Some artists you recognize from afar. Musicians that have created a unique style of their own, breaking free from current trends to follow a path they paved solely on their own. Wildstylez is one of them. A DJ/producer who has always done what he wants and because of this, with no fear of the unknown, has taken Hardstyle to another level.
A simple matter of daring to be different. Born in 1983 as Joram Metekohy in the small Dutch village of Veenendaal the artist known as Wildstylez knows what hardstyle can do. When he discovered Hardstyle in the early Noughties, an energetic, fraternizing genre that can be brought in different guises. And maybe it’s the different bands he performed in, or just his preference for songs with vocals –but soon Wildstylez is there to present his own brand of Hardstyle.
With Hardstyle becoming more and more influential everywhere, including the burgeoning EDM scene in the US, Wildstylez seems like the designated artist to keep building new bridges between Hardstyle and the 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.
2009 saw the release of one of the most popular hardstyle songs to date, Headhunterz & Wildstylez vs. Noisecontrollers – ‘Tonight’. In 2013, Tonight was voted 2nd in the Q-dance Harder Styles top 1000.
2012 saw the release of the popular dance floor number ‘Lose My Mind’ a collaboration with Brennan Heart, the video clip being the most viewed on Wildstylez YouTube channel with over 9 million views.
2013 saw release of “Lights Go Out” (featuring Cimo Fränkel) and “Back To History” (featuring Cimo Fränkel) in single top #100 chart positions.
Joram Metekohy first started producing Hardstyle with Ruben Hooyer in 2004 under the alias ‘Seizure’. Together they had multiple releases on label’s such as Sys-X Records, Blutonium Records, Straighton Recordings and Scantraxx. In 2006 he was introduced to Scantraxx and began working on material with Alpha² that would eventually get a release on the Scantraxx sub label ‘Paint it Black’ under the name ‘Outsiders’. In late 2007, having previously released on Scantraxx as ‘Seizure’, Joram Metekohy had his first solo release as Wildstylez, ‘Life’z A Bitch / Missin’, on the Scantraxx sub-label run by Headhunterz, Scantraxx Reloaded.
2008 would prove to be the breakout year for Wildstylez. He had numerous releases on various Scantraxx sub-labels including Silver, Special and Reloaded and also featured on the main label. It also saw his first collaboration with one of the most popular up and coming Hardstyle artists, Scantraxx Reloaded founder Headhunterz. Their First release ‘Blame It On the Music / Project 1′ in early 2008 proved a success and provided the impetus for the launch of a new project and debut album for the pair, Project One. Finishing in under three months producing an average of one track a week, Headhunterz and Wildstylez completed their 13 track debut album, ‘Headhunterz & Wildstylez Present: Project One’. The Album was debuted in early 2008 at the Q-Dance events inQontrol and Defqon.1, and was released shortly after in both CD and Digital formats on July 25, 2008. Project One was extremely well received in the Hardstyle community with tracks such as ‘Life Beyond Earth’, ‘The Art of Creation’, ‘The Story Unfolds’, ‘Best of Both Worlds’ and ‘Fantasy or Reality’ all proving to be successes on the dance floor. The Album was a defining influence on the direction Hardstyle would take in the years to come with its emphasis on synth based melodies and heavy use of pitched kicks. A Project One Tour followed along with 6 full length album samplers and 1 remix sampler, all released on Scantraxx Reloaded.
2009 saw Wildstylez move away from Project One and further enhance and refine the Wildstylez sound with many well received solo releases such as ‘Muzic or Noize’, ‘Phantom Beat’ and ‘Single Sound’. 2009 also saw the release of one of the most popular hardstyle songs to date, Headhunterz & Wildstylez vs. Noisecontrollers – ‘Tonight’. In 2013, Tonight was voted 2nd in the Q-dance Harder Styles top 1000.2010 saw further strong solo releases on a variety of Scantraxx sub labels, including ‘A Complex Sitatuation’ on Scantraxx Reloaded, the experimental ‘Feedback’ on Scantraxx Silver, a collaboration with DJ Isaac called ‘Lost in Music’ released on Scantraxx Special and his first appearance on the newly formed A² records with old collaborators the Alpha² for their track ‘Atrocious’. Wildstylez also produced his first Anthem, ‘No Time to Waste’ for the Q-Dance, Hardstyle Festival Defqon.1. ‘No Time to Waste’ was accompanied by a Hardcore and Dubstyle Remix on release.
In 2010, Wildstylez left the Scantraxx main label and, together with Noisecontrollers, established a new Hardstyle label called ‘Digital:Age’. Having worked together previously on collaborations and remixes of each other’s tracks, both Wildstylez and Noisecontrollers felt they needed to leave their parent labels to take their careers to the next level.
2011 saw the first two Digital:Age releases from both Wildstylez and Noisecontrollers, titled ‘A Different Story’ and ‘Stardust’. Following this, Wildstylez released four solo tracks on Digital:Age, ‘Huh?’, ‘Back to Basics’, ‘Lonely’ and ‘Into the Light’. In 2012 Wildstylez produced both the Dutch and Australian Defqon. 1 anthems. The Dutch Anthem, ‘World of Madness’, saw him collaborate again with Headhunterz & Noisecontrollers.
In 2012 Wildstylez had his final release on Digital:Age and also had releases on labels A² Records, Brennan Heart Music, Q-Dance Records and a collection of self released free tracks via social media. These free releases included the popular ‘David Guetta – Wild Ones (Wildstylez Bootleg)’. His 2012 track with singer Niels Geusebroek, ‘Year of Summer’, brought Wildstylez into the mainstream dance music in the Netherlands, reaching platinum status and also receiving airtime on Dutch daytime radio stations. 2012 also saw the release of the popular dance floor number ‘Lose My Mind’ a collaboration with Brennan Heart, the video clip being the most viewed on Wildstylez YouTube channel with over 9 million views.
At the beginning of 2013, a statement from Scantraxx Manager Rudy Peters confirmed that Wildstylez had indeed left the Scantraxx brand after five years, also implying that Digital:Age had been a Scantraxx affiliated label when formed. In January 2013, Wildstylez had the opportunity to host his own X-Qlusive. Held on the 19th of January at the Heineken Music Hall in the Netherlands, X-Qlusive:Wildstylez was a sold at event and included popular Hardstyle artists and former collaborators Noisecontrollers, Headhunterz and Alpha² on the lineup.
n late 2013, Wildstylez formed his own record label titled ‘Lose Control Music’. The Hardstyle label was formed in partnership with ‘Be Yourself Music’, a dance related record label and management company. Wildstylez continued the trend of artists having connections with ‘Be Yourself Music’, who had also recently established similar partnerships with popular Hardstyle artists Frontliner and Brennan Heart. In late 2013, Wildstylez had his first release on ‘Lose Control Music’ with the single ‘Lights Go Out’. Hardstyle producer Max Enforcer has since joined ‘Lose Control Music’, with Wildstylez having one release with him. As of 2014, Wildstylez continues to release on ‘Lose Control Music’.