Armin van Buuren and Hardwell have just released their new clubland collaboration, ‘Off The Hook’ on Armind/Revealed. The Original Mix welcomes the listener with a cheerful, percussive horn on the intro that builds to a signature synthesizer lead that might be recognisable by anyone who’s attended an electronic dance music (EDM) festival this summer. This was a big summer track that apparently received a massive reaction every time Hardwell or Armin played it.
A self-proclaimed “nerd” who can easily lose track of time while creating music in his recording studio, Armin has been a long-time fan of the Star Wars franchise. For his part, Hardwell has also been long enamoured of outer-space, even naming one of his earlier tracks, ‘Spaceman’. The official music video for ‘Off The Hook’ presents Armin and Hardwell as animated action figures with a high-tech space theme. Actual figures modelled after the music video characters will be available for sale in a very limited quantity.
Armin van Buuren: “It's so awesome to work with somebody who has a really clear idea about his own sound but is also open to merge his ideas with mine. I wanted to show the world that it can be exciting to try and blend two different worlds together and create something that’s more than just the sum of its parts. The result is a peak-time stormer that works really well in both our sets!”
Hardwell: “It was great to finally work together with Armin and manage to produce one of the most unexpected collaborations!”