilities as musicians. The tour following the release had high international acclaim but by limiting it to just five performances, it drove the demand to new heights. In 2010, the second album ‘Studio Sessions’ created an equally massive impact and was followed by a new international tour, which included the United States, Australia, Russia, Canada and several big editions in Holland. 2011 was the year Headhunterz released his album ‘Sacrifice’, from which he donated all earnings to Dance 4 life, a charity organization raising awareness for HIV and AIDS. His track ‘Dragonborn’, which was given away for free, became a huge online hit and proved that Headhunterz has one of the most strong and dedicated online fan bases in the electronic dance community.
2012 saw Headhunterz release his chart-topping remix of Kaskade ft. Neon Trees’ ‘Lessons in Love’, and his successful remixes of Hardwell’s ‘Spaceman’, Zedd’s ‘Spectrum’ and Nicky Romero’s ‘Toulouse’. It was also the year where he rose to an astonishing 11th place in the DJ Mag Top 100, celebrated by a sold out show in the brand-new Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. Having signed a new recording deal with Ultra Music at the beginning of this year, 2013 will prove to be the most interesting year yet for Headhunterz.
Amongst his greatest appearances are his sold-out Q-dance presents: Headhunterz – Hard With Style show, performances at various editions of Qlimax, Defqon.1 Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and Decibel Outdoor Festival, but also his Headhunterz branded X-Qlusive event in the Heineken Music Hall in 2010
“I managed to release a record at last — after 533 days of radio silence,” says Willem Rebergen, referring to ‘Colors’, the recent single that marked his transition from the Scantraxx label to Ultra Records.But while 2013 has been relatively quiet on the production front for the Dutchman, he’s still been working with the frenetic intensity you’d expect of hardstyle’s finest.
“Making the video with Krewella for our ‘United Kids of the World’ track, was a truly inspiring experience,” he says when asked about this year’s highlights. “Going to places that have never experienced hardstyle has been special and doing Defqon and EDC in one weekend was a unique moment.”He’s keen to keep pushing things forward in 2014. “I see myself breaking free and exploring new territories, both musically and personally with my career.” So keep your ears peeled.