Wouter de Vink
By Wouter de Vink

After a long and impressive career, DJ The Prophet has announced his farewell. With more than 35 years under his belt, The Godfather of Hardstyle says goodbye with one last world tour, full of new music: “I gave everything for the harder styles, but it’s time to step out of the spotlight.”

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DJ The Prophet started producing hardcore in 1990 and was part of the first Thunderdome generation. Almost ten years later he became one of the founders of Hardstyle, played at every Q-dance event and established Scantraxx: the label where artists such as Headhunterz, Wildstylez and many others were raised.

According to DJ The Prophet, it is now time to put an end to his career. “But before I stop, we have 1 more year to go,” says the hardstyle legend in his farewell. In addition to many big gigs, the label boss will travel the world with one last project: From The Hard. Expect a lot of new tracks (with artists he has never worked with before) and on top of that Dov will be releasing ‘the hidden treasures from his catalog’. “Let’s end our journey together.”

DJ The Prophet stops: “Hardcore and Hardstyle will always flow through my veins, that will never change”

After this year, DJ The Prophet will focus on a new creative career. For now, Decibel outdoor, Mysteryland and Thunderdome have been announced as one of his last performances. We want to thank DJ The Prophet for everything he has done for the harder styles and wish him all the best.

Statement from DJ The Prophet:

Have no fear to fail…

I’ve always been able to express my passion, experimenting with music.
In the studio, I’ve enjoyed the freedom and space to explore fresh new ideas, experiment with music in creative new ways and do whatever felt right and comfortable for me at the time. Because of this musical freedom, I’ve been a part of the dawn of hardcore and 10 years later, the rise of hardstyle.

Hardcore and Hardstyle will always flow through my veins, that will never change.

However, I can’t overcome the feeling that after 35 years, I have been in constant service of the harder styles. In a way, Hardcore and Hardstyle is like a relationship to me.
Whenever I try something different or slower in the studio, I can’t help but feel guilty, almost as if I was cheating on that relationship.
As an artist, I’ve come to realise that I shouldn’t feel guilty about exploring new ideas.
I long for the creative freedom that I used to experience every day at the beginning of my career.

So, after 35 years it’s time for a new creative journey.
I would love to share what this new path would look like, but I’m afraid it’s something that I first have to feel, discover and experience myself.
For now, I don’t have a new name, act, or logo, so that’s not what this is about.

This new chapter in my life is all about experiencing artistic freedom again.
A new creative and musical adventure set out to create something new, whatever this may turnout to be.

Embracing the struggles will do me good, it will teach me how to move forward.
Undoubtedly, I will encounter many challenges along the way, but I am absolutely sure that if I keep an open mind and allow myself to see the beauty around me, it will open me up to many great possibilities and new experiences.

“Learn to surrender to the things that come your way.”

I would lovingly like to thank each and every one of you that has been a part of my journey through Hardcore and Hardstyle, my fans, colleague’s, friends, relations, critics, everyone.

Together we’ve made Hardcore and Hardstyle to what it is today, and I am sincerely grateful for that. Without you I would never have become the person I am today, proud, happy and fulfilled.

Love you all!


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Footage taken from Facebook-pagina The Prophet / MNO Photo / Spark

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