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Even though he's been working towards his dream for the past 12 years - since he was 14 - it really wasn't until last year that all of Hardwell's hard work finally paid off.

In 2013, Hardwell found himself atop the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list, and was named the #1 DJ in the world.  "It's amazing, i'm really honored to be closing all the festivals now, " Hardwell tells us.

A lot of Hardwell's success can be attributed to Tiesto, who took him under his wing. He says, "(Tiesto) emailed me in 2010, that he really liked my music and my productions," Hardwell explains.  "I sent him some new tunes I was working on, and not even 3 months later he invited me to come with him to Ibiza.  He really opened a lot of doors for me."

Where was Hardwell when he found out he was the #1 DJ in the world?  And does he critique other DJs when he hears them performing?!?  Find out, as we go backstage at the Sunset Music Festival with Hardwell.

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