Talk about career launching tracks for one of the world’s top DJs and it would be inevitable for one to not put Hardwell’s 2012 hit ‘Cobra‘ alongside his statement outputs such as ‘Zero 76‘ along with Tiesto and the captivating original ‘Spaceman‘. Having been Hardwell’s breakthrough year, 2012 marked the year when Hardwell performed on the Tomorrowland main-stage in July, got named as ‘The EDM act to watch’ by MTV and also covered ground in the annual DJMag rankings to set camp at #6. It comes as no surprise that ‘Cobra,’ now 5 years old, contributed to this turn of events for the then budding producer and Revealed Records head-honcho.
Laced with a infectious chord structure and scintillating beat-work, the track was shaped and pruned to be the perfect Energy Anthem – a relationship that took the track to another level altogether given that Energy is one of Europe’s indoor events. What’s more is that Hardwell headlined the Energy event which was held in his home country of Netherlands that year. Sure to get the crowds going at any of the events that year, it was interesting to notice how the peculiar sound of the track got recognized as a typical Hardwell sound, an argument strengthened by some of his releases in those days. It may sound simple in it’s layout and the lack of any vocal structures may deem it unfit for festival stages but contrary to that thought, and to tell the truth, it was the track that the fans were waiting for when attending any Hardwell performance.