Headhunterz keert terug

Een tijdje terug verscheen er op de Facebookpagina van Headhunterz al een evenement genaamd 'Flatline', dat plaats zou vinden in Nieuw-Zeeland. De datum van dit evenement was 25 juni, dezelfde datum als Defqon.1. Ook waren er co?rdinaten bij gegeven, maar het vreemde was dat deze leidden naar een plek in het midden van de oceaan. Wanneer je naar de andere kant van de wereld zou gaan vanaf dat punt, zou je uitkomen op het Defqon.1 terrein. Dat Headhunterz terug zou komen naar Defqon.1 voor de speciale drie uur durende Legends set, werd al een beetje vermoed. Maar hij kwam met nog veel groter nieuws: Headhunterz is helemaal terug!

Na de eindshow werden er posters uitgedeeld met een brief aan de binnenkant, geschreven door Headhunterz zelf:

Dear hardstyle family member,

Yes, this letter is for you, one of Defqon.1's weekend warriors. Remember the picture on this poster? It was taken exactly one year ago, a moment in time that changed my life.

2014 ? I guess it was almost impossible to explain why I left the hardstyle scene to explore the world out there, more so because I didn't even really know myself what I was looking for yet. Hardstyle was the music I grew up with, making it was the most natural thing to do when I started making music. But my mind has always been curious and adventurous. At some point, I couldn't resist the question: "What else is there?". Like Simba that was given the whole kingdom by birthright but couldn't resist to go see what lay beyond.

2016 ? I was learning a lot of new techniques as a producer, seeing new places and standing on my own feet, out there in the big world. Despite not having found what I was hoping for yet, I was doing pretty well. I thought.

When I appeared before you at Defqon.1 2016, I literally broke down. My world fell apart and I saw the bigger picture. Suddenly feeling so tired of going against the stream of my true nature, all the pieces of my puzzle fell together. I had left home only to set out on a journey back to where I started. But now I have been given the answers I was looking for. I did not fall in love with hardstyle just because I grew up with it. It was love at first sight with hardstyle and myself! I fell in love because it was the only music in the world that connected with every part of me that made me human. Raw emotion and energy, uncontaminated and right underneath the surface of our rapidly moving society that consumes everything. It has united people like nothing I have ever seen in my life and it has made even the roughest men shed tears at times, like it did at the moment in time.

That day changed me as a person. I no longer felt the need to prove myself and the world that I could do it all. The illusion that something else better than this is out there evaporated. I made it to the elephant graveyard and back. Thank you for showing me the way home. Thank you for always leaving the door open. I hereby return as a humble member of the community, offering my works, committed to spreading the word.

"One day, sooner or later, we see this music is our destiny"
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