The Hardwarist (aka Michiel Kok), is a 29-year-old Tekno performer. He got his first Roland 303 at age 15, and gained local fame that same year performing at illegal raves in his hometown all the while carting his gear around in a converted trash container.

From there this amiable, ever positive dude went on to develop his own skills as a live performer, extending his range of machines and synths to include vinyl as well, while diversifying his style, from Hardtek/Tribecore to Tekno/Techno and everything in between.

Lost in music yet at the same time in complete connection with his audience.

One of his early works drew particular attention because of the animation used in the clip. The Hardwarist has made a name for himself, giving solo live-sets, and working with the highly renowned Chewbakka Sound System, among a narrow, but increasingly widening circle of Tekno adepts, who have come to highly appreciate his work throughout Europe including Holland, Belgium, France (having even performed at Frenchtek), and Germany.

Seeing him perform; the perpetual roll-up cigarette dangling from his mouth, one can truly admire extreme hyper-focus humanly personified. Lost in music yet at the same time in complete connection with his audience. Photos cannot truly give this phenomenon justice, yet one can see a glimpse of the sheer connection between the music and the audience bridged by The Hardwarist

The titles of some of his tracks reflect his wry sense of humour and the work presented here enables you to draw your own conclusion about ‘The Hardwarist’

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