Though DJs are the new rock stars, most of them are just electronics and computer nerds at hearts - at least the ones who actually produce. Many are big gamers, with noted partnerships like deadmau5 and Diablo or Arty and League of Legends already existing. Now Hardwell is throwing his hat into the ring by teaming up with Nintendo and The Game Awards to remix a track from his favorite game, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. Specifically he took on the music from Gerudo Valley and brought it to the main stage.
Hardwell gives the Gerudo Valley a markedly generic makeover with pitched big-room synths that are all-too-common on his label Revealed Recordings. He keeps some of the original 8-bit, quirky video game sounds from the original, but then brings in his own compressed synths on top. It fits with what he would play in a set, but doesn't exactly add much else to the tune.
Speaking in a preview to this remix, Hardwell revealed how this opportunity came about and why he chose this track. He was approached by Nintendo to remix any song in their catalog and since The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time is his favorite game, he went with that and chose the Gerudo Valley theme song to remix.
Hardwell is not the only DJ who has been remixing video game music for The Game Awards. Steve Aoki, Dash Berlin, Afrojack and others are all adding their talents to The Game Award's music sweepstakes.
The award show will be streamed tonight, Dec. 4, at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST on Twitch, YouTube, Xbox live, PlayStation Network and more.
Stream Hardwell's rework below.