Ezra Hazard, one of Asia’s fastest-rising artists, stopped by to spin up a guest mix that highlights his love for hard dance and his electrifying energy.
The sound of hard dance has had a global expansion over the years with beginnings in The Netherlands and North America. However, one of the lesser-known continents that has embraced fast tempos and harder kicks is none other than Asia. Many artists, including Ezra Hazard, have been holding it down through various countries with a unique style that focuses on mainstream records and elements of dance music with a twist of hard dance.
Ezra Hazard has been around for a number of years but has recently started picking up momentum as his sound covers genres from all over the music spectrum, helping him become accessible to a larger audience. “The construct of genres is very outdated, and artists shouldn’t be forced into a box when it comes to the music we make. I prefer to DJ and make music based on certain moods. Right now, I really want to push music with an energetic yet happy and nostalgic vibe,” he said when addressing his versatile style.
This eclectic style that ranges from hard dance to big room to trance has opened the door for him to leave his mark on the scene, most notably at festivals like Tomorrowland and EDC Mexico where a number of his records have been played. The young producer is also earning his stripes as he’s worked with top dogs in the industry like W&W and Timmy Trumpet in addition to releasing on Rave Culture and Revealed Recordings.
His current sound ultimately reflects his roots in dance music, specifically hardstyle. In 2015, Ezra Hazard started listening to hardstyle through artists like D-Block and S-te-Fan, Headhunterz, and Da Tweekaz. As he got deeper into the scene, he felt that he resonated with the styles of artists like W&W and Darren Styles. Eventually, he started to experiment and combine these influences with more genres like Big Room, resulting in the current sound fans hear today.
Looking to keep his momentum going, Ezra Hazard stopped by to spin up a guest mix that highlights his love for hard dance and sneaks in the versatile energy he’s known for. Throughout this mix, fans will hear plenty of records that have been crushing dancefloors in his recent performances, like the DJ Isaac remix of “Push Up” and his spin on “The Nights” by Avicii, along with his latest interpretation of a certified classic in “Barbie Girl” by Aqua. Get a taste of this fast-rising talent by cranking up the volume and tuning into Ezra Hazard’s debut on Paradigm Shift!